Debbie Sterling - Building a Future for Girls in STEM

Advancements in Technology and engineering have never been more vital to the propulsion of humanity. For decades, a wide gap has existed in the fields of science, math, engineering, and technology between men and women. Debbie Sterling has dedicated herself to narrowing that gap and inspiring a new generation of girls to compete in these historically male-dominated industries.

Graduating from Stanford with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Sterling quickly jumped in head first to corporate jobs that utilized these skills. It wasn’t until she had taken a break and a 6-month sabbatical to volunteer in India that she made the commitment to changing the world.

Hoping to inspire more girls like her to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Sterling realized that she could only do so if she appealed to girls themselves. Instead of toy trucks and building blocks, her company, GoldieBlox featured purse kits, bracelets, and web-driven education.

Since raising $300,000 through a campaign on Kickstarter in 2012, GoldieBlox has generated millions of downloads on the App Store. Sterling’s educational products are sold on Amazon, Walmart, and Targets across the country. She has even partnered with the Girl Scouts of America to include new badges that promote girls learning more about the STEM field.

Her genius concept and commitment to young girls has allowed her to break through barriers that would have limited their interest in a career path that they could be inclined to. Debbie Sterling stands as a role model for thinking outside the box and for all girls who aim for goals that may seem out of reach.

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