Last Saturday, September 23, dPS spoke with with FEMME’s Saturday Program Director, Julia Long. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: What is your favorite part about 
working with FEMMES?
A: “Definitely working with all the girls! It’s awesome to see them really engage with the activities— you can really see that you’re doing something worthwhile. I’ve talked to 6th graders who have done FEMMES since the 4th grade, and they’re always sad that they’re aging out, because they love participating in the programs so much! It’s incredible to be a part of something that makes such an impact.”

Q: What impact does FEMMES leave on the young girls who participate?                                                                                    A:”I think the most important thing that we do is allow girls to explore different STEM disciplines in a non-academic, all-girl setting. There’s no pressure of assignments or grades, and they’re also provided a positive environment where they don’t have to worry about gender stereotypes working against them. Since they also work with young women from Duke who are often STEM majors, they are exposed to all kinds of talented women who are successful in fields that are sometimes considered ‘not for girls’.”

Q: How did you first get involved?
A: I started volunteering at one of our after school programs the second semester of my sophomore year. I’d heard about it from a friend who was involved and decided to try it out, and I fell in love with it! If someone wants to get involved, they can email femmesatduke@gmail.com and we can add them to our listserv, where they will get informed of volunteer opportunities as they arise!”
You can learn more about FEMMES on their website. Direct questions can be sent