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National Women's History Month
Dept. of Justice Celebrates Women in STEM
Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in STEM
On March 19, 2013, Girl Scout Troop 2296 participated in the Department of Justice's National Women's History Month Commemorative Program. This year’s theme was "Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics."
The troop presented the colors to begin the ceremony and troop member Bryonna Scott sang a spectacular rendition of the National Anthem. Deputy Attorney General, the Honorable James M. Cole, remarked that Bryonna’s version of the song was among the best he’s heard.
The ceremony was a wonderful way to promote the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among young women. The keynote speaker was Michele Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Leonhart stressed the importance of encouraging young girls to pursue their interests in STEM, regardless of the perceived stereotypes that exist. Citing a Girl Scout Research Institute study, Leonhart recognized that high school boys and girls perform equally well in math, yet stereotypes and gender barriers hold girls back from pursuing their interests. She also spoke highly of the many opportunities that exist for women in the Department of Justice and, more notably, the DEA. From forensic scientists to statisticians, this government agency offers an array of opportunities for women interested in STEM.
Posted: Mar 19, 2013