From an engineer and entrepreneur, a conversation-changing parenting book about how to engage young women in science, technology, engineering, and math, filled with practical advice for both parents and educators.
As the female CEO of a tech startup, Dr. Cristal Glangchai was outnumbered 20 to one. At Google, Twitter, and Facebook, women currently fill just 10 to 20 percent of technical jobs. While career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math have increased dramatically in the past 20 years, the achievement gap between men and women has only grown wider.
In VentureGirls, Glangchai offers a unique solution based on her own experience as an engineer and entrepreneur, as well as the founder of the VentureLab, an academy of entrepreneurship and technology for girls. Practical, accessible, and filled with success stories, VentureGirls argues that a key part of raising strong, confident young women is giving them the tools of entrepreneurship to engage in STEM.
Entrepreneurship isn't just about starting companies, Glangchai writes, it is a skillset and a way of thinking that is particularly useful in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Entrepreneurship involves identifying needs, brainstorming creative solutions, innovating, and taking calculated risks. In short, it's about having a vision and making it a reality. The true value in learning and practicing entrepreneurship, Glangchai argues, lies in nurturing and growing an overall mindset - the ability to learn from failure and to work well with others to bring your ideas to life.
Deeply informative, warm, and grounded in real-world experience, VentureGirls includes a plethora of activities and lessons that focus on strengthening kids' ingenuity and resilience. VentureGirls is essential for anyone who wants to raise girls and young women who realize their strength, engage in the world, and feel empowered to make a positive impact.
"VentureGirls is rich with inspiration and practical insights for parents, teachers, and everyone who cares about raising kids to be innovators and changemakers." (Rod Arnold, founder, The Frontier Agency)
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Fantastic forward-thinking book!
This book is full of great ideas and projects to do with kids to get them into a growth mindset, interest in STEM, and learn some entrepreneurial skills that can be applied in any setting.
- Benjamin Blair
Blame it on gender bias.
Author spends 1st 3rd of book droning on and on about how women dominate the healthcare field but don't often become engineers because of external gender bias and never personal proclivity. The meat of the book can be summed up in two sentences. We should teach our daughters a growth mindset, people are not born smart or dumb but can grow as a skill is practiced and used. Also, allow them to fail as that is how we learn the most as humans. I plan to try some of the at home activities described at the end of the book with my own daughters.