Across history, women have proven their abilities to grasp and prevail in male dominated industries including sports, technology, politics, business and more. Yet we still fall incredibly short of changing the career pipeline for girls.
Too often, America has failed to invest in itself because it has failed to invest in girls. Today, fewer than 10 cents of every philanthropic dollar is spent on girls. We know girls show a tendency to lose interest in the fields of tomorrow, like STEM, when they receive the message from society that science and technology is “for boys.” This means we are losing out on the insights, ideas, and potential impact of girls for our future. If we want America to remain a world leader, we have to champion the types of programming that helps girls sustain the gains they make in school.
At Girl Scouts, we have always known that girls are the key to our collective future.
Gender balance in the workplace is vital to ensuring that every outlook is considered. To us, there’s no mystery as to why corporate boards with more female members outperform male dominated boards. One of the best things we can do as a nation to ensure the long term strength of America is to invest in girls.
Here in Northeast Texas, we recognize that our rapidly growing and changing workforce needs are dependent on preparing girls to enter STEM fields. That was the inspiration behind the development of the STEM Center of Excellence in southwest Dallas – a living laboratory where girls can explore STEM programs, activities and careers. The progressive 92-acre campus serves girls K-12th grade with girl-led, hands-on programming led by STEM experts. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is raising $13M to invest in this facility which we expect to ultimately change the workforce pipeline in North Texas.
This is the time for Americans to act. Wherever you see courageous, determined, effective female leaders, you are most likely looking at one of our 59 million alumnae. With over 90 percent of Americans suggesting that they believe out-of-school programs play an important role in helping girls maintain their interest in STEM and other fields, Girl Scouts is poised to address that need.
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas needs the community to engage with this work as volunteers, as investors and as advocates for girls. Learn more at gsnetx.org.
Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas