Million Women Mentors is an engagement campaign and national call to action that mobilizes corporations, government entities, non-profit and higher education groups, around the imperative of mentoring girls and young women in STEM fields.
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    Million Women Mentors will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers.

    • "Million Women Mentors, we ought to be able to make some progress with this… Thank you for what you are doing, as we encourage and challenge our young women in STEM fields. This is how we're going to be making a difference, and this is how we're going to be translating into the future with our women leaders."

      U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski


      "I know the importance of strong women mentors in my own life.  Congratulations to the Million Women Mentors for their efforts to give young women interested in science and technology the support they need to be successful in these careers!"

      U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow


      "We all should mentor a young person, and in turn that young person will become a mentor for another. It's that simple. You have the opportunity to offer anything and everything."

      U.S. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano


    • "As women who have accomplished so much, we have to look behind us and pull the women on the next rung of the ladder up with us. We have the time, we have the opportunity and that's what encouraging girls in STEM is all about… I am proud to sponsor legislation this year, to make sure that we can encourage young girls and underrepresented minorities to enter the STEM fields."

      U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz


      "Women right now make up about 48% of the workforce, which we all appreciate but only 24% make up the STEM workforce and what's so critical is that those jobs pay more…In New Hampshire alone by the year 2018 we are going to have 43,000 STEM jobs available… All kids do not learn the same way, and it is important that children have mentors."

      U.S Senator Jeanne Shaheen


      "The connection for me with STEM, is our workforce…Almost half the workforce in New Hampshire is female, this has long been a tradition…40% of American families are now lead by a female breadwinner, she is the primary source of income… What we are participating in with this movement [Million Women Mentors] is myth busting, so that policy makers can become more aware of the demographics in our communities…"

      U.S. Congresswoman Annie Kuster


    • "China does not discourage their girls in STEM… America's daughters are capable."

      U.S Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth


      "It is so important that we offer girls the opportunity to experience things, to experience what is like to be a part of a robotics competition or what it's like to go into an engineering firm, to see what they do because we all learn through experience."

      U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono


      "When I was growing up, all my mentors where teachers or nurses so I thought this was normal. I thought those were the only two careers open to me …I want to challenge each of you to adopt this mentor program, its good for business, good for science, good for the country, and good for girls. If you are not already a mentor, we are really encouraging you to step forward and be part of this really important empowerment of girls and women."
      "The STEM industry is expected to add another 750,000 jobs, high paying jobs in the next 10 years, and there are going to be more women…STEM jobs on average pay 35% more, STEM jobs promote equal pay with women earning 92 cents for every dollar…The job outlook is only projected to grow in this field from 2010 to 2020, employment opportunities related to STEM are expected to increase by well over 16%, that’s over 8.5 million jobs in just 10 years."

      U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney


    • "You can't be what you can't see. We need to be sure that young women have the ability and the encouragement to be in STEM fields…If young women cannot visualize the fact they can be doing STEM work as well, that is something we must change. One thing that I think really makes a difference is mentoring."
      "When I was in school, I would always have a Math or Science teacher look at me as I sat there perplexed trying to understand whatever it was that I was learning. They would look at me, tap me on the head and say "that's okay" you don't need to have [know] this. Today that is no longer true, that is not what we tell our girls and it's so important."

      U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis


      "When I was in school, I did all the higher order classes. I did Calculus, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, and not a single person ever asked me if I was interested in going into a STEM field…We have to have girls telling girls, women telling girls, and men telling girls that they can do it. And I am so incredibly passionate about growing young girls in the STEM fields."
      "Are you all excited to be part of a Million Women Mentors! We have quite a job to do, and you have so many partners in the United States of House of Representatives and the Senate who are right there along with you!"

      U.S. Congresswoman Donna Edwards


      "If we're going to keep our competiveness in the global economy, we must prepare our students with the education they need for the jobs of the future. That starts with getting more talented students – and girls – into the STEM pipeline at a younger age, expanding engineering education, and bringing more STEM teachers into high-need communities. Million Women Mentors will make all the difference, giving our young girls role models in STEM fields and mentors to guide them though. We are relying on our children today to be the innovators of tomorrow. It's our job to make sure they are prepared."

      U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

      D- NY

    • "We need to increase the number of women in STEM professions by doing better job Making STEM relevant to their lives."

      Randall Stephenson

      AT&T Inc

      On how to encourage women and minorities to pursue STEM: "Providing mentorship to encourage women and minorities, giving a first-hand look into the makings of a successful STEM career, and creating pathways for knowledge sharing and advice."

      N. Chandrasekaran

      Tata Consultancy Services

      "Many students, whether they're young women or underrepresented minorites, don't know what's out there, or what they need to do to get there, especially those without mentors or contacts to get their foot in the door...
      We hope to change that and help level the playing field."

      Mike Gregoire

      CA Technologies

    • "We must commit to improving US STEM education for all students, particularly girls and underrepresented minorities."

      Philip Blake

      Bayer Corporation

      "We have found mentoring to be one of the most effective ways to encourage women and students of color to pursue math and science careers. Mentoring gives students a connection to someone in the field who can help with career-related questions."

      Inge G. Thulin

      3M Company

      "At Accenture, we nurture strong relationships with national minority and women's organizations, including the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers, and we have internship recruiting programs at historically black colleges and universities and at Hispanic-serving institutions."

      Jorge L. Benitez


    • "At the college level, we partner with the Society of Women Engineers to enlist college students to serve as mentors to girls on STEM projects. Through creative programming and ongoing involvement of dynamic female leaders in engineering, we want to inspire the next generation"

      Klaus Kleinfeld


      "I am particularly proud that from senior level to front line, our co-workers volunteer their time at area high schools to inspire girls in urban areas to seriously consider STEM careers. I think that it is important for these students to understand that problem-solving, logic, and critical thinking skills are useful in any career field."

      Thomas R. Voss


      "Recruitng, advancing and developing female STEM professionals is a core CH2M HILL value. We support programs that open STEM opportunity doors for girls and provide them with strong female mentors and role models."

      Lee McIntire

      CH2M Hill

    • "The focus on STEM education overall is important for our nation's future, but a specific focus on communities of color and women in STEM is essential for our country."

      Doug Oberhelman


      "Provide more minority and women STEM mentors and highlight role models for these young people."

      Francisco D'Souza


      "Our employee groups are very involved. Corning's Society of Women Engineers holds and annual egg drop contest... it really encourages the participants' creativity. And because they interact with women engineers, it also helps inspire girls about career paths in science."

      Wendell P. Weeks

      Corning Incorporated

    • "Often students, especially females and minorities, cannot envision themselves practicing STEM careers in the future. By engaging with role models, students have the opportunity to directly interact with successful STEM professionals, listen to interesting career stories and become excited to study in STEM subjects."

      Tom Lindebarger

      Cummins Inc

      "Key to encouraging more students including women to continue STEM studies is much earlier exposure to STEM activities, including relevant real world experiences supported by mentors and role models."

      Sam Allen

      Deere & Company

      "With the critical shortage of math and science talent, women remain underrepresented in most technical professions and business' need for scientists and engineers remains unmet. Deloitte's sponsorship of the Sally Ride Science Festival is one example of our commitment to encouraging young women to consider careers in math, science and engineering."

      Joe Echevarria

      Deloitte LLP

    • "At a symposium in May, we announced a new initiative to increase women's leadership in logistics and supply chain management. The initiative recognizes the contribution of women leaders to the field and promotes the development of up-and-coming leaders."

      Ann Drake

      DSC Logistics

      "Minorities, girls, kids of all backgrounds can learn and excel in math and science, and we must identify and eliminate any barriers that discourage them from studying these wondrous subjects. We can't wait until kids are in high school to do this. We must start earlier, and that has guided much of our thinking on STEM related programming."

      John C. Lechleiter

      Eli Lilly and Company

      "Role models and mentors play an important role in encouraging women and under-represented minorities to continue their study of STEM subjects."

      Stephen R.Howe, Jr

      Ernst & Young LLP

    • "Access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education must be made widely available, particularly to women and minorities in the United States. It's also critical that we shift societal perception about who can be a STEM leader..."

      Rex Tillerson


      "Freeport-McMoRan has a sustainability target to increase the percentage of women in our workforce, including representation in managerial roles, to 15%. An important element of our STEM strategy includes increasing opportunities for girls, women and minorities by increasing their interest in STEM disciplines."

      Richard C. Adkerson


      "As an industry, we must challenge gender bias in STEM education at the earliest age groups possible and encourage more women to pursue careers in engineering and science. That begins with education the educators and making sure that they are advocating STEM careers to all students."

      Gregg Lowe


    • "A first step, I believe, lies in actively recruiting women and underrepresented minorities to STEM careers and providing the tools they need to advance. We have to create a network of mentors and role models.We give middle school aged girls the opportunity to spend some of their summer working on fun technology projects, hopefully developing a life-long interest."

      Jeffrey R. Immelt


      "Providing students with real world applications for math and science in the classroom will capture their interest early. We must do a better job of identifying STEM leaders in elementary and secondary programming to help guide women and minorities into the STEM workforce."

      Daniel F. Akerson

      General Motors

      "Our Engineering Career Day began as an event for female students only. In the engineering and scholarship competitions during Engineering Career Day, the female students win a commensurate amount of the time-further proving they belong in the field."

      Richard J. Kramer

      The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

    • "The single greatest untapped population for engineering talent is women. Yet young girls make the decision on whether they will pursue a math or science path by the time they are in the 4-6 grades. We have to generate interest among these girls to address the gap of women in STEM, and sustain that passion as those young women attend college and choose their career."

      Michael W. Lamach

      Ingersoll Rand

      "I am entirely confident that fielding a more balanced gender workforcen-ot to mention a more ethnically diverse one-will positively change the game. And not just for my company, but for all companies, for medicine, for education, for humanitarian efforts, for the advancement of the human race."

      Ilene S. Gordon

      Ingredion Incorporated

      "What I think some businesses may be missing out on is hiring women with STEM degrees. I've been in the technology industry for a while and it's still too male dominated, especially in leadership positions. This tells me that companies are missing some opportunities for exceptional talent, and they can and should do better."

      Nathan Myhrvold

      Intellectual Ventures

    • "Shadowing is a critical component in the education process. All students, specifically women, should have many opportunities to learn from local individuals willing to share their experiences and expertise."

      Anita Zucker

      The InterTech Group

      "To broaden the STEM professions, corporate leaders need to have those traits and capabilities that encourage individuals across race, gender and nationality to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and that engage the widest possible participation in these careers."

      Denise Ramos


      "We recognize women and minorities are underrepresented in the STEM fields. As an example, we know that of all the women who seek a STEM education, only 26 percent of them achieve STEM careers. We cannot afford to leave this kind of talent on the table. Ensuring we have the necessary talent to continue to innovate is imperative."

      Marillyn A. Hewson

      Lockheed Martin

    • "Many young women and underrepresented minorities are interested in STEM fields, but they simply don't see a personal pathway tohigher education or a career in these disciplines. It's our job to show young people that a rewarding STEM career is within reach."

      Hugh Grant


      "We partner with Girls Inc. Because we believe in their Eureka! And Operation SMSART programs, both of which encourage girls to explore education an career paths in STEM fields. Our financial and mentor support help with outings, projects, and special events that get girls thinking like scientists. The way we see it, we're helping to educate our future workforce."

      Thomas B. King

      National Grid

      "Locally, NI collaborated with GirlStart, an organization working to increase girls' interest in STEM, to put on afterschool programs giving girls hands-on learning experience and introducing them to inspiring careers in STEM."

      Dr. James Truchard

      National Instruments

    • "It's vital that we increase the numbers of women and minorities in STEM fields, because without their contributions, we will never reach our potential economically and as a society."

      Indra Nooyi


      "The company is also a member of the national Center for Women and Information Technology, which supports increasing women"s participation in technology and computing, and helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers..."

      Dr. Paul E. Jacobs


      "According to the National Center for Women & Technology, women account for only 18% of all computing and information services degrees. There is a need to address this disparity and expand education and career opportunities to these underrepresented groups. Diversity drives innovation and creativity, if we want to prosper in a global market we need to do more to empower women and recruit them into STEM fields."

      Steve Swad

      Rosetta Stone

    • "Providing STEM education to children and young adults, particularly women and minorities, is vital to building a diversified and innovative workforce for the future."

      Steve Bennett


      "Women are an enormous potential STEM resource to which the U.S. has historically largely turned a blind eye. We need to encourage more young girls and women to pursue STEM-related studies and careers, and we need to combat the ofen hidden cultural obstacles that push them away."

      Linda Parker Hudson

      BAE Systems,Inc

      "We've found many students [women and minorities] don't have a good understanding of what an engineer does and are therefore unable to make the association between the importance of math and the science to the technical disciplines."

      D. Scott Davis


    • "I'm particularly conscious of how important it is to make more inroads with younger women in the STEM fields."

      Mary Vermeer Andringa

      Vermeer Corporation

      "We know that women and some minority groups are underrepresented in STEM fields, and that means we are not drawing all of the best talent. To broaden the talent pool, we need to engage early and often. We need mentoring.."

      Mike Duke

      Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

      "We recognize women and minorities are underrepresented in the STEM fields. As an example, we know that of all the women who seek a STEM education, only 26 percent of them achieve STEM careers. We cannot afford to leave this kind of talent on the table. Ensuring we have the necessary talent to continue to innovate is imperative."

      Marillyn A. Hewson

      Lockheed Martin

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    In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than non-STEM jobs. 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend upon mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills. While women comprise 48% of the US workforce, just 24% are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly the last decade. And, while 75% of all college students are women and students of color, they represent only 45% of STEM degrees earned each year. Too many of these young women leave STEM degree paths despite their good academic standing, often citing uncomfortable classroom experiences and climate.Even when women persist to earn a STEM degree,

    women are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM field. STEM fields pay more and the wage gap is 92 cents on a dollar versus 75 cents in other fields.High quality mentoring programs that connect girls and young women with STEM professionals can significantly increase the number of women who pursue and succeed in careers in STEM fields. Exposing girls to successful female role models can help counter negative stereotypes because girls see that people like them can be successful and the stereotype threat can be managed and overcome. Recent surveys report that 18 million US children currently “want and need a mentor, but only 3 million have one.” This must change.

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