Washington, DC, -  The Manufacturing Institute announced its partnership with the “Million Women Mentors” (MWM) initiative. MWM will launch today, during National Mentoring Month, in Washington, D.C at the National Press Club. The initiative will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors – male and female – to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

Part of the skills gap can be attributed to an underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up approximately 50% of the labor force, but only about 25% in the manufacturing labor force. In addition, too many young women begin in STEM degree but leave those degree paths despite their good academic standing, often citing uncomfortable classroom experiences and disconcerting climate.

Million Women Mentors is a collective effort of more than 40 non-profit, media, education and government industry partners and nine corporate sponsors. Through The STEP Ahead initiative, The Manufacturing Institute will actively engage women, mentoring and STEM.

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