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Leaders of Girl Serving Organizations Convene at Simmons

November 29, 2012

More than 100 attendees from girl serving organizations in greater Boston gathered at Simmons College Nov. 8 for the conference "Dreaming Big: What's Gender Got to do With It?" The conference was sponsored by Simmons and Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts as a way to discuss findings from their recent collaborative study on career aspirations of middle school girls.

The study looked at more than 1,600 middle school students in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania and found that girls see more limited career options than their male classmates, particularly when it comes to emerging fields such as STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math.

The daylong conference featured an in-depth look at the key findings of the study, and included insight from girl serving organizations including Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Girls' LEAP, Science Club for Girls, and Girls Inc.

Featured speakers included Rachel Simmons, noted author, educator and co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute; Ruth N. Bramson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, and Simmons College President Helen Drinan.

"The attendance by girl serving organizations was gratifying, and the outcomes rich for all of us," said Drinan.

Above photo: Mia Roberts, VP of Recruitment and Community Partnerships, Big Sister Association of Great Boston; Ruth Bramson, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts; Simmons College President Helen Drinan; Connie Chow, Executive Director of the Science Club for Girls; Patricia Driscoll, COO of Girls Inc.