Girl Scout CEO visits Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
Patricia Mellor, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains poses with Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, during Chavez's visit to Bedford Wednesday. (JULIE HANSON)
Chavez is a lifelong Girl Scout member. Before joining the Girl Scout leadership team, Chavez was the deputy chief of staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under former Governor of Arizona and current U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. She helped create the Raul H. Castro Institute which focuses on issues affecting the Latina in Arizona with an emphasis on education, health, human services and civic participation.
Research has shown that 74 percent of girls enjoy STEM classes, but stop considering science and math career options by fourth grade. The reason may be that they don’t have exposure to role models in those areas, Chavez said.
The person with the strongest influence in encouraging a child to follow her interest in a STEM career is her father, according to the research. Both men and women can be effective mentors for young women, she said.
Girl Scouts of the United States continues to fill the pipeline with gender balance opportunities Chavez said.