Wednesday, June 19, 2013

STEM Workforce Equality: Engaging Girls and Women

Today in Washington D.C., the American Chemical Society Science & the Congress (ACS) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) are sponsoring a briefing and panel discussion on STEM Workforce Equality: Engaging Girls and Women.

Honorary co-hosts are Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will be joined by moderator Madeleine Jacobs, Executive Director, American Chemical Society, who will facilitate a panel  discussion on options to foster youths’—particularly girls’— curiosity and build a future STEM workforce that reflects the national population and helps to deliver prosperity to our communities.  Panelists include Anna Maria Chavez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA; Carol Amos, Manager Field Engineering Program, DuPont, Cassandra Alexandra, Gold Award recipient, Girl Scouts of Alaska Council; and Judy Brown, Senior Vice President of Education, Miami Science Museum.  Anne Hogan, CEO, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council, will be attending along with girl scouts from Senator Coons’ state of Delaware.

The topic is of great importance given that a workforce trained in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) drives innovation and a strong economy.  While young people possess a natural excitement for STEM, young women represent a minority of STEM workers.  Panelists will speak to best practices in out-of-school settings to engage and energize girls into STEM interests with a focus on the K-12 age group.