At Career Girls, we know the road to empowerment and independence begins with education.

Do you know an aspiring astronaut, architect, or actor? How about a girl who dreams of being a surgeon, a software developer, or a dentist, or wonders what it might be like to be a firefighter, a forensic scientist, or a federal judge?

Girls need to start early building skills for their future careers. But many girls lack access to role models who can inspire them to imagine all that they can achieve — from academic success to amazing careers.

Career Girls is helping to change this. Career Girls is a free, noncommercial, online platform dedicated to making sure every girl around the world has access to diverse and accomplished women role models — women who can help girls learn to believe in themselves, imagine what is possible, and go after their dreams.

Career Girls brings together hundreds of accomplished women working in cities across the United States — Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Boston, New York City, Detroit, Atlanta, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and countries around the world. Through a series of videos, each role model shares the story of her career journey, in her own words and in an easily accessible format. What skills from her childhood does she still rely on today? What is a typical day like in her career? What obstacles has she overcome? Who are her heroes?

Our role models answer these questions and many others to provide an engaging and comprehensive look at wide-ranging careers. Role models also share favorite subjects in school, discuss the education they pursued to achieve their goals, suggest reasons to consider different careers, and offer helpful advice for getting there.

Career Girls places a focus on STEM fields, but our role models also represent careers in medicine, business and finance, public service, media and communications, education, law, food and nutrition, sports, arts and entertainment, and more — connecting academic studies with a real world context. These role models guide girls in learning more about careers they may already be interested in pursuing and many more they may not have known were even possible.

One of the easiest ways to teach with Career Girls is through our Empowerment Lesson videos which organize content by topic or theme. These under-three-minute video clips feature accomplished, diverse, and inspiring women who share straight-to-the-point insights and advice — making this series an ideal jumping-off point for in-depth learning experiences. Career-Based Empowerment Lessons are centered around career exploration and include titles such as "Career Exploration 101" and "Why Choose STEM". Skill-Based Empowerment Lessons focus on the knowledge and soft skills required for social and emotion learning (SEL) and success in the workforce, and include titles such as "Becoming a Leader", "The Importance of Integrity", and "The Importance of Teamwork". You'll also find free, downloadable educational resources (PDFs) to support each Empowerment Lesson.

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  • Motivational Mini-Poster – Create Your Own

    Add your photo in the middle and add quotes from our role models to create a mini-poster that will inspire and motivate you to dream big and achieve your goals.
    (245.29 KB, pdf)
  • Cool Career Facts

    Career Girls videos are full of surprising and fun facts about widely diverse careers. Imagine this: Jaime Catchen, Mars Rover Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), helps plan the Rover’s driving—which rocks are safe to drive over and how to best position the Rover to carry…

    (181.41 KB, pdf)
  • Common Core State Standard (CCSS) Connections

    Career Girls educational materials are designed to support students in developing lifelong learning skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and motivation, while also building competencies for meeting the Common Core State Standards.

    (65.18 KB, pdf)
  • Smart About STEM Certificate

    Explore 10 STEM careers to earn this certificate. Set a goal of exploring careers in each STEM area: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
    (570.16 KB, pdf)
  • Positively Empowered Certificate

    Complete 10 Empowerment Lessons to earn this certificate. Decorate a star for each Empowerment topic you explore. Write the video topic on the line.

    (539.95 KB, pdf)
  • Career Connections Certificate

    Explore 10 different careers to complete this certificate. Decorate a star for each career area you explore.

    (546.35 KB, pdf)
  • Career Words Comics

    This comic strip format builds word-picture associations to support students’ acquisition of key vocabulary. The fun, accessible format combines dialogue and context to actively reinforce vocabulary students encounter in the videos and in the corresponding classroom lessons.

    (237.57 KB, pdf)
  • Career Record Sheet

    Setting college and career goals can motivate students to improve their academic performance. Make copies of this record sheet and have students keep track of career videos they view as well as an overview of each career. This visual record will remind students of the active role they…

    (65.48 KB, pdf)
  • Career Tracker

    This chart helps you keep track of careers you explore. (Print multiple copies of this page.)

    (99.33 KB, pdf)
  • Career Girls Journal

    Use this activity page as a follow-up to Career Girls videos. Each of four sections engages girls in examining careers more closely and making connections: What are important things to know about this career? What questions do I have about this career or role model? What…

    (140.63 KB, pdf)
  • Career Comics 3

    Use your imagination to create comics that explore questions about careers: How do I do this? What is this job like? Your comics can be funny, silly, clever, serious, or any combination. (Print multiple copies to create comics for more than one career.)

    (202.32 KB, pdf)
  • Career Comics 2

    Use your imagination to create comics that explore questions about careers: How do I do this? What is this job like? Your comics can be funny, silly, clever, serious, or any combination. (Print multiple copies to create comics for more than one career.)

    (151.59 KB, pdf)
  • Career Comics 1

    Use your imagination to create comics that explore questions about careers: How do I do this? What is this job like? Your comics can be funny, silly, clever, serious, or any combination. (Print multiple copies to create comics for more than one career.)

    (281.94 KB, pdf)
  • Is This a Career for Me?

    This graphic organizer helps you connect your interests and abilities with careers you’re exploring.

    (88.94 KB, pdf)
  • Career Action Plan

    Use this page to explore what it takes to prepare for a career. (Print multiple copies to explore more than one career.)

    (199.94 KB, pdf)
  • Developing Writing Skills – Classroom Lesson Plan

    This guide facilitates whole-class and small-group learning with the Developing Writing Skills Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website.
    (272.59 KB, pdf)
  • Developing Writing Skills – Independent Learning Guide

    This guide is designed to support quick-start, discussion-based group learning, as well as students who are independently exploring the Developing Writing Skills Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website.
    (457.75 KB, pdf)
  • Why Extracurricular Activities – Fun Page Activity

    This activity invites students to further explore concepts from the Why Extracurricular Activities Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website.
    (695.91 KB, pdf)
  • Why Extracurricular Activities – Independent Learning Guide

    This guide is designed to support quick-start, discussion-based group learning, as well as students who are independently exploring the Why Extracurricular Activities Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website.
    (450.74 KB, pdf)
  • Why Extracurricular Activities – Classroom Lesson Plan

    This guide facilitates whole-class and small-group learning with the Why Extracurricular Activities Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website.
    (272.00 KB, pdf)