IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher is one cool role model, especially for young women.
She will support the Girl Scouts' new "Girls Go Tech" campaign, which encourages young women to study science, math, engineering, and technology. Fisher's car wing and driver suit will sport the Girl Scout servicemark for the remainder of the IndyRacing League season. "I've always loved all aspects of racing, especially driving and engineering, so it's great to support a campaign that encourages girls to find out what engineering is all about," says Fisher.
Interestingly, studies by the Girl Scout Research Institute show that girls tend to make career choices based on their role models rather than academic interests. "A role model like Sarah Fisher may help girls see they can persevere in a nontraditional field like engineering," says Jackie Barnes, interim CEO for Girl Scouts of the USA.
At 22, fan-favorite Fisher is a lead driver in the IRL. Last year she became the fastest woman ever to qualify for the Indy 500 and the first in North American motorsports' history to qualify on the pole for a major league open-wheel race.
To learn more about Girls Go Tech, see www.girlsgotech.org