AAUW-WA sponsors or co-sponsors various initiatives that reflect our mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  STEM is a program that was originally begun in the Pacific Northwest to encourage middle and high school girls in Washington and Oregon to pursue an education in science, technology, education, or mathematics (STEM).  This program has now been adopted by the AAUW national association and is being partially funded by the National Science Foundation.