Why It's Needed

There is a projected global deficit of 3.5 million qualified cybersecurity professionals in the year 2021
(Source: Cybersecurity Ventures)

Females comprise approximately ¼ of the STEM workforce. In the future, 85% of jobs will have a STEM focus.

69% of women who have not pursued careers in information technology
attribute their choice to not knowing what opportunities are available to them
(Source: Computing Technology Industry Association)



"During middle school years, students start to form lasting opinions about potential future career paths. Empowering girls and exposing them to career possibilities at this age is critical, especially in STEM and Cybersecurity. eGirl Power youth participants experience average gains of 20% improvement in self-esteem, which is an essential factor of encouraging girls to pursue STEM. Only one in three girls with low self-esteem is confident in having a successful career. Investing in girls is key to narrowing the gender gap in cybersecurity, and helping to fill the critical talent shortage facing the industry."
— Amy Mintz, Founder

"As women are still underrepresented in STEM careers, educators are called upon to do more to encourage girls to enroll in STEM classes so they can build their self-confidence in STEM subjects and develop a love for advanced technology, math, and engineering skills. This self-confidence and passion develops in the middle school years as it is a critical time when girls begin to identify with their strengths and weaknesses."

— Association for Middle Level Education

"[Girls] with positive attitudes toward math and science at age 10 lose their interest and self-confidence by age 14."

"A girl’s perception about herself and her academic abilities begins in middle school…build the self-esteem and confidence that will carry them through college and into lucrative STEM careers."

— Association for Middle Level Education