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White House Event on Women & Girls in Science Fields

Monday, April 23, 2012  
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On Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, from 10:30am to 11:30am EDT, The White House Council on Women and Girls will host a special White House event on girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

This event is designed to inspire girls to study STEM subjects and pursue STEM careers and will feature a panel of distinguished women speaking about exciting STEM careers, including: Dr. Cady Coleman, NASA Astronaut, Colonel, U.S. Air Force, retired; Jocelyn Goldfein, Director of Engineering at Facebook; Dr. Jean Hernandez, President of Edmonds Community College; and Bianca Bailey, President of the Howard University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will deliver opening remarks and moderate the panel. The event will also include the premiere of "Girls in STEM”, a video about young women scientists and engineers who attended the 2012 White House Science Fair.

While the event will be held at the White House and convene primarily local high school girls interested in STEM fields, we would like to reach a larger audience of girls across the nation by live-streaming the event online. For those who can’t join us during the school day, we will also make a video recording of the entire event available online for viewing at any time, which might be particularly useful for after school programs and other youth enrichment programs.

We would appreciate it if you would share the information below with your membership and others who may be interested in participating in this event.

Thank you for spreading the word, and please let us know if you have further questions. We hope you join us on the 24th!



April 24, 2012

10:30am – 11:30am EDT

What: White House Event on Girls in STEM.

Women and girls continue to be significantly underrepresented in the STEM fields – a trend that 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 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 White House Council on Women and Girls is excited to announce a White House event that features a panel of trailblazing women in STEM fields who will share their experiences and encourage girls 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 video on girls in STEM, featuring footage from girls who participated in the 2012 White House Science Fair.

This event will be live-streamed over the internet, and students will be able to submit questions for the panelists via Twitter and Facebook.

The event will proceed as follows:

10:30-10:35am: Remarks by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson

10:35-10:45am: Premiere of "Girls in STEM” video, featuring girls who participated in the 2012

White House Science Fair

10:45-11:30am: Panel on girls in STEM moderated by Administrator Jackson and featuring the following panelists

  • 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

When: Tuesday, April 24th, 10:30am-11:30am EDT

Where: The event will be broadcast live online from the White House and on Facebook, enabling anyone with internet access to join. We will also post a video recording of the entire event online (as well as a link to "Girls in STEM”) for viewing any time at

Here's how you can get involved:

  • On April 24th, watch live stream on beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT
  • On Twitter, use the hashtag #GirlsInSTEM to ask questions and discuss the panel
  • If you can't join live, full video of the event will be posted on

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