Light a Spark: Empowering Women and Girls in STEM

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 8:00am


Women in STEM have historically been under and misrepresented, often discouraging girls from pursuing STEM careers.

  • For every 15 male characters on TV shown in STEM career, there is only one female character portrayed.
  • Less than 5% of young girls can see themselves in a STEM career, compared with 18% of young boys because of a stigma around STEM as “boys” subjects in school.
  • Today, less than 25% of STEM jobs are filled by women.

In an economy where the 30 fastest-growing occupations are STEM fields, we must help young girls, especially those possibly suppressing their interest in STEM classes, see themselves in those jobs. To broaden the perception of what STEM careers are, increase representation and inclusivity, and to inspire the next generation of young women to opt into STEM careers, we're launching #LightaSpark. 

In coordination with the UN’s 2020 International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, the U.S. Chamber Foundation with its partners will launch a digital social media campaign profiling five women who have found success applying their STEM education in what might be considered unconventional STEM careers. Through captivating video, photography, and storytelling, we will join the voices empowering and inspiring girls to pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by offering them a new lens through which to see their STEM future.  

Join us at #LightaSpark to share your story, share some statistics, or send some encouragement out to those young girls considering a career path in STEM.

The goal of this campaign is to: 

  • Empower young girls to consider a career in STEM by introducing them to more abstract careers that aren’t always considered when thinking of taking STEM classes. 
  • Encourage women in STEM to let us help them share their story, especially when they’re in an unconventional field. 

For more information about this campaign and how to participate, contact Kyle Butler at kbutler@uschamber.com


We are incredibly thankful to our long list of partners for this campaign. Here are a few, and we look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks.