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


Join us as a partner or funder

Empower and support girls and young women around the world

We'd love to find the best way to work together to support girls and young women to use their creativity, ingenuity, and critical thinking skills to tackle real-world problems.

There are multiple ways to get involved with Technovation—whether that's employee engagement through volunteer programs, helping fund Technovation's work, or working with Technovation alumnae, or more.

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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. 

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Kay Malcolm joined Technovation as a panelist at our virtual World Summit event.


Community Stories: The power of representation and role models


In Focus: Seeing is Believing for Girls in Kenya

Meet Dorcas and Rosilla, a mentor and student who worked together in 2022, to develop an app to empower girls and women in their community and provide economic independence outside of marriage. Their stories are powerful examples of the profound impact that Technovation’s program has and of the importance of role models and representation in influencing girls to explore STEM.

As Dorcas said, “Just seeing someone who looks like you makes you think, ‘Maybe I can become that’.”

Read on to hear more about what Dorcas and Rosilla have accomplished, and learn how important both role models and mentors are.

Read their stories