"While it is important that girls have boundless opportunities to follow their interests, their exploration of STEM opportunities is especially critical! Finding the talent necessary to fill roles in STEM careers is challenging. Girls bring a diversity of thought and a wealth of potential that is needed to continue to drive innovation if we intend to solve the problems facing our world today." - Michelle Freese
"Even in 2015, a time of significant progress for women in our society, we are still drastically underrepresented in STEM professions. To institute change for the future it's critically important to open the door to STEM education and careers to girls at an early age. They need exposure, inspiration and mentorship so they can grow up with STEM engrained in their goals, dreams and aspirations - so they never even have to wonder "if they can". OF COURSE THEY CAN. Every young girl should grow up knowing that, and never questioning it." - Rebekah Oltmans
"Science, technology, engineering and math have traditionally been considered careers for men. Women have been changing that, however the ratio of men to women is still low. Girls considering careers in STEM will have more access to scholarships and academic opportunities that will help them prepare for careers in these fields. My friends's daughter is graduating from a well known South Dakota engineering school in May. She has already accepted a well paying job in North Carolina when many of her male classmates have not been recruited at all." - Mary Lenertz
Now it's your turn. Why is it important for girls to explore STEM?