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Million Women Mentors-MD hold 1st annual Maryland Women in STEM Summit

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 17:25:45-05

The first annual Maryland Women in STEM Summit was held Monday.

The summit included a networking event, two panels, and remarks from the Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford. 

The summit was put on by Million Women Mentors-Maryland.

Their goal is to build a mentoring ecosystem to motivate girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM.

MWM-MD says mentorship is the key to encouraging young women in Maryland to explore STEM. 

"We have to make sure that young girls understand that this is a career path, a rewarding career path. Something that the can appreciate," said Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford.

Women fill close to 50% of all jobs in the U.S. but hold less than 25% of STEM jobs.

Monday’s summit covered why women are essential for STEM, why mentoring matters, and how men, women, companies, and organizations can get involved.