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IWLC Executive Director Diane Ramsey today applauded the announcement by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds that the state of Iowa is launching “Million Women Mentors – Iowa,” an effort to recruit 5,000 female and male mentors from all 99 Iowa counties in the next four years to educate and mentor young girls and women, specifically encouraging them to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers.
The first statewide model of its kind, Million Women Mentors (MWM)-Iowa, seeks to create an environment in Iowa that prepares all students with the necessary skills to compete in a global knowledge-based economy.
“Iowa has recognized the startling STEM statistics as they relate to women nationally,” says Ms. Ramsey. “A paltry 24 percent of STEM workers are women – but women make up 48 percent of workers in all occupations.”
“IWLC is prepared to support Million Women Mentors – Iowa mentors and mentees as they begin their journey in STEM mentorship and education. The STEM gap must be addressed and this mentorship program is a necessary first step.
“If women are to be competitive and employable in the workforce, STEM education and mentorship must be more readily available. Our economy is growing in this direction – and young girls and women need to be mentored in STEM areas so that they feel welcome in the classroom and confident in their STEM abilities.”
For more information about Million Women Mentors (MWM) – Iowa, visit http://mwmia.org.