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Friday, April 20, 2012

White House Conference on Girls and STEM

On Tuesday, April 24, the White House Council on Women and Girls will host an event featuring a panel of trailblazing women in STEM fields, moderated by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.  The panelists will share their experiences and encourage young women to follow in their footsteps – or blaze a trail of their own.  This event will also include the very first public screening of “Girls in STEM,” a videofeaturing girls who participated in the 2012 White House Science Fair. 

Women and girls continue to be significantly underrepresented in STEM fields.  This trend starts early and comes at a serious cost to both the career prospects of our young women and the success of our economy.  By ensuring that women and girls receive the exposure, encouragement and support they need to enter and succeed in STEM fields, this country can benefit from the full range and diversity of its talent.

The event, featuring Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator, Dr. Cady Coleman, NASA Astronaut; Colonel, U.S. Air Force, retired Jocelyn Goldfein, Director of Engineering, Facebook Dr. Jean Hernandez, President, Edmonds Community College Bianca Bailey, President, Howard University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders will be broadcast live online from the White House and on Facebook. 

A video recording of the entire event online (as well as a link to “Girls in STEM”) is being made available at www.WhiteHouse.gov/administration/eop/cwg.  Students can participate by

·        Submitting their questions for the panel right now through a webform on WhiteHouse.gov
·        On April 24th, they can watch live and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter

and,

o  Watch live stream on WhiteHouse.gov/live beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT
o  On Facebook, watch the event live through the White House Live App and ask questions on the White House wall
o  On Twitter, use the hashtag #GirlsInSTEM to ask questions and discuss the panel.

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