Two star dribbling young women at Andover High School could be this year’s poster girls for a basketball team that encourages girls to study for technology jobs.
Less than 1 percent of high school girls express interest in technology-related study and jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. By 2020, there will be 1.4 million technology jobs, but only 12 percent of women are now seeking technology-related careers, the labor statistics reveal.
Andover’s AllTechTeam of female basketball players wants those statistics to change - and they are. Thirty percent of girls with exposure to the TechTeam will continue to pursue opportunities to study and work in the technology field, said Grace Perry of Andover, who coaches the local TechTeam.
“There is a huge problem in our society today. Simply, there are not enough women leaders in Tech organizations,” Perry said.
Locally, that 30 percent includes AllTechTeam leader Meghan Stickney, AHS varsity basketball captain, and Tori Roche, an AHS three-sport athlete, on varsity field hockey, basketball and softball teams.
Both girls are AHS seniors. Meghan will study engineering at the University of Rhode Island and Tori will study business at Babson University. Both agreed that AllTechTeam involvement helped them make good career choices.
“It is important to draw parallels of the skills I applied on the court and how to be a great team player. AllTechTEAM helped me understand how I will handle myself in the college classroom and someday as a leader in Tech.” Meghan said in a press release.
“For the past two years with the AllTechTEAM, I have had the chance to listen and learn from leaders at top tech companies,” added Tori.
Along with Alison DiBenedetto and Minda Reidy at the AHS math/engineering department and top local female student-athletes, Perry said the AllTechTeam was created to address the gender issues in corporate America and to get more girls interested in technology-related jobs. And, the team is scoring when it comes to addressing the gender problem.
“We are leveraging the skills learned on hoop courts and the AllTechTEAM was formed,” Perry said.
Now, the locally-popular Hoops for Hope basketball program has partnered with the AllTechTEAM.
Meghan and Tori agreed the pairing is great news for local girls.