Million Women Mentors (MWM) was launched on January 8, 2014 in an effort to engage one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors. The initiative’s goal is to empower females to actively pursue STEM education and careers. MWM has 13 corporate sponsors and more thatn 40 organizations dedicated to mentoring and increasing access to professionals working in the STEM field.
MWM’s launch includes the debut of the website www.millionwomenmentors.org, which will be developed in phases. The first phase will include a national call to action for those interested in mentoring. The second and third phase will pair mentors and mentees in STEM Fields.
“We have the responsibility as a country to move the needle on girls and young women in STEM careers from 24 percent of our current workforce to 50 percent,” said Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector and Co-Founder of Million Women Mentors.
“STEM careers offer women and girls the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of innovation. TCS believes we collectively need an all hands on deck approach, clearing hurdles as women navigate careers in STEM, and paving the way towards realizing greater equality and economic success,” said Surya Kant, Tata Consultancy Services’ President for North America, UK & Europe. “We are proud to be a Founding Partner of MWM and pledge our commitment to make mentoring accessible to girls and women across the nation, especially those from underrepresented minorities.”
Founding Sponsors include: Accenture, Cisco, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in addition to Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, Microsoft Research, Walmart and ADP. Silver sponsors include: Adecco Group North America, General Motors, Intellectual Ventures and UST Global.
Sisters Code Perspective: When I entered the field of technology, I didn’t have a formal mentor and unfortunately there were not many females at the technology table. Luckily, I found a mentor and he taught me the value of learning to code and helped me to navigate through a field filled with men. I believe that a formal mentoring program and allowing young girls the ability to see “someone who looks like them,” in the tech field will definitely help to bridge the gender gap in technology. Sisters Code has joined the movement pledging to mentor help females looking to re-career into the field of technology! We are looking forward to joining the movement!
Question: Do you think mentoring will help empower girls in STEM?