Saturday, January 17, 2009

Girl Power

Some interesting facts (thanks to

Women constitute 45% of the workforce in the U.S., but hold just 12% of science and engineering jobs in business and industry. (National Council for Research on Women, Balancing The Equation: Where are Women & Girls in Science, Engineering & Technology? 2001)

Of the nearly 700,000 active pilots in the United States, less than 6% are women. (Federal Aviation Administration, 2000)

Only 20% of Information Technology professionals are women. (American Association of University Women (AAUW) “Tech-Savvy: Educating Girls in the New Computer Age” 2000)

Nearly 75% of tomorrow's jobs will require use of computers, while fewer than 33% of participants in computer courses and related activities are girls. (U.S. Labor Statistics: JOBS 2000)

Girls & Women, 2000)

In 1999 more young men than women took AP Calculus (55% young men vs. 45% young women) and AP Chemistry (57% young men vs. 43% young women) while more young women than young men took AP Biology (43% young men vs. 57% young women). The largest gaps still exist in AP Physics where about 70% of the test takers are male and AP Computer Science where over 80% of the test takers are male (College Board, 1999)


In my own professional field, it is 94% female, yet the top 25% positions are predominately male. As mothers, sisters, mentors and friends, we have to take a lead to ensure that all of the girls in our lives have not only the opportunity to realize their gifts and potential, but also have the confidence to go where ever their hearts and minds take them.

Tracee Sioux has recently relaunched a web site dedicated just to do this very thing. Her new site, "The Girl Revolution" ( is the former "Empowering Girls: So Sioux Me". She has dedicated her blogging talents to help make girls proud to be them. She has a free webzine, "Revolutionary Fashion" as well as a special series addressing childhood obesity. Stop by and check out how to be an inspiration to all the special girls you know. Together, we can make girls dreams come true.