International Women’s Day

Sunday, March 8th was International Women’s Day. To celebrate, Tech giant Microsoft posted this moving YouTube spot. It features young girls interested in science and technology, and highlights STEM’s persistent gender confidence gap. At The Franklin Foundation, our key focus is to close this gap by encouraging America’s young women to pursue careers in the sciences and technology. We believe more women in the sciences and technology is important to the health of American innovation. Click here to learn how our programs work to develop young women into scientists. Let’s celebrate International Women’s Day everyday – and encourage our young girls to explore careers in the sciences, mathematics, technology, and engineering disciplines.

Do you have a daughter, granddaughter, or niece? Are they interested in STEM careers? Let us know and share your own experiences if you yourself are in a STEM discipline.

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  • North Jersey Reader

    March 21 is NJ Makers Day. Will EduFocus be at any of the events around the state? Some town libraries are conducting events.
    Does PA have a similar event?

    • Endre Walls

      Thank you for telling us about this – it looks awesome. We will cover the event and share the word with readers. PA does not have something like this that we are aware of, but it’s a great idea that we will definitely share.

      Thanks again for sharing this!

  • North Jersey Reader

    Omgoodness EduFocus,
    Look at your locale:
    -Drexel University, which began in the 1800s as a coeducational institute. DU acquired Hahnemann Med School, right?
    -Lafayette College, which went coed in 1970, now has women engineering profs
    Visit your neighbors and interview their talented women faculty instead of posting a sappy video that highlights gender confidence gap.

    The MicroSoft card didn’t even have a rubber-stamped Melinda Gates signature.

    Profile your grant recipients on your blog; celebrate their successes. It would mean more and interest your readers.

    • KerryAnn

      So it sounds like you don’t think the gender gap even exists? Are you blind? Of course it does – and the fact that colleges that have engineering degrees are co-ed means what exactly? Drexel has a communications degree…as does Lafayette – and more girls are pushed in that direction than in STEM fields which is a FACT proven out by the less than 38% of girls in high-tech or scientific fields across multiple industries. Maybe you should get your head out of the sand. I think what they’re doing here is cool – spreading the word about an important issue, who cares who created the content. As a reader, I was interested in this and appreciated the message.

    • Endre Walls

      I do recognize how bad Microsoft looks in the true education reform space seeing as how they’re behind common core and PARCC which we are vehimately against, but the editors felt (and I agree) that the content was solid and shares an important message.

      Please understand that what we have in this area (Delaware Valley) is significantly outside the norm. Enrollments in STEM disciplines at colleges across the country are on the rise for women, but many do not complete their STEM degrees, and those that do, are finding their workforce entry to be a bit tougher for them than it is for their male counterparts. Especially in Information Technology. As a tech exec for a number of years, I’ve hired over 200 people. I’d say I’ve only seen fewer than 30 resumes for women in fields like network engineering, security, systems admin, or devops engineer. That’s not diverse at all, and we need greater focus on improving those stats.

      Thank you for your comments!

      • North Jersey Reader

        Mr. Wells, Recently I read an article that STEM degreed women were leaving the field after 10-12 years because it was more than “a bit tougher” even w. experience. It’s truly a shame to lose that expertise.

        Some of the science magnet high schools, which increased in that last decade, seem promising.

        After reading that you’re vehemently against CCSS & PARCC, I’ll go out of my way to send you any science-y stuff that might enhance your efforts. Think we can do much better educating youths.
        -Invite Chelsea Clinton to visit. She had neat post re Girls Coding on her Facebook page, late 2014 I think. She did MPHealth degree at Columbia or NYU. You’re close enough for her as new Mom to do a day trip.

      • North Jersey Reader

        Noted on your F Fdtn website that you conduct Parent Challenge all over the US. Would you contact Newark, NJ Mayor’s Chief Education Officer Dr Lauren Wells. She is a serious Ed leader; she & Ras Baraka recently launched literacy initiative, Believe in Reading. Ras Baraka taught in Newark schools, worked up to Principal Central HS.

        Parents in Newark care–they are contending w. school closings under Cami Anderson’s misguided superintendency. Your support could help because Zuckerberg’s funds mostly went to consultants or the Foundation for Newark’s Future highly paid CEO & staff.