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Frankfort, Ky.— Although women hold close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs. Kentucky is one of only 23 American Association of University Women National Tech Savvy sites working to improve those numbers.

Bluegrass Central and Kentucky State University will host an AAUW National Tech Savvy program, a daylong event designed to show girls firsthand how STEM fields can lead to exciting careers. The conference, part of the AAUW National Tech Savvy Pilot Program and supported in part by AAUW and KSU, will welcome 150 girls in grades six through nine and their families to the campus of Kentucky State University on May 21, 2016.

Female professionals in STEM fields will lead workshops and representatives from college programs will be present.

Registration opens April 1. The cost is $5 per person and space is limited. Those interested can learn more at bluegrass-ky.aauw.net/ky-tech-savvy or on Facebook as KY Tech Savvy.

AAUW’s Tech Savvy and KSU offer one way to increase the number of women in the STEM pipeline. Recommendations and suggestions for how institutions and employers can foster more women in these fields, particularly in the lucrative engineering and tech jobs, appear in AAUW’s research report Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing.

“This is an exciting time for women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Ana Kay Yaghoubian, STEM senior manager at AAUW. “What’s great about Tech Savvy is that it’s a family affair. Parents take part in the conference because they are an important part of the solution. We want moms, dads, and other supportive family members to encourage girls to pursue their STEM passions because too many girls still get the message that those fields aren’t for them.”

Created in 2006 by Tamara Brown, former president of the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch, Tech Savvy has since served more than 5,000 girls. As a result of her work, Brown was honored as a White House Champion of Change.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic.