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Bridging the STEM Gap With Girl Scouts

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The Girl Scout Research Institute recently found that girls' future career choices are more influenced by inspiring role models than by academic interests.

This finding has prompted the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL) to emphasize fun and engaging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. GSNWGL and other councils also have launched an advocacy initiative to raise awareness about girls' participation in STEM with officials and community leaders at the local, state, and federal levels. High school girls and boys perform equally well in math and science, yet only 20 percent of young women plan to major in a STEM subject, compared to 50 percent of young men, according to the American Association of University Women.

Girl Scouts reaches 2.4 million U.S. girls, making the organization uniquely positioned to address gender equity in STEM education and enrichment.

From Marshfield News Herald (WI) 
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