Mrs. Laura Bush discussed the value of education and career opportunities for young women who focus on technology. ‘Girls in ICT Day’ empowers and encourages young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICT. 22 students from Irma L. Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School spent the day learning about Ericsson and future careers in technology.
Ericsson celebrates ‘Girls in ICT Day’ with former first lady Laura Bush

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today celebrated ‘International Girls in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Day’ with former first lady of the United States, Mrs. Laura Bush, at the company’s North American headquarters in Plano, Texas.

In honor of ‘Girls in ICT Day,’ Ericsson hosted a community event featuring the former first lady, a world-renowned advocate for education. Mrs. Bush offered her thoughts and reflections on the importance of cultivating the interest and participation of girls and young women in our ever-evolving technology workforce.

"Ericsson is doing great work by mentoring girls at such an important time in their lives," said Mrs. Bush. "Thank you, Ericsson, for helping girls succeed and pursue an education in ICT."

‘Girls in ICT Day’, established in 2010 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), aims to encourage, educate, and empower girls and young women to pursue studies and careers in ICT-related industries. Through this internationally recognized day, young women get a behind-the-scenes look at leading ICT companies like Ericsson. By providing this firsthand glimpse, Ericsson hopes that a new generation of young women will be inspired by technology and its transformational power.

Joining Mrs. Bush at Ericsson were 22 students from Irma L. Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in Dallas. Rangel School is the first all girls’ public school in Texas. Its mission is to provide young women in grades six through 12 with a global education that emphasizes mathematics, science, and technology in a rigorous pre-Advanced Placement academic environment.

In addition to meeting Mrs. Bush, the students spent the day touring Ericsson’s North American headquarters and meeting with company executives who discussed future career opportunities. They also glimpsed the next-generation of communications technology in the Ericsson Experience Center and participated in a webcast with the Girls in ICT event at Ericsson’s office in San Jose, California.

"Ericsson was honored to host Mrs. Bush as she shared her vision about the importance of preparing young women for future careers in technology," said Barbara Baffer, Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications for Ericsson in North America. "Her message underscored Ericsson’s belief that we need the creativity, innovation and determination that women can bring to the ICT industry."

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