Seeing is believing
Representation, role models, and women in power
Women are powerful. Women are leaders, change makers, innovators, and visionaries.
But it’s not enough.
Celebrating women’s history one month a year isn’t enough—not when women and girls are bearing the brunt of humanity’s biggest challenges, including poverty and climate change. Not when 70% of the world’s 1.3 billion poor are women, and not when women are responsible for 50% of the world’s food production but own less than 10% of the land. Not when girls lack access to education and are more likely to be out of school than boys.
The solution is educating and empowering many more girls and women.
Since 2006, Technovation has engaged 370,000 participants in more than 120 countries. 76% of Technovation alumnae go on to pursue STEM degrees, and 60% of alumnae work in STEM careers.
Technovation’s curriculum teaches girls the fundamentals of coding, AI, and machine learning, as well as how to identify and solve meaningful problems with technology.
Girls tap into their power and creativity, and develop confidence in themselves as innovators and leaders.
But they don’t do it alone. Technovation Girls teams are supported by a global network of Ambassadors, Mentors, Judges, and volunteers who guide them as they learn and develop the skills they’ll need in the future.
And they could use your help too.
Ways to Get Involved
Become a mentor and role model
Role models matter, particularly for girls.
Girls and women continue to encounter gender biases, institutional barriers, and harmful stereotypes when entering STEM fields and leadership positions. Women role models prove to girls that they can overcome these barriers and reach their full potential! In short, seeing IS believing.
You and your team can be role models for girls around the world. Engaging your company with Technovation as volunteers means becoming champions who inspire girls to reach their full potential.
Why Role Models Matter
Research shows that not being able to see other women who look and act like them succeeding in areas of interest to them—particularly in STEM fields—discourages girls from pursuing such careers. But role models can help. Role models can challenge the gender biases, institutional barriers, and harmful stereotypes women have long had to contend with across many professional domains, and help change their views of their own potential.
Role models have three core benefits for women:
- Role models represent and expand what is possible
- Role models inspire women to be more ambitious and aim higher
- Role models show and teach mindsets and behaviors to help reach your full potential
To celebrate Women’s History Month, Technovation is recognizing some of the incredible women who are part of the Technovation community as mentors, volunteers, ambassadors, parents, speakers and more.
"You Can't Be What You Can't See"
Hear what Kay Malcolm from Oracle has to say about why representation matters.
Role models like Kay are carving a path for girls to reach their highest potential. When a girl sees someone who looks like them in a leadership position at a top company, the girl can better imagine themselves in a similar position! In short: Seeing IS believing!
Join Kay as a role model for girls around the world—sign up as a mentor, or learn about other ways you can connect with and inspire girls and young women.Get involved
Kay Malcolm joined Technovation as a panelist at our virtual World Summit event.