Gender Studies


Questions we’re exploring

1. Does trying something new in a safe/familiar environment make girls more likely to pursue new interests in the future?

In many of our programs for young women, we find they are trying things for the first time. How does this impact them? How does the environment that they try these things in effect their confidence and willingness to take a leap?

2. Are girls more likely not to try new things because they think they won’t like it or they won’t be good at it?

In our interviews with girls, we noted that they seemed to have a tendency to write off some subjects without trying them. We wondered why this is and decided to explore it through some applied programs.

3. Does resilience play a part in girls pursuing their passions?

Developing resilience is a big area of interest for us, and we wanted to see if young women who show that trait are more likely to feel confident and envision themselves in careers related to their passions.

4. How important is friend/family support and encouragement in pursuing interests?

Our families and friends play a major role in who we become, and a big effort of ours is to understand how these relationships affect the outlook young women have on the world and the opportunities available to them.


Imagination, gender and their importance in perceived choices

One of the very first programs we ran was focused on a group of 5 female teens and their drive to try new things. Along with foundry10, the girls tried out a number of new and unusual activities ranging from skateboarding to blacksmithing to paintball.
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Program Updates

CODE Film Review

Colin Katagiri, tech instructor at foundry10, attended a screening of the documentary film CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, that was accompanied by a panel of the creators and prominent women in tech fields. Read about the experience.

Upcoming Student Identity Research

We have just announced some planned research into barriers that surround student identity. This will be taking place in early 2017. If you would like to participate, or want to know more, you can check out a short synopsis of our reasons and goals for the research here.

Shakespeare Girls Camp

In ancient times, all of the roles in Shakesperean plays were performed by men. We turned this tradition on its head to explore how challenging gender and social norms can improve confidence and create a more equitable theater experience.

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Girl's Group: Film Making

Foundry10 worked with a group of female high school students to create a film. Entirely designed and carried out by the students, the process was fun and valuable, and prompted conversations around risk, gender, and confidence.

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