Embassy Supports Geek Girls Carrots to Advance Girls and Women in STEM Fields

On September 30, Cultural Attaché Dan Hastings participated in #Hiddennomore – Advance Women in STEM across the Borders that was held on the premises of Warsaw’s state-of-the-art Polish Vodka Museum in the Praga Koneser Center.  The event was organized by Małgorzata Ratajska-Gradin, the President of Geek Girls Carrots, a global grassroots organization founded in Poland in 2011 that inspires girls and young women to study, work, and become entrepreneurs and innovators in emerging technologies.  The event featured welcoming remarks by Ms. Ratajska-Gradin and the Cultural Attaché, followed by inspiring talks by Ms. Nino Bigvava from Georgia and Ms. Marion Schleifer from Switzerland.   Ms. Ratajska-Grandin recently met her two new colleagues during a U.S. government-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) organized in cooperation with 20th Century Fox that drew inspiration from the real life stories of three female, trailblazing African-American mathematicians who provided brain power to NASA’s early age of space exploration.  All three women shared with the audience of young women professionals experiences from their respective home countries working in the tech sector as well as the knowledge and inspiration they acquired during the IVLP program.  After the discussion, Geek Girls Carrots  screened the 2016 blockbuster film Hidden Figures about the real life stories of Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Katherine G. Johnson.  The U.S. Embassy is a strong supporter of improving the participation, achievement and continuation of girls and women in STEM education and careers to reduce the gender gap in STEM professions.