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Girl Scouts Doing Their Part To Encourage Your Daughter’s Love Of Science And Technology

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girl scoutsWhile some may continue to wring their hands over Girl Scouts being “pro-abortion” and “pro-lesbian,” the organization continues to be prioritizing your daughter’s achievements and opportunities no matter how she identifies. That’s why in the week of their 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts is making an even bigger commitment to getting scouts some face time with some powerful “STEM” (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) mentors.

Newsday reports that even though 82% of teenage girls surveyed say that they feel “smart enough” to have careers in STEM subjects, 50% reported that they would be uncomfortable being the only girl. A sizeable and perceptive 57% girls said that if they went into one of these careers, they would have to work harder than boys “just to be taken seriously.” Out of the mouths of babes, indeed.

What’s startling about this research is that the interest with girls is there. But girls are picking up the subtle suggestion that they don’t “belong” in the fields, or rather that they’re unwelcome just because they’re girls.

Anna Maria Chávez, chief executive of the Girl Scouts of the USA, also says that tapping girls as valuable resources could mean fantastic economic opportunities for this country:

“America has a huge opportunity for economic growth when looking at girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math. It is in this country’s best interest to make girls feel supported and capable when it comes to involvement in STEM fields — and anything else they set their minds to and have traditionally been steered away from. Our research shows that girls do just as well in math and science as boys do, but their confidence in their math and science abilities is lower than boys.”

Newsday cites Girl Scouts previous commitment to girls and STEM paths, including partnerships with NASA, Google, and the National Science Foundation. Girl Scouts have also been earning badges that relate to science and technology. But with this push to find girls more mentors, and extending their mentorship program to include The New York Academy of Sciences, the negatively “pro-feminist” Girl Scouts is clearly doing a lot to ensure the advancement of little girls everywhere.

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