California has become the first state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors, one of several laws boosting or protecting women that Gov. Jerry Brown signed Sunday.
The measure requires at least one female director on the board of each California-based public corporation by the end of next year. Companies would need up to three female directors by the end of 2021, depending on the number of board seats.
Green Girls, a program created by the City Parks Foundation in New York, inspires young girls to become environmental scientists. The program focuses on science and technology by immersing the girls into surrounding ecosystems for hands on experience. Careers in STEM are male dominated and programs like Green Girls are giving young women confidence to change that.
“A lot of girls want to be actresses or models,” related N’Kaylah Simmons, 17, pausing to develop her thought, “and sometimes I think, do they actually want to be these things? Or is it because it’s the only thing they see?”