WSI Mary Kay Gender Equality Challenge - 2021, SDG 5WSI

Congratulations to Winners and Finalists in the 2021 Challenge Season!

Here are the top competitors in the 2021-22 academic year NFTE World Series of Innovation.

Mary Kay Gender Equality Challenge - 2021

The Challenge: Design a solution to promote workplace equality and equal access to economic opportunity for women and girls.


  • First Place: STEMinists, an online portal that connects female professionals to mentor young female STEM students to bolster female success in STEM fields. Developed by 15-year-old Misaki Nguyen, student at Silver Creek High School in San Jose, California. See their video here.
  • Second Place: Pads for Peace, a feminine product subscription box that donates a box to homeless shelters for every box purchased. Developed by 14-year-old Ashley Cohen, 14-year-old Olivia Mooney, and 14-year-old Ashley Simonian, students at Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California. See their video here.
  • Third Place: Black Girls Mean Business, a virtual summer business program for black high school girls that matches young professionals with mentors from industry leading businesses. Developed by 17-year-old Brianna Holmes, 18-year-old Cherry Zhang, 17-year-old Alyssa Torres, and 17-year-old Rachel Holmes, students at Silver Creek High School in San Jose, California. See their video here.


  • Intern for a Day, a social networking service for professional women to offer mentoring services. Developed by a team from Durant High School in Plant City, Florida. See their video here.
  • Rate My Workplace, a website that provides workplace reviews along with gender composition profiles of companies to identify inclusive workplaces. Developed by a team from Delhi Public School in Dwarka, India. See their video here.
  • Prowess, a returnship (an internship that helps adults who have taken time away from their careers and are interested in re-entering the workforce) platform to match women to employers. Developed by a team from William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. See their video here.
  • We Are Stronger Together, an awareness campaign and advocacy group that seeks to improve the health and well-being of South African women by providing education and easy access to feminine products. Developed by a team from Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California. See their video here.
  • CheckQuo, a hiring app that that hides applicant gender during screening to standardize hiring practices. Developed by a team from Hayward High School in Hayward, California.
  • Within Reach, a company playroom that allows workers with children to have access to childcare during working hours. Developed by a team from Abraham Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, California.

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More Challenges

6 Clean water and sanitationBank of the West Fresh Water Action Challenge

Bank of the West

sdg 6

Promote ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle water.

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8 Decent work and economic growthCiti Foundation Future of Work Challenge

Citi Foundation

sdg 8

Empower young people with the tools for the future of work

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15 Life on landEY Accelerating Environmental Sustainability Challenge


sdg 15

Protect, restore, or promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.

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11 Sustainable cities and communitiesLink Logistics Green Buildings Challenge

Link Logistics

sdg 11

Helps buildings become more environmentally sustainable or promote the use of green building materials

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14 Life below waterMary Kay Global Oceans Conservation Challenge

Mary Kay

sdg 14

Conserve and/or protect the world's marine ecosystems and coastal communities.

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4 Quality educationMastercard Financial Education Challenge


sdg 4

Promote, educate, or increase access to financial literacy in your community.

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13 Climate actionMaxar Climate Mapping Challenge


sdg 13

Use maps and satellite imagery that helps communities understand and adapt to the impact of climate change.

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3 Good health and wellbeingMetLife Foundation Good Health and Well-Being Challenge

MetLife Foundation

sdg 3

Promote equitable access to physical and/or mental wellbeing in your community

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7 Affordable and clean energyServiceNow Carbon Killer Challenge


sdg 7

Reduce carbon emissions in local communities.

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13 Climate actionZuora Subscription Economy Challenge


sdg 13

Advance sustainability through innovation in the Subscription Economy

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