AbbVie Partners With Girls Inc. To Bridge the Gender Gap in STEM

Originally published at news.abbvie.com. AbbVie ranked No. 23 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2022.

 

Allergan Aesthetics, an AbbVie company, announces its fourth-consecutive year of partnership with Girls Inc. to support the engagement of high school-aged girls interested in exploring a future in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

This two-pronged effort aims to educate on the impact of the underrepresentation of female and diverse voices in the STEM field through a social media campaign. In addition, Girls Inc. girls nationwide will engage with and learn from the experiences and stories of successful, female role models on the ‘Breaking Barriers in STEM’ virtual panel.

“Scientific advancement is the lifeblood of Allergan Aesthetics. Early exposure to STEM is crucial to spark interest and develop the next generation of female STEM leaders,” says Carrie Strom, President, Global Allergan Aesthetics and Senior Vice President, AbbVie. “By providing access to strong female mentors and raising awareness of the lack of female representation in STEM, we believe we can inspire girls nationwide to feel empowered to explore their options and excel.”

The State of STEM

Recent research tells us that only 3% of STEM degrees are earned by black women and less than a quarter of STEM employees are women. Other findings include:

  • Computer science and engineering are two of the most lucrative STEM fields. However, only 38% of women who major in computer science work in computer fields, and only 24% of women who major in engineering work in that field.
  • Once women are working in STEM fields, 52% quit their jobs by mid-career, and high-tech companies alone, have an attrition rate of 41% for their female employees.

Call to Action: Social Media Campaign

Allergan Aesthetics will launch a two-week social media campaign designed to raise awareness of the impact of and lack of female representation in STEM with a call-to-action for Allergan Aesthetics followers on LinkedIn and Instagram that will run November 1 – November 15, 2022.

For every like, share, comment or view of Allergan Aesthetics posts raising awareness about female representation or views on STEM, Allergan Aesthetics will donate $1 to Girls Inc. up to $250,000 to support the development of Girls Inc STEM programming.

“At Girls Inc., we provide high-quality, relevant, hands-on STEM programming,” said President and CEO of Girls Inc. Stephanie J. Hull, Ph.D. “By exposing girls to fields they may not know about and encouraging their curiosity in these areas, we are helping them realize that they can help others through STEM. This exposure equips girls to pursue a post-secondary STEM education. We are grateful for Allergan Aesthetics’ dedication to Girls Inc. and for their commitment  to helping us provide experiences that will create a pipeline for future leaders in STEM.”

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