A community of women interested in agriculture
Sponsored by Bayer
More than one million women represent 35% of all farmers in America. In Hawaii, they account for about 42% of the islands’ farmers. Bayer’s Wahine 2 Wahine (W2W) Network is a diverse group of women from the islands of Maui, Molokai and Oahu who strive to empower women to embrace and share the essential connection between agriculture, food and family.
The program is a voluntary community of women interested in agriculture both professionally and personally. The women come from a wide range of careers in agriculture that include communications, conservation, field work, human resources, government affairs, and research. Together, representing second and third generations of farmers, Bayer has more than 100 years of experience within the agriculture industry.
In addition to meeting with legislators and community leaders to discuss issues that pertain to agriculture, the women of Wahine 2 Wahine engage in volunteerism and community service projects that support children and families in need. They create learning and mentorship opportunities for women in agriculture and support Hawaii’s youth through programs like the Science Symposium for Girls, 4-H Expo, and Hawaii STEM Conference.
To meet the changing needs of the agriculture industry, skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are essential. While women make up about half of the workforce in the United States, they only fill 25 percent of the jobs in STEM fields. Bayer is working to improve opportunities for young girls to get involved with STEM education early, as well as helping to improve the visibility and availability of female role models in STEM and ag related careers.
Bayer believes in fostering the next generation of Hawaii innovators by supporting educational programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Over the years, it is proud to have donated more than $1.2 million dollars and to have volunteered hundreds of hours to benefit students and schools throughout Hawaii. Bayer also sponsors and participates in various events throughout the year such as the Sacred Hearts Academy Science Symposium for Girls.