Not everyone will be lucky enough to have an experience as Thanhia did, and they shouldn’t have to be. Rather, we need to help create pathways for women at all stages of their journey and be intentional about education and opportunities.
“We can’t just say, ‘We’re going to do a STEM program for middle schoolers or high schoolers.’ Some people don’t find their way until college, or after college, or some women don’t even go to college. We need to create pathways for women wherever they are, so that anyone with the will and interest can get onto it.”
Andrea also lives out this message, advocating for women at all ages and stages of their careers. “You have to start early and help girls find the interest and confidence [to explore technology].” She is a mentor for Technovation, a program for middle and high school girls that helps them build a mobile app to solve a problem in their communities.