Our objectives

ETH 2013 Opening session

Expanding Your Horizons Geneva organisation is a non-pro­fit association dedicated to providing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) experiences for young girls aged 11- 14 years old.

The EYH Network began in 1974 as the Mathematics/Science Network, an informal group of women scientists and educators in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA.

Early in EYH’s history, its leaders developed the idea of ‘conferences,’ programs in which middle-school and high-school girls participate in hands-on activities in math, science and engineering. The primary activities at the conferences are workshops led by adult women in STEM careers. The girls have fun in the workshops while they also learn about STEM and STEM-related careers and interact with positive adult STEM role models.

Currently, there are more than 80 conferences worldwide with up to 25,000 girls attending each year. These are conferences are mainly in the U.S and only a few Europe and Asia.

The EYH Network is a volunteer community of STEM professionals, educators, parents, community leaders, and government and corporate representatives from around the world. Financial support comes from donations, sponsorships and grants made by individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies.

http://www.eyhn.org

The facts

The low number of women and girls pursuing STEM fields has significant implications for women’s financial security, economic growth, and global innovation.

Despite a scattering of high-profile female tech executives like Sheryl Sandberg and Ginni Rometty, women still hold only about 20% of all computer science jobs. A tiny 7% of CEOs are female, and one in seven engineers, despite the fact that women hold 60% of all bachelor’s degrees and make up 48% of the workforce overall.

The disparity starts very early, when girls in middle school and high school start getting subtle messages that mathematics and science are for boys. Even though plenty of research shows that girls do just as well as boys on standardized mathematics tests, there is an unintentional bias among parents and educators that pushes boys toward science and mathematics, and nudges girls away.

Slowly campaigning efforts are changing this - and we want to keep up the momentum with the support of men and women in the workplace.

Impact of EYH in Switzerland

So far about 700 young women from the Geneva area have attended our science conferences and are now starting to take up places at university. We have not yet been running long enough to follow how much of an impact we have made locally but we are motivated by the enthusiasm showed during and after the conference and by requests to do more!

Goals of EYH Geneva

  • Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as possible career choices for girls
  • Offer the opportunity to talk with women role models in STEM
  • Have girls participate in hands-on activities related to STEM
  • Meet other young ladies interested in STEM