In recent years, we’ve seen a ton of great organizations take action to help girls get interested in STEM; giving them mentors, role models, and education to dispel the notion that technology is just for boys. Here are just a few that stand out!
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is an incredible success story — in just five years, the organization has become a nationwide support network for girls getting into STEM at a young age, covering tens of thousands of girls in rural areas and cities alike.
With a growing list of major corporate sponsors, the organization has gone from providing coding courses, free clubs, and activities to girls to establishing entire pipelines, helping girls through K-12 education and into universities and, ultimately, STEM careers, providing invaluable mentoring through every step of the process.
STEM for Her
Formerly the Women in Technology Education Foundation, STEM for Her has been addressing the gender gap in tech for a long time.
It was founded in the D.C. metropolitan area in 2004, and that’s where it still serves girls, providing education, scholarships, and mentoring.
The organization makes a particular effort to reach out to girls from more socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, offering tech as one path to social mobility.
American Association of University Women
The AAUW has been working to advance education for women and girls since 1881, so it’s no surprise that they’ve come to take an active role in promoting STEM education for girls in the present day.
The AAUW tackles all parts of the problem — they fund research on the gender gap, actively lobby all levels of government, provide funding for women-led STEM projects, and provide educational resources to girls looking to get into STEM careers.
They’ve got tons of experience with all of that work, making them an indispensable part of the solution.
The Girl Scouts of America have gotten serious about STEM, too — they even have STEM badges that scouts can earn! The Girl Scouts STEM pledge is to have reached 2.5 million girls with their STEM initiatives by 2025, a goal that has become a significant part of their fundraising efforts.
It was also what spurred them to start online cookie sales in 2016, when they allowed individual scouts to set up their own sales pages as a way to get experience running a website.
National Girls Collaborative Project
We might as well end with the project that supports other projects! The National Girls Collaborative Project actively seeks our organizations dedicated to helping girls along through STEM education and careers, providing money and resources where they can.
Over 5,000 partners are listed on their website, ranging from other organizations on this list to smaller clubs and educational departments within individual cities and schools!