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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  • Inspirational Bookmarks

    Dare to Dream | Be Humble Be Strong and Stay True to Yourself | Choose Your Path and Walk It With Pride - Print free inspirational bookmarks. Five styles per page. Keywords: bookmark, swag
    (1.03 MB, pdf)
  • Integrity Bingo

    Print copies of these as gamecards to play Integrity Bingo with your group. Create 28 small pieces of paper, each labeled with a number from 1 to 28. Students fill out their Bingo cards, and then numbers are drawn at random until there is a winner. Keywords: printable, printables
    (429.37 KB, pdf)
  • Integrity Bingo – Empowerment Activity

    Topic/Theme:​ Communication Skills – Use this Empowerment Activity to reinforce the corresponding video and build teamwork and community within your Career Girls Club or other group. Keywords: activities, communications, honesty
    (339.04 KB, pdf)
  • Is This a Career for Me?

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

    Keywords: printable, printables
    (88.94 KB, pdf)
  • It Does Not Define You

    Emilie Hill, Science Educator: When something bad happens, it can shape you and your world, but it does not define you. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster. Keywords: inspiration, inspirational, resilient, resilience, resiliency
    (2.55 MB, pdf)
  • Leadership and Teamwork – Ready-to-Use Script

    Choose this ready-to-use script to make your Career Girls presentions easy! Keywords: scripts, leader, team
    (68.99 KB, pdf)
  • Library Media Specialist Toolkit

    Download Library Media Specialist Toolkit with tips, activities, and ready-to-use printables. Everything you need to use Career Girls in your school. Keywords: librarian, specialists, toolkits
    (22.27 MB, pdf)
  • Literary Arts Careers – Classroom Lesson Plan

    This guide facilitates whole-class and small-group learning with the Literary Arts  Careers Empowerment Lesson Video in the Find Your Path section of the website. Keywords: classroom lesson plans, CLP, videos, career-based, career based, writing, literature, author,
    (278.90 KB, pdf)
  • Literary Arts Careers – Fun Page Activity

    This activity invites students to further explore concepts from the Literary Arts  Careers Empowerment Lesson Video in the Find Your Path section of the website. Keywords: fun page activities, FPA, videos, career-based, career based, explore, literature, art, author, authors, writing
    (324.70 KB, pdf)
  • Literary Arts Careers – Independent Learning Guide

    This guide is designed to support quick start discussion-based group learning and students who are independently exploring the Literary Arts  Careers Empowerment Lesson Video in the Find Your Path section of the website. Keywords: independent learning guides, ILG, videos, career-based, career based, explore, literature, writing, authors
    (453.26 KB, pdf)
  • Marshmallow Structures – Empowerment Activity

    Topic/Theme:​ Architecture and Construction 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, architect, architects, engineer, engineering, engineers, STEM
    (71.68 KB, pdf)
  • Math Opens Doors

    Jacquelyn Sims, Mathematician: Math opens doors. If you can do math, you can do well in any other subject. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster. Keywords: inspiration, inspirational, mathematics, STEM
    (2.61 MB, pdf)
  • Mentoring Tips for Parents

    Download this for an easy-to-share one page version of everyday mentoring tips for parents. Keywords: mentor, mentors, guide, parent, parental, family
    (478.31 KB, pdf)
  • Mentors Toolkit

    Download Mentors Toolkit with tips, activities, and ready-to-use printables. Everything you need to share Career Girls with your mentee. Keywords: mentor, toolkits, family, parents, parent, parental
    (22.49 MB, pdf)
  • Nothing is Impossible

    Tipsy Talwar, Sales Trader: Nothing is impossible, and don't let anyone tell you any other way. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster. Keywords: inspiration, inspirational
    (1.99 MB, pdf)
  • Ocean In a Bottle – Empowerment Activity

    Topic/Theme:​ Oceanography 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, oceanographer, oceanographers, marine, STEM
    (271.98 KB, pdf)
  • Overcoming Obstacles – Classroom Lesson Plan

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

    Use this activity page with students in conjunction with the Overcoming Obstacles Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. Keywords: fun page activities, FPA, videos, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, obstacle, overcome
    (289.84 KB, pdf)
  • Overcoming Obstacles – Independent Learning Guide

    This guide is designed to support quick start discussion-based group learning and students who are independently exploring the Overcoming Obstacles Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website. independent learning guides, ILG, videos, soft skills, skill-based, skill based, overcome, obstacle
    (453.48 KB, pdf)
  • Performing Arts Careers – Classroom Lesson Plan

    This guide facilitates whole-class and small-group learning with the Performing Arts Careers Empowerment Video in the Find Your Path section of the website.

    Keywords: classroom lesson plans, CLP, videos, career-based, career based, performance, art, dance, acting, actor, theatre, perform

    (272.97 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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