MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - According to UNESCO, women make up 30 percent of the world’s researchers.
On Friday, the Tennessee Valley Authority did its part to educate and empower girls to join the field.
It's a lesson you can't quite teach in the classroom, and instead of a pen and paper you'll need a pink hard hat. About 20 girls between the ages 1-18 visited the Tennessee Valley Authority Allen Plant in Memphis Friday as part of that lesson.
The goal is to empower them.
"You can be that engineer,” said Marcey Wright, Public and Community Relations Consultant. “You can be that plant operations manager."
TVA hosted the first “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day” in hopes of educating the girls on STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
"We want to take skills that the girls are learning every day in school and show them how they translate into good paying jobs,” Wright said.
The day included a tour of the TVA plant, problem solving exercises and other empowering activities.
"We can’t drink dirty water, or we’ll get sick so we have to drink clean water and that’s what the machines are for,” said Amaya Greene.
"We got to see how the water gets clean and the solar panels,” said Oneira Caviness.
The day even brought a few of them closer together, and for some, like Ashton Stewart, a future in the STEM field is now a more realistic dream.
"An economic developer like my dad so this definitely helped,” Stewart said.