H5G ROLE MODELS MATTER
Role models are essential for attracting girls and young women into STEM studies and careers.
Even girls who do well in STEM often struggle to identify with STEM fields because they don’t have STEM role models to relate to. For girls, seeing women, as well as understanding how that woman got to where she is, encourages them to chase their dreams.
According to a 2018 Microsoft survey, for example, STEM role models increase girls’ interest in STEM careers from 32 per cent to 52 per cent.
High5Girls was started by a couple of STEM+Entrepreneurial girls who have experienced working in technology fields themselves. They know the barriers, challenges and the thrills of working in tech and starting their own companies.
When we create opportunities for girls to stretch their minds beyond the gravitational pull of traditional career paths for women, we give them the confidence to change the world.
HOW DO YOU SIGN UP?
Send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your story. Please keep it short. Who are you, your education, your work experience, and where you are today. Also, what motivates you to become a role model for High5Girls? We promise to get back to you.
Could you be a role model for young girls—between 13-18 years of age—to help them pursue a STEM + Entrepreneurial education and perhaps career?
We are looking for Role Models who:
- Have a STEM/ENTREPRENEURIAL background
- Want to share their stories and inspire girls and young women to pursue a STEM/Entrepreneurial pathway
- Would enjoy participating in our arrangements and share your stories
- Is willing to talk about wins as well as challenges
- Is not required to attend a specified number of events, but it is possible to send video clip presentations!
Anne Katrine Windfeld
Senior Director, Head of Software Development, GRUNDFOS
``I entered the engineering world without thinking about diversity. Maybe a bit naïve, but to me it is important to follow your heart, no matter what others may think. On a daily basis I see the value of diversity. I often ask other types of questions than my colleagues and see things from a different perspective. That brings value and shows the importance of diversity.``
Graduate Engineer | Power System Integration at Vestas
``I have always thought that I studied engineering without really knowing what I was getting into. I just knew that something that allowed me to mix math and physics would be the perfect decision. However engineering is such a broad area that it would have been very nice to have someone give me more insights about all the possibilities. I feel that being a role model in High5Girls is the perfect place to fill in that gap for the new upcoming generations throughout my experiences.``
Associate Professor at Aalborg University
``Be passionate and determined in what you like. From a very young age, I have been fascinated about exploring the functions of the human brain. I knew, I wanted to be a “neuroscientist”, and now I have the privilege to work within that area, where I can help people in pain.``
Structural Engineer, Ørsted
``Once I heard that ``we're raising girls to be perfect and boys to be brave``. I want to help create a world where girls feel comfortable with taking risks and making mistakes – and still feel loved and supported. We cannot be what we cannot see, therefore we need more girls to join the STEM world. You can count on me to help you succeed on your journey.``
Data Strategist | Head of AI and Analytics CoE @ Novo Nordisk
“We need diversity in tech, including gender one. There is no real reason why more women do not enter STEM fields except from social or cultural stereotypes. The sooner we break these mental barriers the more innovative and capable society we can be.”
Paula Riera Turró
Student Assistant at VELUX
``As women we face many barriers to enter and succeed within STEM. Some barriers are obvious, but others are so nuanced that they even look like individual choices. It is not until we start sharing experiences that we realize they are systemic. That is why, I find it so important to discuss and share across generations, with a clear objective of making it easier for the new generations of women in STEM.``
Gabriella Angela Morote Kierulff
Student DTU - App developer
``STEM is a path to make a difference for people and change our world. I did not know the importance of STEM when I had to choose my undergrade; therefore, I want to be a rolemodel for girls, and inspire them to choose a similar path, in order to create a future build on diversity. ``
Sustainable Energy Msc Student at DTU / Project evaluator and Entrepreneur
``As a young female professional entering the STEM field I know how hard it is to fight stereotypes, specially coming from a Latin-American country. I want to empower and encourage girls to speak up and bring different perspectives to the field.”
Lina Sors Emilsson
Project Leader at Upptech, Uppsala University, Founder Sors Technology and Co-founder Stargrind
``Tech-savvy girls are needed everywhere in the private and public sector for a more sustainable and fair society for us all. Therefore, I am happy to contribute to High5Girls to empower young girls to discover the fun in tech and realise that their unique potentials not only are encouraged but desperately needed to build our future. ``
Project Manager, Energy Cluster Denmark
``I have an education in engineering, psychotherapist and have sailed around the world on a sailboat. My education and life experiences have made me very passionate about sustainability, so today I help companies working towards their sustainable growth. Girls, if you think about choosing between a technical education or an education where you work with people, you need to know that communication and relations is of great importance in a lot of jobs. If you choose an education in the technical field it will open up for so many possibilities and it's super exciting.``
Engineer - Founder hos MEWALII
``I want to encourage girls to be their true self and not be afraid to stand out of the crowd, especially within STEM and entrepreneurship where I've got my experience. Girls should feel empowered to chase their dreams, no matter the dream. This is the change high5girls pledged to and that is the future.”
Secretary General at Association of Nordic Engineers
“Being a role model for me is also to return the favour. I wish to inspire young women to believe in their skills and to overcome their fears. It is a great co-creation process, where uplifting happens for both sides, and the feeling of togetherness unblocks the limitations our minds create.”
Claudia Dos Santos
Logistics Supervisor / Field Service Coordinator, KVH Industries Inc.
“There are not enough women in the STEM. We must end stereotypes about gender and intellect superiority. Women are underrepresented and discouraged to pursue a career in the STEM fields. It is unfortunate that we are setting barriers to all the talented women due to stereotypes.”
Electrical Engineer/Founder of Women In Hardware Israel
``Women bring a unique voice to the table. It is something about the combination of wisdom, creativity, ability of wide and detailed view of things in addition to the capability of being sensitive to people and others needs- that makes women such great engineers.”
Cand. It in Product Design
``I always start with WHY - and I believe girls should be encouraged and learn to ask why especially within the STEM community. I believe in the strength of diversity and that we need the future generation of product designers and engineers to think differently together - that’s why I am with High5Girls.``
CEO at Too Good To Go, Entrepreneur
``Diversitet er lig med dynamik. Og dynamik er altafgørende i alle typer virksomheder - ikke mindst inden for teknologien, der har været domineret af den mandlige tilgang til bl.a. udvikling og projektledelse. Mænd og kvinder tænker og agerer forskelligt, og vi har brug for begge tilgange for at skabe den rette kombination af drive og balance. Mange piger aner ikke, hvor vanvittigt fede og sjove jobs, de kan lande med STEM i rygsækken. Og hvor eftertragtede, de ville være. Det skal de vide.``
CEO at Miracle Finland Oy
``Diversity is the power! If everybody looks the same, thinks the same, has the same background, it all gets boring and nothing new would be invented. If you can see things from different angles you can always invent new ways of doing things, and change the world. And you can also change your business to the better!``
Monika Luniewska Jensen
Senior Business Developer. Co-founder and board member at SHUTE Sensing Solutions.
``I believe that women have enormous potential in STEM area, but also that it has been dimmed until now for several reasons. High5Girls creates a safe environment for young women, where they can make first steps in science and technology fields, learn how to work together and build confidence for showing their skills and continue developing them outside. Female role models are there to support them in their journey. This initiative has been needed for a long time and I am happy that somebody finally made it happen.``
CEO at Prezentor
``We need to show girls at a very young age that technology and business is fun, and that it's not as complex as they might think to go from idea to business. We need to show them that it's possible to receive funding and try your wings, and if you don’t succeed the first time you can always try again. With High5Girls I wish to be the rolemodel that I many times felt was missing when growing up. Be the change that you want to see in society, so that future generations won’t know that there’s any other way.``
Process Development at Cook Medical , PhD.
I cannot agree more with Melinda Gates when she says, “sometimes all that’s needed to lift women up is to stop pulling them down”. Gender distribution is so out of balance in STEM fields and I believe that some unwritten rules and hidden barriers are among the main causes. I think it is essential that we get together to find the root causes of the problems and effectively tackle them.
Technology Experience Designer at IdemoLab, FORCE Technology in Denmark
``...we need to empower girls early on to solve interesting, complicated problems in science and technology and encourage them to play with code and robotics and become intrigued by creating change in the world.``
Electrical Engineer/ Project Manager at FORCE Technology
``I believe we in particular need more women in STEM to bring new, unique perspectives into our research and scientific conversations. For me working as an engineer has been an extremely fulfilling career path, and I believe It could be so for other women as well.``
Marine Classification Specialist at MAN Energy Solutions
``When you start following your dreams, there will always be challenges. And I believe that with a STEM education you learn that challenges become opportunities for learning and skills building. You will find joy in problem solving and your confidence will be strengthened. And if you failed, you have learned something valuable and that knowledge can never be taken from you.``
Head of Hardware Development. Airtame
``Diversity inspires innovation, helps to identify better ways to solve challenges, results in higher productivity, and combats affinity bias. Lifting women up and providing examples of opportunities and learnings within STEM is so important to make sure we reach our fullest potential and catalyze change. ``
Electrical Engineer Nanotechnology Specialist
''Women bring a fresh look at new technologies. Women, through a lot of empathy, are able to objectively assess the problem. Girls in technology bring an innovative approach because they have emotional intelligence. Young girls should know that working in technology is something that is motivating. Maria Skladowska Curie was also rejected from the university. If she hadn't been stubborn in pursuing her goals, she would never have been awarded the Nobel Prize.''
Strategi og partnerskaber, Textile Change
”Som barn var jeg altid ”den kreative pige” der var god til at tegne. I mange år troede jeg, at jeg at tilvalget af en kreativ uddannelse, betød fravalg af en STEM uddannelse. Da jeg indså at dette ikke var tilfældet, og at kreativitet er en af de vigtigste redskaber i udviklingen af ny teknologi, åbnede det mine øjne for et væld af muligheder, jeg ellers havde været blind for.”
Global Engineer at Jabra
``Doing STEM degrees doesn't have to mean a life of laboratories, sitting alone at a computer or endless math equations. It is much more than that. With a career in STEM, you help build a better tomorrow, whether it’s global warming, medicine, or education. And, with half the population being female, we deserve the female perspective.``
Director hos Lifeline Robotics
“Curiosity and ingenuity are neither defined nor limited by gender. The fields in which these traits are allowed to run free, should not be either. We need to not only blur but to completely wipe out the lines created as a social construct in ancient times. Why? The laws of nature. Nature fights monocultures but rewards diversity, as it promotes growth, resilience and beauty in all living things. And as humans, we are a part of nature - subject to her laws. Therefore, we must promote gender diversity in education - not for our sake as females, but for the sake of everyone and everything.``
System and Application Engineer at Sectra
``The talent that women can bring into STEM can be the key to grow sustainably and face current global challenges. That is how we all win by breaking the stigma on STEM careers, and why it is so important to empower young girls by example. We need to show girls that STEM careers can be as technical or as sensitive as they want them to be, that they can be combined with other interests and that the opportunities of growth are endless.``
Renewable energy Student, DTU
``When I was a child, it was difficult for me to find inspiration to study engineering. In the classes, all the famous scientists were men, and I wondered if I would be able to do it as I had no one around me in this field. Having a role model allows us to help others find that inspiration, by identifying with girls and women who like the same field as you, that inspiration grows and helps us to achieve our dreams``
Lene Nørby Nielsen
`` Jeg elsker idéen om at kunne hjælpe unge kvinder med et skub og vil gerne bidrage``
Energy Engineer – PhD student in Power-to-X solutions
``To tackle the challenges of tomorrow we need to focus on education for all. The STEM fields provide innovative technological solutions that make modern life easier and more sustainable. To ensure future generation have a healthy environment to live in, we need diverse people with diverse skillsets – we need more women to join the STEM field.``
Global Leader l Digital Transformation l Author
``I believe in the power of stories and representation. We need to make it more visible what a leader in business and technology mean so we can empower young girls in making choices they would have otherwise not made. More importantly, we need to create structures in our society enabling them to thrive as they choose a path in entrepreneurship and STEM.``
Lead Robotics Engineer presso QuadSAT
``The reason why I would like to be part of High5Girls Is because I would like to help and support women in tech, the way I Wish I could have been helped and supported in my Early career. Women in tech have, in my opinion, the advantage of unique skills sets, but also disadvantages. I would like to help with that gap.``
Neha Imtiaz Ullah
BSc. Electrical Engineering Student at the Technical University of Denmark
``I want to be a role-model, because I believe that you cannot be what you cannot see. This is why role-models are extremely important, so young girls have someone to look up to and someone who can further spark their interest for STEM by sharing stories about how exciting STEM can be.” Electrical Engineering Student ``