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Sawsane – Pushing Past My Own Limitations

Sawsane smiling in front of shrubbery

Sawsane, TechGirls 2022, Algeria I sent my application to the TechGirls program in the very last hours before the application deadline. Can you guess why? Because I thought: so many amazing girls are going to apply, and there is nothing special about me, so why would they choose me? Yet, I made it. I had Read More »

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The 2023 TechGirls Capstone Event: Memories and Motivation

Kuralay from Kazakhstan gives her speech as her fellow TechGirls speakers look on

On the sunlit morning of Monday, July 31, 2023, the 2023 TechGirls – 125 young women from 36 countries and territories – gathered together at the U.S. Department of State (DOS) dressed in their best attire for the program’s official Capstone event.  During the past three weeks of this summer exchange funded by the Bureau Read More »

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Milena – ‘Siri-ous women’ in the STEM field

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Milena, TechGirls 2022, Montenegro  ‘Can you name three female scientists or inventors you know?’ For a long time, I was one of the people who only knew about Marie Curie and Ada Lovelace, and I would try really hard to think about anyone else. From an early age, I knew about Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Read More »

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Rihab – TechGirls: A Bright Start and a Huge Push! 

Rihab standing in veterinary clinic. She is wearing pink scrubs and a stethoscope around her neck.

Rihab, TechGirls 2015, Morocco  At a young age, I had the chance to take part in the TechGirls 2015 program. I was one of the lucky girls to be selected among hundreds of Moroccan applicants. I flew to Washington, D.C. for one of the most life-changing experiences. Between the TechCamp, the job shadow experience, the Read More »

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Celina – Raising Climate Change Awareness

Celina smiling behind NASA podium

Celina, TechGirls 2022, Argentina Ever since I was a child, I’ve been interested in science and nature. From the first moment I heard about the TechGirls program, I dreamed of being part of it. Not only because of the opportunity of learning about different STEM fields, but also for the possibility of sharing this experience Read More »

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Elyse – Forging My Path to Engineering

Elyse smiling on a grass lawn. There are people and buildings behind her.

Elyse, TechGirls 2022, Rwanda I cannot remember a time when I was not fascinated by machines. As a child, my father had gotten tired of me asking how different devices worked. Once, I even broke apart the blender to check what made it spin. Obviously, I ended up being scolded, but my curiosity never diminished. Read More »

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Era – Growing with STEM

Era smiling in front of shrubs

Era, TechGirls 2022, Kosovo An environment where we could flourish, expand our ideas and collaborate with other changemakers, was created in the TechGirls program. This program allowed me to view the world from new perspectives. In addition, it gave me clearer lenses as I immersed myself in learning more about 35 different cultures in the Read More »

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Esther – Sowing Seeds of Potential

Esther smiles while holding Fijian flag across her body.

Esther, TechGirls 2022, Fiji Growing up, I have always wondered what my purpose in life was. I began to search for ways to spend my time in hopes to ignite an interest that would bring me happiness and satisfaction. I discovered that as I assisted loved ones in my community, it gave me a sense Read More »

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