Although women make up almost half of the workforce in the United States, they comprise less than 25% of workers in STEM fields.
As a mentor, you can help close this gap. Mentorship provides young women and girls access to STEM professionals outside of their personal networks and opens their eyes to education and careers they may not have previously known about or considered.
In partnership with the National MWM movement, California is providing a platform to connect mentors with mentees in a flexible format that meets your schedule, location, and availability in-person or remotely. To inspire the next generation in STEM, submit your pledge below and join today! A “Pledge” with MWM is a commitment made to mentor a young woman in STEM for 20 hours in the year and will also sign you up to receive regular communication and support from the national movement. Share what you know, spur new curiosity, and make a difference!
STEM is the work of tomorrow, and it is today’s path to success. STEM employment is predicted to balloon by almost 17 percent between 2010 and 2020. So why aren’t women pursuing STEM degrees and careers? Is it because they are not great at math? Are they disinterested in science? Of course not. Millions of girls and young women would earn STEM degrees and pursue STEM careers if they had one simple thing: encouragement. Today, only 15 percent of high school girls in the U.S. express interest in pursuing STEM college majors or careers (compared to 40 percent of high school boys). This is unacceptable. It is our responsibility to make sure that all girls can find a place in STEM. We need to encourage and support them as they begin their STEM education and transition into a STEM career. But without an organized program, it’s difficult for professionals to know how to help and connect with these young women. Through an automated, scalable and easy-to-use platform, MWM eliminates the obstacles that have stymied past efforts of similar scope. MWM’s program gives STEM professionals a choice of mentorship opportunities (face-to-face, online, paid internships or apprenticeships, workplace mentoring, or sponsorship) in order to reach and assist young women of all demographics. MWM’s vision is for a STEM revolution-one mentor, and one girl, at a time. We’ve already seen some amazing progress, but imagine what could happen if every STEM professional made a commitment to mentoring one-on-one for just two hours a month. We could truly change the game. Maya Angelou once said, “In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care.” We all care about the phones in our hands, the computers on our desks, and the cars that we drive. But we must care even more about the girls who want to invent, explore, and discover the next generation of amazing STEM breakthroughs and who just need a little encouragement to do so.
Participation in a high-profile program like MWM-CA demonstrates your leadership and gives your company exposure as a partner in creating California’s sustainable workforce development strategies.
Why do we need to get and keep more females in STEM?
Shortages in a skilled workforce will be a major deterrent to economic growth and competitiveness for your company, our state and our country:
How does the MWM-CA initiative bring us all together to solve this problem? MWM-CA will match your company with a Regional STEM Hub, school or organization to connect you with STEM opportunities from which to choose.
There is no cost to participate. You will just be asked to invest just 20 hours mentoring a young woman on this topic. The mentoring format can be in person, via Skype or any number of options that will help you connect in a meaningful way.
Mentees, if you are looking for a mentor please sign-up to connect with one of our partner organizations.
Californians know how vital it is to support girls in STEM education and provide young women with opportunities to succeed in STEM careers.
We want you to know that if you have interests in