Ending the gender gap to innovation in Memphis

STEM, otherwise known as science, technology, engineering and math is today’s hottest topic in the educational world.  Entire schools are devoting their curriculum to enhance these core areas--and parents are clamoring to enroll their children.

Yet, women are vastly underrepresented in the STEM workforce.  Even less prevalent, minority women comprise fewer than 1 and 10 employed scientists and engineers.  Girls Inc., a non-profit focused on the needs of girls in the Memphis area, is working to close the gap.

Eureka! is a five year comprehensive program designed to inspire girls ages 12-18 to pursue a range of academic and career paths, especially in science, technology, engineering an math (STEM) related fields.   Girls enter the program before their 8th grade year and continue through high school graduation.

Girls involved in the program complete a series of summer training programs before participating in the Workplace Exploration Program--in which they are placed as an intern of sorts in the STEM field.  

Past workplace sponsors include Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Medtronic, MLGW, Regional One Health Centers, Memphis Zoo, WKNO-FM, and Patterson Law Offices.    

Girls Inc. is seeking more workplace sponsors in the fields of technology, science, biotech, engineering, architecture, healthcare, law, finance, media, and public service.  Those interested should contact Rondalyn Martin for more information.

Read more articles by Kate Crowder.

Kate Crowder is a freelance writer and veteran educator who has taught for over a decade in public schools. The longtime Memphian and mother of three is frequently found on the stage as musician, actor, or director when not filling her role as contributor and Assistant Editor at High Ground News.
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