A member of the NASA Science Activation NASA Inspires Futures for Tomorrow’s Youth (NIFTY) project team was invited to present at the 2022 Civil Rights Best Practices Exchange Forum hosted by the Federal Aviation Administration.
On July 13, 2022, Jessica Taylor from NASA Langley Research Center shared her personal passion for serving as a role model for youth, especially girls. Taylor presented on Gender-equitable Strategies to Encourage Girls in STEM. While women make up about half of the employed U.S. population, they only represent about one-third of the STEM workforce. Taylor encouraged all participants to see themselves as role models and provided research-based strategies for engaging girls in STEM. There were over 260 participants from 50 different agencies that participated in the forum.
You can learn more about gender equitable strategies for engaging girl in STEM online at SciGirls Strategies (http://www.scigirlsconnect.org/scigirls-strategies-engage-girls-stem/). Inspiring videos from diverse women role models are also available at SciGirls Role Model Profiles (http://www.scigirlsconnect.org/resource_topic/role-model-profiles/). The NIFTY project (https://science.nasa.gov/learners/highlights/nifty) is supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number 80NSSC22M0123 and is part of NASA's Science Activation Portfolio.