We organized a series of events in 2016 designed to introduce high school and junior high school women to prominent female role models in a setting that engaged and informed everyone. Participating students gained experience by hearing unique stories of how women came to be doing the work they’re currently doing. Students also had the opportunity to hold informational interviews with the guest speakers and other professional women at each event:
- Women in Health & Well-Being
- Women in Government
- Women in The Trades
- Women in Science and Engineering
This was not your series of regular speakers with boring slides. Our opening role models answered three brief questions about what they do and how they came to be doing their work. Young women were encouraged to ask questions and interview the other attendees. These conversations helped develop a wider scope of the different paths that students might take in their futures.
We enjoyed great community support from our partners: San Leandro Unified School District, Barbara Lee Center for Health & Wellness, the Zero Net Energy Center, and Kaiser Permanente. We couldn’t have done this without our great sponsors: The City of San Leandro, Divine Home Care, SMART Sheet Metal Workers Local 104, Soroptimists of the East Bay, Glaziers & Glassworkers Local 169, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3. San Leandro Educational Foundation (SLED) helped make this series happen by being our 501(c)(3) fiscal agent. Thanks to all!
Role Model Project for Girls
When did you last think about what you’d do when you grow up?
Maybe you have several different ideas. Or maybe you know exactly what you want to be, but you don’t know how to get there from where you are now.
The Role Model Project for Girls was created back in the late 1990s to help us imagine new possibilities and see ourselves in different ways. The women who contributed to the site back then were true pioneers. Today we’re finding women as role models in all walks of life, doing all kinds of amazing things.
Women in Computing Academic Resource
The Women in Computing Academic Resource (WCAR) List was a compilation of colleges and universities that have formal and/or informal programs for encouraging/retaining women in computer science (CS). The WCAR list identified “women-friendly” academic programs in Computer Science (CS) thereby providing female CS students important information regarding positive encouraging environments—which can only enhance a student’s academic success.
WCAR List Disclaimer
List membership was strictly voluntary and absence of an institution from the list did not imply non-support of women in computer science. The information contained in the WCAR list was submitted by the institutions listed herein (or their representatives) or students of said institutions. The WCAR list demonstrates the cooperative spirit of many people in the computer science discipline.
The archived list was last updated in 2010. The updates below were last updated in January 2016.
- ACM’s Women in Computing Chapters
ACM’s Women in Computing (ACM-W) supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.
- Brooklyn Polytechnic University
- Program: Women in Engineering
NYU Tandon School of Engineering focuses on promoting and supporting women in engineering, science, technology, math and related fields. We strive to increase representation, retention, and success of women through a wide range of programs, services and activities geared towards building a supportive environment of and for women at the School of Engineering.
- Harvard University
- Program: Women In Computer Science
We are dedicated to building a community of technical women at Harvard and beyond. We believe every woman should have equal opportunity and encouragement to pursue computer science. We seek to empower women to consider careers in technology by providing education, mentorship, and role models for students at Harvard and in the greater Boston community. We strive to promote awareness of gender issues and to construct an environment for discussion and reform across universities and industries. We hope to create opportunities for individuals of all genders and interests to support these goals.Contacts:
Their Board is listed on this page. Send email to them, or find them on Facebook and occasionally on Twitter.