AGR is passionate about reducing the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. What a thrilling announcement by GSUSA CEO, Sylvia Acevedo, at the Dreamforce Conference, that The Girl Scouts of America is working to raise $70 million to bring 2.5 million girls into the STEM pipeline by 2025.
Developing the next generation of female leaders in STEM fields takes a coordinated effort among government, industry, and academia. The Girl Scouts is positioned to have an enormous impact on these efforts. They have been preparing girls to become leaders for 100 years, and more than two thirds of the female Members of Congress and a full 80% of women business owners were Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts are almost twice as likely as non–Girl Scouts to participate in STEM activities (60 percent versus 35 percent), and 77 percent of girls say that they are considering a career in technology because of Girl Scouts. “Girl Scouts has the largest pipeline of future female leaders available, and no place is this more important than in STEM fields,” said Acevedo. “By working with individuals and companies that understand the importance of investing in all girls, we can fundamentally change the STEM pipeline and the future of its workforce. Girl Scouts is the only organization for girls with the expertise and reach to help pave the way for any young girl—no matter if she lives in Middle America or a major city—to break barriers and achieve any dream she may imagine. For millions of girls, this means excelling in STEM—and I’m incredibly proud that the Girl Scout STEM Pledge will make that dream a reality and change the dynamics of women in these exciting fields.”
Learn about Girl Scouts’ STEM programming and initiatives.