A lot of girls may not think of becoming engineers because they have less access to role models, writes Linda Kekelis, executive director of Techbridge, an after-school program in California's Bay Area that aims to engage female students in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. "When a girl meets a woman succeeding in STEM, it expands the range of careers she considers as she imagines her own future," Kekelis said.

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