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Mastercard Commits to Bring STEM Education Opportunities to 200,000 Girls by 2020


Girls4TechWorkshops, Regional Partnerships Drive
Effort to Engage, Enable and Empower Women across the Globe

Mastercard today set a goal to reach 200,000 girls aged 10-13 around the
world with its signature Girls4Tech™ program by 2020. The commitment was
made as the company kicked off a global marathon of STEM (science,
technology, engineering and mathematics) workshops in celebration of the
International Day of the Girl.

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On International Day of the Girl, Mastercard shines a light on the development of young girls and commits to reach 200,000 by 2020 with its Girls4Tech STEM education program. (Photo: Business Wire)

According to the World
Economic Forum
, women remain a minority in STEM-related careers. In
the U.S. alone, fewer than a quarter of STEM jobs are held by women,
despite being more than half of the workforce.

"It's critical that today's students have access to the support and
encouragement to achieve their dreams. Providing access to STEM
principles is one way we can make a difference today," said Susan
Warner, senior vice president, internal communications, Mastercard.
"When we first talk with the girls, they're not thinking about a career
in fraud detection, cryptology or technology, but when they leave,
they're thinking just that."

Launched in 2014, Girls4Tech
is Mastercard's award-winning education program aimed at creating future
problem solvers. The curriculum was created in conjunction with top
engineers and technologists at Mastercard to teach the foundations of
STEM principles.

Partnerships Help Set the Path to 200,000

Following its debut in China and Singapore in 2016, the Girls4Tech
program has returned for the second year in renewed partnerships with
the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Shanghai Be Better Education
and the Singapore Committee for UN Women. The program is expected to
benefit 30,000 girls across classrooms in China and 7,500 girls in
Singapore in the 2017-2018 school year.

"Our work is focused on developing a pipeline of female talent in STEM.
This means providing young girls with the opportunity to interact with
female role models and enabling them to experience firsthand STEM
careers at organizations across the country," said Trina Liang-Lin,
president, Singapore Committee for UN Women.

"We're pleased to have the chance to promote STEM and have Girls4Tech be
part of the Be Better curriculum," said Alan Wang, CEO and co-founder,
Be Better. "We believe empowered girls are the key to a brighter future.
By providing innovative programs like these, we're creating the next
generation of problem solvers and change makers."

Running Start – International Day of the Girl STEM Marathon

Mastercard is organizing Girls4Tech workshops across 10 countries in the
month of October. From Auckland to St. Louis, girls will apply their own
special skills, as well as math and science concepts they're learning in
school to solve real-life challenges. The data scientists and
cybersecurity detectives of tomorrow, will explore the world of big-data
analytics and algorithms, encryption, cryptology, and biometrics to
create and innovate technologies that are safe, simple and smart.

Through this month's efforts alone, Mastercard will reach over 1400
students. This adds to the more than 30,000 girls across 17 countries
who have participated in the program over the past three years.

Extending a Commitment to Women's Empowerment

Mastercard has a long-standing commitment to building, growing and
supporting a culture of inclusion.
Its efforts are focused to deliver a meaningful impact in three areas:

  • People – Creating a dynamic, engaged and balanced workplace globally
  • Society – Driving an inclusive approach to business
  • Market – Bringing balance and equal access to products and solutions

These activities, including Girls4Tech and Project
– a program implemented with UN Women to support
entrepreneurs creating a better world for women and girls in Asia and
the Pacific – led to Gender Fair recently recognizing the company's real
and substantial commitment to women's equality.

About Mastercard

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is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the
world's fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers,
financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more
than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions
make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running
a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more
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