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Women and Girls in STEM
Over the past five years, under the leadership of Chair Lupita Cortez Alcalá and former Chair Geena Davis, the Commission has partnered with several organizations dedicated to improving the interests of women and girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Women and girls in California continue to lag behind their male counterparts in academic performance in STEM fields, enrollment into STEM courses, majoring in STEM fields, and working in STEM careers. Our mission is to increase the participation of girls in STEM classrooms, from Kindergarten to University, and increase the number of women in STEM fields. The Commission has expanded our programming and partnership in our work with the California Department of Education and the University of California, Davis which include financial investments of Commission funds. Please read more about these initiatives to promote community engagement and expand mentorship opportunities for girls and young women in STEM.

Engaging Girls and Young Women in STEM

Under the leadership of Chair Lupita Cortez Alcalá, the Commission has partnered with several organizations dedicated to improving the interests of women and girls in STEM. Women and girls in California continue to lag behind their male counterparts in academic performance in STEM fields, enrollment into STEM courses, majoring in STEM fields, and working in STEM careers. Our mission is to increase the participation of girls in STEM classrooms, from Kindergarten to University, and increase the number of women in STEM fields.

Partnership with the California Department of Education

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls has joined with the California Department of Education to improve STEM education in K through 12 public schools and to strengthen girls’ engagement in STEM classrooms. The CCSWG and the CDE have teamed up to  

1.     develop professional learning modules focusing on instructional strategies to increase access to STEM;

2.     provide a coding demonstration and give participants an opportunity to learn elements of coding at the annual CA STEM Symposium;  

3.     outreach to encourage girls and young women to explore and enroll in STEM courses; pursue postsecondary degrees in STEM majors that will ultimately lead to careers in STEM;  

4.     and organize a series of town hall meetings to identify specific steps for policy makers, educators, and business and community partners to engage young women in STEM educational fields and disciplines.

The Commission and the CDE are proud to be working together to help secure a future of opportunities in STEM careers for young women and girls in California.

Town Hall Series

The Commission and the CDE has partnered to host a series of town hall meetings throughout California to identify steps for communities to engage young women and girls in STEM educational fields and disciplines. We will visit 4 communities in 2017 to expand the network of women and girls in STEM. The town halls will be hosted by their local county office's of education. The Commission is proud to sponsor this event with out partners the California Department of Education, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Riverside County Office of Education and the San Joaquin County Office of Education. 

  • Los Angeles County, Arcadia  - February 22, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden Program and Agenda
  • Riverside County, Riverside - April 20, 2017 |  4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Riverside County Office of Education, Conference Center Flyer
  • San Joaquin County, Stockton -  April 27, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm | San Joaquin County Office of Education, Conference Center 

STEAM Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math 

STEAM is a growing movements to change how STEM classes are taught by incorporating art and design. Including art and design into STEM curriculum can help drive innovation in these fields. 

Future in STEM Careers

Although women make up almost half of the workforce in the United States, they comprise less than 25% of workers in STEM fields. This is reflective of STEM culture in universities and workplaces, which are dominated by men. This creates a revolving door in which women enter STEM fields, experience alienation by the lack of women and discrimination from their male peers, and then leave to find a more inclusive work space. Research has demonstrated that the most effective way to keep women and girls in STEM is through the encouragement of mentors. STEM fields can offer women broader career opportunities and higher salaries and employment is predicted to balloon by almost 17 percent between 2010 and 2020. Engaging women and girls is vital to filling these positions and to California’s future.

College and Career Readiness (High School and College)

Career Resources 


Million Women Mentors - California (MWM-CA)

CALIFORNIA COUNTS

Million Women Mentors, California (MWM-CA) is excited to be an active part of changing the lives of young women and girls through the power of mentoring. MWM-CA has a goal of engaging at least 50,000 mentors and mentees in 2017. Through mentoring MWM-CA believes that young women and girls will gain confidence and knowledge to explore and succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

  • Through the engagement of mentors our goals are to:
  • Increase the percentage of U.S. high school girls planning to pursue STEM careers.
  • Increase the percentage of U.S. young women pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM fields.
  • Increase the percentage of U.S. women staying and advancing in STEM careers through supporting workforce mentoring programs.

MWM-CA wants to be able to help give credit where credit is due. Mentoring WILL positively affect the increase of young women and girls pursuing STEM fields. Mentoring needs to be quantified accurately so the mentoring effect will continue and grow with every generation.

MWM-CA is leading a call to action for Corporations and Individuals to register their mentor programs or themselves at http://www.millionwomenmentors.org/. Registering mentoring programs and mentoring relationships will allow for accurate data to produce accurate correlations regarding the growth of young women and girls working and thriving in STEM fields.

MWM-CA and its supporters want to encourage young women and girls to continue the mentoring effect for years to come. In order to this, please encourage corporations and individuals who already have mentoring programs to register. Together we can PROVE that mentoring relationships can change the world.

STEM Programs and Camps for Girls

Multiple Locations 

Alameda County/Berkeley/Oakland       

Davis

Grover Beach

Los Angeles County/Los Angeles/ Long Beach

San Diego

San Francisco

Santa Clara County/Palo Alto/ San Jose

Santa Cruz County/Aptos/Santa Cruz