Girls and STEM: paving the way for diversity

Breaking the gender gap in the STEM fields is vital to the world’s development. To attain this goal, young girls must be encouraged to pursue careers in science, so that the next generation of scientists is more diverse than ever before. From Google to NASA, DiscovHER selected the companies and NGOs that are concentrating their efforts to get more girls into STEM!

Google: Made With Code

Following Google’s long standing commitment to increasing diversity in Computer Science, the company launched « Made with Code », and initiative seeking to champion creativity, girls, and code, all at once. The movement is designed to do three things: To inspire girls by celebrating women and girls who are using code to do great things; to engage girls to try coding through introductory projects and resources; and to sustain their interest by creating alliances and community around girls and coding.

National Girls Collaborative Project (USA): FabFems

The FabFems directory is an American database of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions who are inspiring role models for young women. The FabFems directory is accessible to young women, girl-serving STEM programs, and other organisations that are working to increase career awareness and interest in STEM.

Learn all about FabFems here.

Girls Who Code

Founded by Reshma Saujani in 2012, Girls Who Code works to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields. Together with leading educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs, this non-profit organization has developed a new model for computer science education, pairing intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship and exposure led by the industry’s top female engineers and entrepreneurs.

Learn all about Girls Who Code here.


Women@NASA encourages girls to pursue careers in STEM by featuring female NASA employees who explain their career paths and work, and by creating a STEM education program for middle school students to be mentored virtually through Skype or Google chat by NASA employees.

Learn more here.

Rails Girls

Rails Girls was born in Finland, but is nowadays a global, non-profit volunteer community. Their aim is to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas. For this, they organize events all over the world, and provide materials to organize workshop as well as guides in several languages.

Learn more here.

Do you know other great initiatives encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM? Let us know at @4womeninscience!

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