Free Movie Screening: Girl Rising
Wednesday, April 8
5:00pm – 8:00pm
PG&E’s Women’s Network and W-STEM network, and their community sponsor Spark, are honored to be screening Girl Rising. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. This event also includes time for networking and a post-film discussion. Read more
This post originally appeared on the IIE blog and is re-posted with permission.
By: Beth Garriott
Today, women make up 12 percent of all computer science grads. Just three decades ago, they represented 37 percent. They’re half the workforce, but hold only a quarter of technical or computing jobs.
If current trends continue, the Department of Labor estimates half of the 1.4 million new STEM-related jobs in this country will go unfilled.
This reality is of course not confined to the United States — it’s even more pronounced in other countries, especially in the developing world.
March 8th was International Women’s Day. And internationally, women and men should be outraged by this. When we close the door to opportunity — especially opportunity in the sector that is the engine of modern economic growth — we all suffer. Our tech companies and our society are worse off. Read more
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#giveheravoice Networking Happy Hour Presented by Salesforce and Google
Thursday, March 5
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
There are 27 million slaves in the world today. And each year, thousands of young girls from poor families in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh are kidnapped and forced into prostitution, further adding to the slave population. This April, in collaboration with effect.org, Shakti Samuha, and the documentary Stolen Innocence, a group of Salesforce and Google employees is traveling to Nepal to learn about this global issue first hand. They will be working with several nonprofits dedicated to eradicating human trafficking in order to better understand their challenges and goals. Read more
By: Kimberley Sevcik
I’m the Engagement Director for a project called Women and Girls Lead Global (WGLG) that uses documentary film to raise awareness and spark attitude and behavior change around gender issues in Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Peru, and Jordan. Partnering with community organizations on the ground, we train facilitators to screen films about girls’ and women’s struggles and triumphs around the world; to lead conversations about the issues in the film, drawing analogies to community challenges; and to brainstorm solutions to those challenges.
When I tell people about the project, I generally get a two-tiered reaction.
The general population responds to the project’s sex appeal. They find it compelling. Everyone likes film, everyone likes a good story.
Development experts are more skeptical. They find it interesting, but they want to know how it’s making a positive – and measurable – difference.
It’s a question that I’ve been struggling to answer, too, as we round the bend on our third year of the project. Read more
What are you doing this month? We wanted to highlight a few of the events happening in October to help you get out there and discuss, debate, engage!
Please see our Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events across the Bay Area.
If you’re hosting events or know of any that we’ve missed, please submit them to our calendar (there’s a form just to the right of the calendar itself). You can also contact us if you have questions or difficulty submitting.