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Mary Barra Asks Girls to Stick with STEM

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Self-driving Chevy Bolts have begun testing on public roadways in MichiganToday is International Women’s Day, in case you have not seen the posts all over the media today to celebrate the holiday. While women should always be valued as part of a workplace, today many companies are taking the extra step to acknowledge the role women play in their businesses. In the automotive industry, Mary Barra stands out as the first woman CEO of an international car maker, but before she was CEO she was an engineer. This morning, the executive took time out of her day to encourage the woman that will come after her.

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It’s no secret that there are fewer women in science, technology, engineering, and math (or STEM) fields than men, and gender stereotypes make it difficult for girls to think they can succeed in those subjects. In a video post on her Facebook page, Ms. Barra sends a message to those girls and young women who think that science and math just aren’t for them. She pleads with them to stick with it, because STEM education is going to become increasingly important in the workplace of tomorrow (and at General Motors). She goes on to talk about the other women kicking butt at GM, like the chief engineer of Chevy’s Bolt and Volt vehicles, the head of Chevy’s car sharing initiative, and more.

See the video for yourself below.

My International Women’s Day MessageTo any women thinking of dropping out of math or science…
#shemeansbusiness #beboldforchange #iwd2017

Posted by Mary Barra on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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This simple live video, seemingly recorded when she got to her desk this morning, might not seem like a big deal to us adults, but to a girl struggling with her math and science homework it could mean the world to know that there is someone like Mary Barra behind her. As Americans, we need to do better when it comes to teaching our girls that there’s no such thing as a “man’s job” and a “woman’s job”, and Ms Barra might have helped give everyone a kick in the right direction. In the words of Mary Barra’s own mother, “There’s no substitute for hard work, so let’s get to it!”