A recent TIME article summarizes a myriad of current studies demonstrating a gender gap in financial literacy. Women with high levels of scholastic achievement are lagging in financial planning and independence.
These findings demonstrate why Middlesex’s recent partnership with Invest in Girls Inc. (IIG) is so important in fulfilling the School’s mission of helping students become “knowledgeable, capable, responsible and moral citizens of the world.”
IIG came to Middlesex last year, engaging female students in educational workshops and hands-on activities intended to “demystify” the financial services industry and provide “the skills and confidence they need to become independent and influential women.”
Girls enrolled in the IIG program attend four group workshops, while working individually with a strong female mentor in financial services industry. These mentors serve not only as role models for the students, but are also exceptional resources for advice about future education, internship, and career opportunities. IIG also hosts two “Industry Exposure” trips to demonstrate the variety of careers available in finance and provide firsthand insight into the daily operations of these careers.
IIG programming at Middlesex will continue this year, reaching our female students at a pivotal time for them to start considering potential careers, and positioning them to lead successful, financially independent lives. For more information on the 2012-13 IIG programming, please contact Heather Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invest in Girls was also featured in The New York Times on June 29, 2012. Westover School in western Connecticut, Milton Academy in Milton, MA and Middlesex are the three schools who pioneered the program.