AAUW LA MESA – EL CAJON CAREER DAY FOR FIFTH GRADE GIRLS
Career day has expanded the horizons and curiosity of the girls about careers involving science, technology, engineering, math and careers affording better pay. Approximately 3,000 girls have participated since the program began in 1987. This program helps reduce the gender gap in STEM and other nontraditional careers for women by capturing girl’s interest at an early age.
The girls rotate through the hands- on exhibits as each woman talks about her decision to become a San Diego Zoo Researcher, Radio Disc Jockey, Naturopathic Primary Care Doctor, Electrical Engineer, Pharmacist, Forensic Medical Doctor, Forest Ranger, and Police Investigator.
In celebration of national Women’s History Month, our La Mesa-El Cajon Branch provides 4th-6th grade students in four school districts with the opportunity to meet women from past and current history through our living history program. Our presentations consist of two or three women who appear in costume and talk about their lives and contributions to U.S. or world history. Each person speaks about her own life’s accomplishments, followed by a Q & A session. Among our popular characters are Georgia O’Keeffe, Sacajawea, Sonia Sotomayor, Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Kate Sessions, Betty Friedan, Rachel Carson, Nellie Bly and Annie Oakley.