By A Girl, For A Girl
“You are really smart… for a girl”
“You are really good at math… for a girl“
“for a girl” is a statement that unfortunately comes up too frequently for girls an young women.
There is a well-documented failure to attract girls and young women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as well as medicine and research, a corresponding lower frequency with which women enter these fields, as compared with men. There is also a considerable dearth of research that is focused specifically on women, their health, and well-being.
And such there is a great need for work to be done in STEM, medicine and research that is conducted by girls/women and for girls/women.
ForAGirl is a novel program based in the play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health and Learning Games, focused on promoting girl’s engagement in these fields with the goal to increase girls and women entering the fields of STEM, medicine, and research.
ForAGirl will engage female high school students who will participate in an intensive summer internship and receive hands-on research training in developing effective videogame interventions that target improving areas in which girls and women are disproportionately impacted. They will also receive lectures and mentorship from Yale women faculty. Using our videogame research center as a training platform, we will be developing skills and expertise in girls as they learn to create interventions that uniquesly impact girls: “By a girl, For a girl.”