Role Models Matter


Girls are more likely to take high school physics if they see women in their communities working in science, technology, engineering, and math.

This finding, from a new University of Texas study, holds up even after controlling for other variables like parents' education levels, family income, wealth of the community, and myriad other factors. It all comes down to role models.

Girl Day is your opportunity to put a female face on the engineering profession for the girls in your community. You can make a difference in a girl’s life by showing her the road to a rewarding and engaging career.

 

Source: Riegle-Crumb, Catherine. Social Science Quarterly. The Gender Gap in High School Physics: Considering the Context of Local Communities. 2013