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Ohio Pledges 25,000 to Million Women Mentors® effort

Posted on Jan 30, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 30, 2014)—Battelle is helping Ohio in its pledge of 25,000 mentors to the Million Women Mentors (MWM) effort. The MWM movement seeks to garner one million mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professions during the next four years to collectively increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women in these academic areas.

Ohio’s pledge is made jointly with Kansas, Missouri, Indiana and New Jersey. The 25,000 mentor commitment means Ohio has promised the largest number of any states. In total, the national Million Women Mentors movement will announce more than 40,000 commitments to mentor a girl or young woman in STEM skills this week.

Battelle, the world’s largest independent research and development organization with a long history of support for STEM education, is leading efforts in Ohio.

“Mentoring young women is a true win-win,” says Aimee Kennedy, Vice-President of Education, Philanthropy and STEM Learning at Battelle. “As mentors, we can help unleash the full potential of the next generation of American innovators.”

Ohio is well on its way to creating a strong state steering committee with commitments to serve from several STEM and women-related organizations. Ohio organizations interested in joining the effort should contact Battelle’s Stephanie Johnson at

Nationally, Tata Consultancy Services, PepsiCo, the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa and Apollo Education Group also are committing to mentor girls and young women in STEM fields. By taking the pledge at, these states, organizations and corporations are committing to mentoring a young woman for a minimum of 20 hours through one of the five suggested mentor pathways.

“We salute the state-level leadership and know how hard they have worked to build their mentoring pledges,” states Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors®. “Adding these new pledges to the over 160,000 already made through our official site takes us past the 200,000 mark – which is tremendous since our four-year initiative only launched in January, 2014. We expect big corporate and government pledge announcements in the coming months as well as a city movement where mayors are joining the MWM Movement.”

About Million Women Mentors

Launched on January 8th, 2014, MWM is the collective action of over 54 national partners and 22 corporate sponsors (as of July 2014) designed to increase the number of girls and women within the high school to work age continuum that persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. For more information on MWM, please visit

Media contact on MWM state initiatives: Sheila Boyington: 423-309-3667,

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit 

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614)424-7208 or at or contact T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or at

About STEMconnector®

STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 110 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. For more information, visit

Media Contacts

Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208

T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544