is a group of projects and partners designed to increase the participation and performance of America’s students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), drawing on research and exemplary practices.

The FabFems Project

Responding to national data concerning the lack of women in science and engineering, the National Girls Collaborative Project is leveraging their collaborative network, industry partners, professional organizations, and institutions of higher education to implement the FabFems Project.  The FabFems directory is a national database of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions who are inspiring role models for young women. The FabFems directory is accessible to young women, girl-serving STEM programs, and other organizations that are working to increase career awareness and interest in STEM.

Through positive role model interaction and increased interest in collaborative STEM projects, the FabFems Project intends to broaden the participation of females in the STEM pipeline and to increase the retention of female professionals in STEM fields and careers.  Visit for additional information.

This project is funded by the Motorola Solutions Foundation and the National Science Foundation.



Recommendations from a July 19 Convening to Shape Recommendations to the EDUCATE TO INNOVATE CAMPAIGN to Increase the Participation and Performance of Girls and Women


Representatives of national organizations familiar with research and practices related to girls and STEM (K-12) as a significant component of their activities convened on July 19, 2010 at the White House Conference Center to discuss and further refine ideas from the survey.

Report Distribution: A report was produced summarizing the survey results, recommendations of the meeting attendees and providing recommendations. Download the report here. (PDF)

Workshop: A workshop will be held to build upon the recommendations from the report. Planning is underway with the date identified as July 19, 2012.

Resources: The list of Strategies under discussion is derived from a document produced by the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity. See Nontraditional Career Preparations: Root Causes and Strategies. Many of the Strategies have been implemented by specific programs, some named in the report and others described in other resources.

For questions or additional information contact Karen Peterson.