With Marvels new film, “Captain America: Civil Wa,r” ready to hit the screens, the studio has created a competition. “Girls Reforming the Future” is a contest that aims at encouraging more young girls to enter the STEM industry.
According to Tech Times, Marvel Studios has collaborated with the National Academy of Sciences to launch the contest. The competition entails eager girls between the ages of 15-18 to submit a video. The video must include creative and scientific ideas on how they would impact the development of our society.
Five finalists will be selected by a jury based on the effectiveness of their video. These five will be flown to Marvels Los Angeles studios. Here they will represent their ideas in front of a panel of judges.
The lucky winner will receive in internship with Marvel studios. All five finalists will receive a tour of Disney studios. As well as a $500 spending money.
MStars News makes mention of how Marvel, owned by Disney, has been under fire for not producing strong female leads. Wanting to be on the right side of gender equality, Marvel thought of the perfect way to encourage female presence.
Elizabeth Olsen, cast as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in the new film, “Captain America: Civil War”, introduced the contest on Marvel’s webpage.
“I’m really excited to meet these exceptional young women who have STEM backgrounds and who maybe also want to be part of more of a creative- and science-based world, ”Claims Olsen in the video online. “And Marvel’s a perfect place for that.”
International Women’s Day 2016 allowed us to analyse women in the workforce. Science, technology, engineering and maths industries, showed very little inclusion of women. Australian statistics show that only 34 percent of young adults graduating from STEM degrees are women.
Marvel is serious about encouraging the ideas and work of young women in the STEM industry. With the inclusion of more prominent female leads and the launch of this competition, Marvel is relying on “Girl Power” to make a difference.