The Tech Girls Movement was founded on 8 March 2014 (International Women’s Day). Designed to get girls interested and engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths). With research saying that girls opt-out of STEM at 6 years of age, mainly in part due to a lack of visible female role models and a lack of understanding of what STEM professionals do.
As the Tech Girls Movement continued to grow the Tech Girls Movement Foundation was formally established in 2016, to ensure proper governance structures were established for our growing not-for-profit. Today we have 10 Board Members, each contributing various industry skills and expertise. We continue to grow our Supporter and Partnerships year after year. We now have a greater reach of our programs throughout regional parts of Australia.
Our Tech Girls are Superheroes books continue to be popular. We have distributed 80,000 free books, placing one in every primary and secondary school in Australia (9966 schools). Our books present real-life women in STEM as superheroes who change the world. Used as a career resource the books use storytelling and strong powerful avatars to counteract the negative STEM stereotypes presented in the media. The inspiring stories showcase to all young girls that they can have a successful and rewarding career in STEM.
All programs created and operated by the Tech Girls Movement Foundation are developed based on over 20 years of research on gender, diversity, STEM, and entrepreneurship.