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Watch and Engage: Girls in STEM

Summary: 
Trailblazing women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields share their experiences and encourage young women to follow in their footsteps – or blaze a trail of their own.

Women and girls continue to be significantly underrepresented in the STEM fields – a trend that starts early and comes at a serious cost to both the career prospects of our young women and the success of our economy. By ensuring women and girls receive the exposure, encouragement, and support they need to enter and succeed in STEM fields, this country can benefit from the full range and diversity of its talent. 

The White House Council on Women and Girls is excited to announce a White House event that features a panel of trailblazing women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields who will share their experiences and encourage young women to follow in their footsteps – or blaze a trail of their own. Watch the event live at www.wh.gov/live tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 10:30am ET. During the event, panelists will answer questions from a live audience and also take questions submitted online. Ask your questions here or on Twitter using the hashtag #GirlsInSTEM.

This event will also include the very first public screening of “Girls in STEM,” a video on girls in STEM, featuring footage from girls who participated in the 2012 White House Science Fair.

Event Agenda:

  • 10:30-10:35am: Remarks by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
  • 10:35-10:45am: Premiere of “Girls in STEM” video, featuring girls who participated in the 2012 White House Science Fair
  • 10:45-11:30am: Panel on Women and Girls in STEM moderated by Administrator Jackson and featuring the following panelists:
    • Dr. Cady Coleman, NASA Astronaut, Colonel, U.S. Air Force, retired
    • Jocelyn Goldfein, Director of Engineering, Facebook
    • Dr. Jean Hernandez, President, Edmonds Community College
    • Bianca Bailey, President, Howard University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders

The White House is committed to proving opportunities for all students to engage in STEM. Below is a photograph from the second White House Science Fair that recognized achievements in STEM from across the country.

President Obama Speaks to Samantha Garvey

President Barack Obama hosts the second White House Science Fair celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President talked with Samantha Garvey, 18, of Bay Shore, N.Y., about her environmental sciences project examining the effect of physical environment and predators on a specific species of mussel, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 7, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)