Elevating Girls & Young Women in STEM: Resources


Put Her FIRST® video series
A collection of FIRST® LEGO® League videos featuring young women team members.

Creating Opportunities to Elevate Girls in STEM (FIRST Inspire blog)
by Shelley Henderson, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for FIRST
(see also Scholastic Blog)

STEM Gender Equity: Supporting Girls in STEM Without Diminishing Boys: A Collaborative Journey (FIRST Inspire blog)
by Domonique Bulls, Ph. D.; FIRST STEM Equity Fellow



Understanding Female Involvement in FIRST by Addie Bjornson:
Evaluation data from studies of FIRST LEGO League, FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Competition demonstrate that girls are engaged in the program, experiencing positive outcomes and increasing their interest and intention to have a career in STEM


FIRST Like A Girl #FIRSTLikeAGirl strives to improve the culture of STEM by sharing the experiences of the successful women and girls in FIRST. By showcasing the many incredible women of FIRST and their stories, girls can find role models who they identify with and are inspired by.  Through this social media campaign, we empower girls with the confidence to overcome cultural pressures, follow their dreams in STEM, and become active members of the FIRST community.

You Go Girl This initiative personifies team dedication to reversing society’s perception of women in engineering by inspiring girls to become involved in STEM fields. These efforts are focused at the younger generation, attempting to teach girls that science and engineering can be exciting, fun, and challenging.

LGBTQ+ of FIRST An organization dedicated to raising awareness and acceptance of LGBTQ+ participants in FIRST.

Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: To close the gender gap in technology. The organization is building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States. Girls Who Code offers learning opportunities for students and alumni to deepen their computer science skills as well as their confidence.

Professional Organizations

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) was founded in 1950 and is a not-for-profit educational and service organization in the United States. SWE is a FIRST alliance and has over 37,000 members in nearly 100 professional sections and 300 student sections throughout the United States

Women@NASA houses collection of 64 videos and essays from women across the agency who contribute to NASA’s mission.

The Million Women Mentors movement supports the engagement of millions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and  women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers by 2020.

National Girls Collaborative Project brings together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) is a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organization. The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity offers research-based, strategy-driven, practical-application-focused professional development services that equip educators with tools to address specific school needs related to equitable learning environments, student academic success and ultimately, college and career readiness.

In partnership with schools and at Girls Inc. centers, we focus on the development of the whole girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her inherent strengths. The combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

Women In Science and Engineering (NSBE) is ready to connect and network with our members. Through social media, webinars, workshops and community outreach, WISE is here to serve and support you. For decades, women have forged ahead in the areas of STEM, which has given NSBE Women in Science and Engineering Special Interest Group (WISE SIG) a platform to affect change by giving everyone a voice to be heard.

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