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Bringing young women into STEM is an opportunity for everyone

by Stephanie Chan

Bringing young women into STEM is an opportunity for everyone

This Girl Day, let's celebrate girls and women in STEM fields.

DiscoverE's Girl Day is a worldwide campaign to introduce girls to engineering. The company—as well as supporting engineering volunteer communities—helps encourage role models to get involved educating girls about engineering and technology. 

There will be 1.2 million computing-related jobs in the United States by 2022, but not enough computer degree graduates to fill all of those roles. In fact—only 39% of those jobs are expected to be filled five years.

Inspiring young women to enter the STEM industry is a crucial part of Cisco's past, present, and future.  Cisco continues its commitment for inclusion to bring much needed diversity into technology and engineering and takes an active role participating in the International Girls in ICT day.

Cisco also hosts its event for Girls in ICT Day is called "Girls Power Tech", which brings in girls from around the world into various Cisco campuses. There, the young women listen to keynotes and participate in group work and tech activities. STEM mentors from Cisco are also brought in to participate in individual sessions with the girls.

Like Girl Day and Girls Power Tech, STEM volunteers are doing what they can to help bridge the gender gap in tech. The Network writer Amy Cortese recently spoke to Leah Gilliam of Girls Who Code. That program has now expanded 42 states in the U.S.

For more information on how Cisco is working towards diversity in tech, click here. You can look forward to Cisco's next Girls Power Tech event on May 4th, 2017.