Findings from STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future, a 2011 report from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration, illustrates that jobs in science, technology, engineering and math are on the rise and STEM workers earn 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts. By introducing female leaders in STEM, HerWorld teaches young women that they can succeed alongside men in these positions, and gives them a checklist for preparing to get there.
DeVry University’s HerWorld program puts on nationwide events each year that give high school girls the opportunity to interact with peers from other high schools in the area, participate in educational and confidence-building activities, and listen to local female leaders discuss how they achieved their career goals.
“HerWorld helps young women realize that they have the power to make their professional ambitions a reality,” said Donna Loraine, provost/vice president of academic affairs for DeVry University. “The impressive stories of female leaders expand the students’ perspective and teach them the steps they need to take to forge their own career paths.”
Each year, DeVry University teams up with its corporate partners to hold National HerWorld Month in March reaching 7,000 young women from hundreds of high schools through more than 30 HerWorld events across the country.