Best Practices


5 ways to get girls interested in STEM careers 

The technology world is going to have to get creative if it wants to inspire girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math, Forbes contributor Christine Perkett writes. She recalls a conversation she had with a high-school student who is excelling in technology, but who could not name a female in the field who had inspired her. Perkett suggests five ways to turn this trend around, including featuring more female tech and business leaders in mainstream media geared toward girls. Forbes (8/15)

Steps to encourage girls to pursue STEM 

Engineer Karen Purcell offers five strategies for sparking and maintaining girls' interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Strategies include introducing girls to STEM subjects as early and often as boys typically are exposed to these subjects, connecting girls with mentors in the field, community groups that support STEM education and national organizations and offering access to special STEM programs. (3/7)


How women can succeed in male-dominated fields 

Women need to take extra care as they navigate a career in male-dominated professions such as finance, science and engineering, Heather Huhman writes. She advises women to find a mentor, to always display confidence and to watch and mirror successful male counterparts. Forbes/Work in Progress blog (2/19)


National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science

IWITTS helps educators nationwide close the gender gap for women and girls in male-dominated careers -- such as technology, the trades and law enforcement. We also work with employers to assist them in integrating women successfully into their male-dominated workplace. In particular, we have worked extensively with law enforcement agencies.


Women in Nontraditional Careers

Her Own Words: Women in Nontraditional Careers now has 6 posters highlighting Women in Nontraditional Careers, many in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. The posters are: “We Can Do It,” “Good Career Moves,” “I Like to Be Active,”“My Job Makes Me Happy,”“92,000 Hours,” and “Try It!” Each full-color vertical 18" x 24" poster features 9 different women in a wide variety of nontraditional careers (including welding, engineering, plumbing, firefighting, automotive, machining, policing, building construction, agriculture, and highway construction), as well as vivid thought-provoking quotations about work. Our posters and DVDs are used in CTE, Special Populations, Perkins, Parent Involvement, and Career Exploration programs across the country to encourage girls and young women to widen their perspective on potential career paths.

For images of these 6 posters, follow this link.

(Please note that the copyright "watermarks" on the website images do not appear on the actual posters.)

View the printable flyer.

Her Own Words also has 17 DVDs and 17 resource guides in our series Her Own Words: Women in Nontraditional Careers. Perkins funds can be used to purchase these posters, DVDs, and resource guides.

For more information contact:

Jocelyn Riley, Producer
Her Own Words: Women in Nontraditional Careers
PO Box 5264, Madison WI 53705-0264
608-271-7083 phone
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Millennial College and Career Readiness: Preparing Women for 21st Century Careers

Linda M. Suarez, Ed. D., Director of Career Services, Southern Westchester BOCES, speaks out about the preparation of women for employment in STEM-related positions in the SAANYS Journal, Spring 2013. Vol. 42

Career Technical Education Linked to Boys' High School Survival

Making the case for career technical education, researcher James Stone III presented findings today that show enrollment in CTE is a strong predictor of staying in high school—especially for boys.

Role Models/Opportunities

Women engineers rise to prominent roles in auto industry 

In the male-dominated world of automotive engineering, women are stepping into leading engineering roles at General Motors, Chrysler and Ford. To help support women in the auto industry, companies have launched various initiatives, including mentoring programs and career-path management. USA Today

Website honors women in technology

A new website called "Grandma Got STEM" heralds some of the female leaders in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Those featured on the site include particle physicist Helen Quinn, mathematician Mary Ellen Rudin and chemist Ada Yonath. Science magazine (free content).


The NET (Nontraditional Employment & Training) Project provides statewide technical assistance to Career and Technical

Education institutions that sponsor Carl D. Perkins funded programs for nontraditional career options. The web site is designed to provide timely and useful resources to support the mission of building a nontraditional workforce through expanded educational and career opportunities for students.