Acxiom gifted the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (WFA) $100,000 for its Girls of Promise initiative.
The Girls of Promise initiative provides opportunities and mentors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to increase the number of girls in STEM courses and careers.
“We are passionate about helping the next generation of leaders pursue their dreams through STEM careers,” said Janet Cinfio, CIO at Acxiom. “We are proud to sponsor the WFA’s Girls of Promise initiative and the Tjuana Byrd Summer Internship Program to help girls envision themselves pursuing a career in STEM. When girls and women are empowered with education and opportunities, the benefits extend to their families, their communities, and the global economy.”
Studies show there is a significant disparity between women and men in STEM careers. Although nearly half of the U.S. workforce are women, they comprised only 27% of STEM workers in 2019, while men made up 52% of the U.S. workforce and accounted for 73% of STEM workers.
“We are so proud of our continued partnership with Acxiom,” said Anna Beth Gorman, executive director of the WFA. “Their investment in our Girls of Promise Initiative makes it possible for us to reach young women across our state, and work innovatively with a cross section of stakeholders to address gender and racial gaps in STEM based high demand careers. It also sends a message to other corporations about the value and role women play in our STEM economy.”
The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas was founded in 1998 with the mission to ensure economic security for Arkansas women and girls through collaboration and focused philanthropic investment.