Mastercard paves STEM education path to reach 200,000 girls by 2020

On the International Day of the Girl, American president Donald Trump recognized how “girlhood shapes the lives of all women,” promoting “the empowerment of more than 1 billion young girls growing up around the world.,” he said in a statement.

President Trump acknowledged the world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity, reaffirming his administration’s “commitment to ensuring that every female, young and old, is empowered to pursue her dreams.”

Last month the American president affirmed his commitment to enabling and encouraging students across the country to engage in high-quality STEM education, including computer science. Citing evidence stating coding skills and STEM literacy will be “critical to achieving high-paying jobs of the future,” Trump called for “leadership in this country — women and girls and for every child in America.”

According to the World Economic Forum, women remain a minority in STEM-related careers. In the U.S. alone, fewer than a quarter of STEM jobs are held by women, despite being more than half of the workforce.

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