The road to empowerment and independence begins with education. Career Girls role models add a real life context.

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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  • 4-Wheel Balloon Car – Empowerment Activity

    Topic/Theme:​ Engineering Careers – Use this Empowerment Activity to reinforce the corresponding video and build teamwork and community within your Career Girls Club or other group. Keywords: Activities, engineer, STEM
    (330.98 KB, pdf)
  • A Future That is Ours

    Deborah Cullinan, Chief Executive Officer: The more that we are inspired, the more we can see a future that is ours. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.
    (2.19 MB, pdf)
  • A True Leader

    Rebekah Salwasser, Sports Executive: A true leader is able to walk in other people's shoes. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster. Keywords: leadership
    (2.07 MB, pdf)
  • Be Confident: Classroom Lesson Plan

    This guide facilitates whole-class and small-group learning with the Be Confident Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. Keywords: classroom lesson plans, videos, CLP, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, confidence
    (269.11 KB, pdf)
  • Be Confident: Fun Page Activity

    This activity invites students to further explore concepts from the Be Confident Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. Keywords: fun page activities, FPA, videos, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, confidence
    (266.95 KB, pdf)
  • Be Confident: Independent Learning Guide

    This guide is designed to support quick-start, discussion-based group learning, as well as students who are independently exploring the Be Confident Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. independent learning guides, ILG, videos, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, confident
    (985.33 KB, pdf)
  • Become a Leader – Classroom Lesson Plan

    This guide facilitates whole-class and small-group learning with the Become a Leader Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. Keywords:

    Keywords: classroom lesson plans, CLP, videos, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, leadership, leading

    (290.41 KB, pdf)
  • Become A Leader – Fun Page Activity

    Use this activity page with students in conjunction with the Become a Leader Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. Keywords: fun page activities, FPA, videos, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, leadership
    (313.90 KB, pdf)
  • Become a Leader – Independent Learning Guide

    This guide is designed to support quick start discussion-based group learning and students who are independently exploring the Become a Leader Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. independent learning guides, ILG, videos, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, leadership, be
    (212.22 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.)

    Keywords: printable, printables
    (199.94 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.)

    Keywords: printable, printables, comic strip
    (281.94 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.)

    Keywords: printable, printables, comic strip
    (151.59 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.)

    Keywords: printable, printables, comic strip
    (202.32 KB, pdf)
  • Career Connections Certificate

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

    Keywords: printable, printables, certificates
    (546.35 KB, pdf)
  • Career Exploration 101 – Classroom Lesson Plan

    This guide facilitates whole-class and small-group learning with the Career Exploration 101 Empowerment Video in the Find Your Path section of the website. Keywords: classroom lesson plans, videos, career-based, career based, CLP, explore
    (284.10 KB, pdf)
  • Career Exploration 101 – Fun Page Activity

    Use this activity page with students in conjunction with the Career Exploration 101 Empowerment Video in the Find Your Path section of the website. Keywords: fun page activities, FPA, videos, career-based, career based, explore, careers
    (55.69 KB, pdf)
  • Career Exploration 101 – Independent Learning Guide

    This guide is designed to support quick start discussion-based group learning and students who are independently exploring the Career Exploration 101 Empowerment Video in the Find Your Path section of the website. Keywords: independent learning guides, ILG, videos, career-based, career based, explore,
    (213.97 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 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.)

    Keywords: printable, printables
    (99.33 KB, pdf)

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“I really believe that people are all planted with the seed of I am here to do something great” – Claudia Rinaldi, Career Girls Role Model

Three things I have learned from Career Girls: “One, that women can do anything, two, never give up and three, we are strong, intelligent and we have the power to change the world by working in the fields that we are passionate about.” – Isobel, Student


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