Friday, March 27, 2015

Girl Scouts Celebrated by the White House!

As reported by pretty much every news outlet possible, Girl Scouts rocked the 2015 White House Science Fair. If you missed it, check out this awesome video via Mashable.

Girl Scouts were represented by “The Supergirls,” a team of six-year old Girl Scout Daisies from Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma who invented a battery-powered page turner for people with arthritis, people who are paralyzed, or “people who have no arms”; and Lauren Prox, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient whose project “Reaching New Altitudes” aims to reverse the small percentage of minorities and females participating in the fields of aviation and STEM.

The White House even tweeted about it!

But why is this work so important to Girl Scouts? According to Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, girls are aware that gender barriers persist: 57 percent say that if they were to go into a STEM career, they’d “have to work harder than a man to be taken seriously.”

And they’re right. Girls will still have to struggle with inequalities between the sexes. Girl Scouts is committed to doing something about this.

Along the way, our goal is to help millions of highly qualified young women launch and sustain careers in any field that attracts them, overcome barriers that confront them, and enter the ranks of senior leadership and thrive there. It’s what our country needs.