timberland london empowers girls for STEM careers with MODEL program
WESTERVILLE, OH (WCMH) The Journal of Science published a study about a year ago suggesting that girls as young as six can be led to believe that men are inherently smarter and more talented than women. As a result, some girls may shy away from certain fields of work, especially STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.
To help combat this, about 80 eighth grade girls in the Westerville City School District went to Westerville North High School on Wednesday for the MODEL (Mentors Opening Doors, Enriching Lives) program. They watched and discussed the critically acclaimed film Figures and then listened to a panel of women in STEM careers.
makes me want to go do something, said student Jalissa Lopez. makes me not want to sit down and be quiet. It makes me want to fight for women and equality. Lopez and Sabrina Freshly are both eighth graders at Blendon Middle School.
because of their gender men are almost preferred over women, said Freshly. confuses me because there nothing that we can do that men can do, really no difference. 13 years old, both students already know they can be successful in whatever they choose, no matter what obstacles stands before them.
ExecutiveDirector of secondary academic affairs Scott Reeves said women are typically under represented in STEM careers.
a concerted effort not just here in Westerville, but around the country to build more women, more women of color, more women period into those fields and let them see that this is a viable option for you, said Reeves.
That exactly what the MODEL program sets out to do.
seen better behavior. We seen increased attendance, said Reeves. seen increased grades and we see the young ladies see a greater possibility for themselves in the future. even though they not exactly sure what they want to do when they grow up, Freshly and Lopez are already well on their way to bright future.
think I can do anything that I want to do and as long as I try, I think I be able to succeed in one way or another, said Freshly
is just gender, said Lopez. am still a powerful woman and I a powerful person. That all that matters. said they always looking for inspiring women to come mentor and uplift their students each month. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.