Girls have the power to make what’s next

Young women are passionate about improving the world – from solving environmental issues to using breakthrough technology to cure cancer – girls are motivated to solve problems on a seismic scale and in doing so, create a brighter future. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education will be a crucial foundation for the impact these girls hope to have; yet only 6.7 percent of women graduate with STEM degrees.

With this startling statistic in mind, Microsoft brought together a group of girls to talk about the changes they want to see and be part of. The result is an inspiring, 90-second video, which is live online today in recognition of International Women’s Day. The video incorporates cutting-edge technology like HoloLens and Surface Studio to showcase ways to bring their dreams to life.

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To add even more excitement, Microsoft partnered with LinkedIn on the development of The site allows girls to explore subjects that interest them and give a sense of what kind of degrees and backgrounds are necessary to have the careers they hope to have by tapping into LinkedIn’s extensive data base of careers and degrees.

In addition, on Saturday, March 18, select Microsoft Stores (Miami, Fla.; Overland Park, Kan.; Troy, Mich.; New York City, N.Y.; Dallas, Texas; and Bellevue, Wash.) will host #MakeWhatsNext events. The events will feature scientists from National Geographic giving attendees insight into their areas of research and a sense of what it took to get where they are in their careers. For those who cannot attend in person, there will also be a Facebook live broadcast with a National Geographic scientist.

Watch the video and join the conversation on social media using #MakeWhatsNext.

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