Women make up more than half of the U.S. population, but continue to be underrepresented in business and in classrooms where STEAM courses are the predominate fields of study. Globally, women face barriers to education that limit economic growth and challenge their efforts to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. Ford Fund supports programs that empower women by providing access to educational, business and financial opportunities that can open doors to success and make their lives better.
Members of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan participate in the STEMinista Project at Michigan Science Center in Detroit. Women who work at Ford in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math provide mentoring and other support.
When Saudi Arabia lifted the royal decree banning women from obtaining a driver’s license, Ford stepped in to launch the first driver training event of its kind there. Ford Driving Skills for Life for Her made its global debut in March 2018 at Jeddah’s Effat University. Customized training modules were created with first-time drivers in the kingdom in mind.
Ford Fund works with nonprofit partners to give women social entrepreneurs access to resources and capital through programs like Empower Change MI and HERImpact D.C.
Ford Fund collaborated with Shaun Robinson and the S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls to conduct Empowered Girl panel discussions on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The discussions centered around teaching girls how to avoid being a victim of domestic violence.