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At a time when women account for half of the college-educated workforce but constitute just 29 percent of the workforce in science and engineering occupations, Raytheon Technologies and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) are collaborating on a new initiative to fuel the pipeline of female leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Through a multiyear commitment from Raytheon Technologies, GSUSA launched its first national computer science program for middle and high school girls, and piloted its first-ever national Cyber Challenge for middle school and high school girls. These initiatives have the potential to reach nearly half a million girls in grades 6–12, many of them from military families, and they aim to prepare more girls to pursue computer science careers, including in cybersecurity, robotics, data science, and artificial intelligence.

This is the right action at the right time with the right partners. For example, the majority of millennial women say they would’ve been more interested in a cybersecurity career if they’d had access to more information about and training in STEM during middle and high school, according to a 2017 survey commissioned by Raytheon, Forcepoint, and the National Cyber Security Alliance. In addition, findings from the Girl Scout Research Institute’s How Girl Scout STEM Programs Benefit Girls (2016) (PDF) reveal that girls who participate in Girl Scout STEM programs are significantly more interested in pursuing a STEM career upon program completion than they are prior to starting such a program.