Advancing Women and Girls in STEM Careers through Mentoring

Through the engagement of two million mentors, our goals are to:

1. Increase the percentage of high school girls planning to pursue STEM careers.

2. Increase the percentage of young women pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM fields.

3. Increase the percentage of women staying and advancing in STEM careers through supporting workforce mentoring programs.


Women with STEM jobs earned 33 percent more than comparable women in non-STEM jobs, considerably higher than the STEM premium for men. As a result, the gender wage gap is smaller in STEM jobs than in non-STEM jobs.

A Gender Gap Exists in STEM Major/Career Interests

  • Female high school students are significantly less likely than their male counterparts to have plans to pursue a college major or career in STEM (15% vs. 44%).

  • Male students are about 8 times more likely to say they plan to pursue a career in Engineering or Technology than female students.

  • 80% of female students interested in a STEM major or career plan to specifically pursue the Sciences, compared to only 30% of male students interested in a STEM major.

Educators Identify the Need for Mentoring Relationships:

One out of 3 educators report they had a mentor relationship with a teacher in their high school.

Nearly 60% of educators see their students struggling with motivation, support or confidence in planning for college.

59% of educators believing mentoring/motivational programs would help students prepare for their futures.


The Desire Exists for Mentorship among Female Students

  • One out of 4 female students report their greatest challenges in attending college are confidence, motivation, or support.

  • Only 4% of female students interested in pursuing STEM were encouraged to do so by a mentor.

  • Twenty percent of current female high school students interested in a STEM discipline say they would like to learn more about mentoring and motivational programs to help prepare them for the future.


    Women in stem earn 33% more than comparable non-stem jobs.


    Current female high school students seeking mentorship programs.



    One out of three educators report having a mentor relationship to get to where they are now.



    59% of educators believe mentoring programs help students greatly in preparing for their future.

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