Green Dot Celebrates International Women’s Day

10 Stories that highlight women’s excellence in education.


International Women’s Day recognizes the contributions of women across the world. In celebration of the global holiday, we’ve rounded up 10 articles and videos that highlight the impact that women have had on education and equitability at Green Dot Public Schools.


Green Dot Students Create Women in STEM Scholarship

A team of Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School alumni were concerned about the small number of women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-based (STEM) careers, so they created a scholarship to encourage more underrepresented groups to pursue careers in STEM.

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How Mae Jemison Inspires Students through Space Travel

Green Dot Public Schools supports student growth by recognizing the amazing achievements of pioneers. One of our favorite groundbreakers is Mae Carol Jemison, who is the first African American woman to travel to space. In honor of her courage and tenacity, we named a high-performing, tuition-free public charter school, Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School in her honor.


Rising So That Others Can: Meet Alumna Yaritza Gonzalez

Green Dot Public Schools instills a passion for excellence within all of its students--regardless of background. Many of our students who attend college come back as a testament to their communities. With an emphasis on personal responsibility, and a well-supported academic program, we believe that all students can succeed. In this guest-authored piece, learn how this unmotivated high school student became a Dartmouth College alumna through Green Dot Public Schools.

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Leading with Love and High Expectations

All of our schools are supported by dedicated and passionate leaders. They make our mission statement possible across several communities. In particular, teacher-turned-principal Tiana Diggs, makes it her personal mission to make education more equitable.  


This Alumna Helps Students in Her Community Overcome Barriers

Shannon Doss wasn’t always college bound. She grew up in South Los Angeles and entered the foster care system at the age of 16. During her early teenage years, college never felt like a viable option. A decade later, she’s a mentor to at-risk youth.


Meet Evelyn Boyd Granville

Women have made phenomenal advancements in science. One story we love to tell our students is the legacy of Evelyn Boyd Granville, who had a PhD in mathematics, and changed the world with her trajectory calculation, which was used to land a vehicle on the moon. 


This Alumna Became a Counselor at Her Alma Mater

Our school counselors help ensure that all students have the necessary knowledge and support to navigate the road to college well before their senior year.At Ánimo Leadership Charter High School this alumna returned to her alma mater to counsel the next generation of students along their path to college. 


How Fairley Inspired This Alumna to Dream Big

For many families in underserved communities, college is a big step. At Fairley High School, alumni Corteona Standback is inspiring many along her path to become the first person in her family to graduate college. 


Ellen Ochoa’s Journey to Space Inspires a New Generation of Students

At Green Dot Public Schools we love to celebrate stellar achievements. One of our favorite path-to-achievement is Ellen Ochoa, who became the first female hispanic astronaut to enter space. Learn how she used education to shoot for the stars.

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Guided by a Belief in the Potential of All Students

Over 15 years ago, a desire to see all children succeed inspired Lajuan Sylvester to leave her role as an operations manager in the private sector and pursue a career in public education. As a parent of a child with a learning disability, she was driven to advocate for her child and other children with similar challenges. 

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