AAUW: Empowering Girls and Young Women with STEM

AAUWAAUW provides opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as part of our mission to empower women and girls. Our nationwide programs, research, and advocacy encourage members to work in their own communities to ensure that women achieve equality in the important and high-paying STEM fields.

We understand that mentorship is an essential part of STEM programs that inspire women and girls. We introduce girls to successful female role models in STEM through nationwide programs such as Tech Trek, our weeklong summer camps for rising eighth-grade girls, and Tech Savvy, our one-day career conferences for girls in grades 6–9. In these programs, we break down stereotypes about the traditionally male-dominated STEM fields and teach a total of 3,200 girls that these fields can lead to successful and exciting careers.

Across the country, in more than 1,000 local branches, AAUW members address the needs of their communities through programs that put AAUW research into action. Girls have the chance to interact one-on-one with women in their communities who have broken through barriers in STEM and can provide insight on how to pursue a STEM career.

We also support women throughout all stages of their careers with millions of dollars each year in fellowships for women’s graduate education as well as grants for community projects that put their research into action. Over 125 years, we’ve awarded fellowships and grants to more than 12,000 recipients — many in STEM fields — establishing AAUW among the leading private funders of women graduate students in the world.

In March 2015, AAUW will release our highly anticipated research report, Solving the Equation: Women in Computing and Engineering which will examine the underrepresentation of women in these fields and make recommendations for recruiting and retaining more women at the college and workplace levels. This report reach a wide and diverse audience based on the popularity and impact of our 2010 research report Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

AAUW is thrilled to continue our work with STEMConnector and to be a member of Million Women Mentors (MWM). We value the opportunities MWM brings to communicate to the larger STEM community and learn more about what other STEMConnector members are doing to further the goal of securing mentorship for women and girls nationwide.

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