Mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced this week her plan to create at least one all girls STEM school in each of the city’s boroughs.
She made the announcement at Brooklyn Bridge Park alongside Councilman Steve Levin. It’s part of broadening the citywide appeal for a Manhattan politician.
From the campaign’s release:
Christine Quinn today announced her plan for closing the gender gap in math and science and tech sector, by committing to the creation of an all-girls Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) middle school in each of the five boroughs. The schools will offer unprecedented opportunity to New York City girls at one of the most important stages of their educational development and will provide the support they need for continued academic success in fields drastically underrepresented by girls.
“Although we recognize how many incredible gains women have made through the decades, we can’t lose sight of how our girls – the next generation of great, powerful women – are supported today,” said Quinn. “We can’t let them slip through the cracks, and instead need to do all we can to foster our girls’ limitless potential. With new STEM middle schools made solely for New York City girls, we’ll set them on a path to become the great minds who are ready to tackle the challenges facing New York City – and the world – in years to come.”
Brooklyn already has an all-girls STEM school. The Urban Institute of Math & Science for Young Women is based downtown. Students can start in middle school.
The candidate’s education platform is extensive, citing the importance of preparing students for careers in technology in at least three different planks.
Quinn picked up an endorsement from Facebook’s Chief Operating Office Sheryl Sandberg earlier this month, as she announced plans to connect Long Island City to DUMBO’s burgeoning startup scene.
Quinn is not alone in emphasizing tech among mayoral aspirants, illustrating just how hard it is to differentiate a slate of candidates that agree on almost everything. Each of the mayoral candidates have their own visions of how to continue fostering a technology economy in New York City.