Girls in STEM: A (Data-based) Tale of Confidence & Satisfaction

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What attracts female-identifying students to STEM fields, particularly those that use digital technologies, and what distances them from these fields? Join NGCP in collaboration with Gender Scan as we explore what data tells us about the importance of educators, parents and peers in order to engage, retain, and fulfill women and girls in technology fields, and STEM in general.

The Girls in STEM: A (Data-based) Tale of Confidence & Satisfaction webinar was hosted by NGCP and Gender Scan on Februrary 21, 2023. In this webinar recording, speakers break down data collected from approximately 3,000 teenage participants who took the Gender Scan 2021 survey. Speakers from the Gender Scan project will explain the need to build adolescent girls’ confidence in STEM, show them the global importance of studying STEM, and describe the role of educators, parents, and peers.

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Claudine Schmuck

Claudine Schmuck is the Managing director of Global Contact, which provides management consulting services to CEOs and decision-makers on innovation and gender balance in STEM. In 2008, she launched the Gender Scan global survey on women in STEM, which now involves 200 partners, representing an audience of 3.5 million people in the word. She is also an expert working with the European Commission. Previously, while holding senior positions in the media and IT sector, she taught ICT for 10 years at the CELSA (Paris IV, Sorbonne) at Master and Doctorate level. She is also the author of the successful “Women in STEM disciplines”, published by Springer in 2017.

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Vitória Acerbi

Vitória Acerbi is the Gender Scan program manager, conducting data analysis and research on gender equality in education and in the workplace. Having studied in the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and at the University of Salamanca, she worked afterwards in research networks, consulting firms and international organisations in Europe and Latin America and published numerous research pieces, notably articles and book chapters.

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Jennifer Breslin

Jennifer Breslin is the Executive Director and Founder of Futuristas, a non-profit organization that seeks to build a more responsive and responsible STEM and Innovation (STI) ecosystem with a focus on youth programming and networked partnerships.  This work covers: science STI topics such as AI, extended reality and other digital technologies, biomimicry, climate, and space; entry points such as community planning, informal education and advocacy; and methodologies such as futures and systems thinking and gendered innovations.  A major flagship program – Model Mars – brings together all of these elements.

Previously, Jennifer worked for over two decades in the United Nations system on STI for global development, establishing or growing related portfolios in several UN organizations, including UN Women, the UN Development Program, and the Department for Economic and Social Affairs. Her work spanned technical support to country offices around the world, program development, research and advocacy, and national and global policy framework development. 

She also serves on the Board of the Rhinebeck Science Foundation, the Champions Board of the National Girls Collaborative Project, the Community Advisory Board of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, her local Climate Smart Community Task Force and has been a Girl Scout Troop Leader.

Jennifer received her MA from the Fletcher School and her BA from UC Berkeley.

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