Ellevate's mission is to close the gender achievement gap in business by offering professional women the resources they need to advance in their careers. But what about the next generation — the young girls for whom we're shattering the glass ceilings, so that they don't have to? Investing in the success of girls and young women is crucial, and a major step towards our mission, because the future is female.
Women are more likely than men to graduate from college, as well as more likely to work towards higher education after. However, while girls succeed at the same level as boys in math and science in grades K-12, the number of Bachelor degrees in computer science, engineering, and physical sciences earned by young women are significantly lower than those earned by young men. The numbers are even lower for minority women. As a result of these low rates, women, and especially minority women, remain underrepresented in careers in STEM.
And when it comes to leadership positions in government offices, girls are simply less likely to receive encouragement to participate in politics. Male students are twice as likely to say they will run for office at some point in their careers than female students. Research says that the reason for girls' lack of interest in holding a leadership position in politics, despite an interest in the issues, stems from several factors that include less socialization to think of politics as a career path, less exposure to information about current policy from their schools, and maybe most dishearteningly, they don't believe they'd ever be qualified to run. This all accounts for an underrepresentation of women in US government.
So, where's the disconnect? How do we get girls to remain interested in math and science, and to help them believe that they can be just as qualified as the boys to be leaders? Thankfully, there are more and more organizations stepping up that are dedicated to supporting girls and young women in these fields through education, leadership development, and mentorship.
Companies Investing in Our Future Female Leaders
- Girls Who Code: A non-profit organization with a mission to close the gender gap in technology by offering after school and summer programs for girls to exercise their interest in computer science.
- GoldieBlox: A global multimedia company "disrupting the pink aisle" by creating toys, games, videos, books and more that encourage girls to be inventors, builders, and engineers.
- Girl Scouts: For over 100 years, the Girl Scouts have been on a mission to give girls the courage to make a difference in the world through programs that build their leadership skills.
- Rock The Street Wall Street: Rock The Street, Wall Street programs inspire, educate, and equip girls with the skills to succeed financially throughout their lives and potentially pursue a career in finance.
Ellevate is proud to work with many of the companies on this list because we believe that as a community of companies committed to closing the many gender gaps that exist today, the power of shared resources, knowledge, and passion is critical. Take a look at the complete list of companies here.
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