Girls’ Day: Paving the Way for Young Women in the Workplace

Could the next generation of pulp industry specialists and leaders be sitting in a German classroom right now? Mercer Stendal believes it’s possible! That’s why we’re proud to participate in Girls’ Day (Mädchen-Zukunftstag) on April 25th, 2024. This initiative helps girls break down barriers and imagine themselves in exciting careers within our industry.

Girls’ Day offers a unique chance to go beyond the classroom and experience the pulp industry firsthand. Participants will engage in hands-on activities,, and gain real-world insights into the dynamic world of pulp production. We’ll open doors to careers in STEM, skilled trades, and beyond, sparking new interests and helping girls envision a future filled with possibilities.

Breaking Down Barriers

Did you know that globally, women make up less than a third of the workforce in STEM fields? In Germany, the numbers are even lower in certain tech sectors. These statistics highlight a problem – girls around the world often don’t see themselves reflected in technical and industrial careers.

Too often, girls are steered towards certain career paths based on outdated expectations. Girls’ Day actively challenges these stereotypes by showing girls the amazing things women achieve and at Mercer Stendal, it’s all about pulp production. Seeing female role models helps girls break down mental barriers and imagine themselves succeeding in their chosen profession.

Girls’ Day isn’t just about individual girls; it’s about shaping the future of Germany’s workforce. By encouraging young women to enter traditionally male-dominated fields like ours, we create a more diverse and innovative workplace. This benefits everyone, fostering a stronger economy and driving progress throughout the nation.


How Girls’ Day at Mercer Stendal Works

Imagine stepping through the doors of our bustling pulp mill, ready to embark on an adventure of discovery. A Girls’ Day journey starts with a guided tour, revealing the inner workings of a modern, technology-driven kraft pulp mill. From the arrival of raw materials to the creation of finished pulp wrapped and ready for transport, our young women will witness firsthand how science, technology, and skilled craftsmanship come together.

But this isn’t just about watching; it’s about doing. We will invite our guests to get ready for interesting hands-on activities! They will learn more about the processes that turn wood into pulp, learning about quality control measures, or even trying out some of the tools our skilled trades professionals use.

Throughout their day, they will have the chance to connect with many incredible women of Mercer Stendal in professions and roles who work to shape the future of our company. This is their opportunity to ask questions, hear inspiring stories, and see themselves reflected in the faces of the women on our teams. Through open conversations, the Girl’s Day participants will discover how these women discovered their passion for the pulp industry, the challenges they’ve overcome, and the advice they have for girls ready to take on the world without barriers to their initiative and ambitions.

Girls’ Day has become a significant force in Germany, fostering confidence in young women and empowering them to make informed choices about their futures. Exposing girls to a wider range of possibilities and showing them successful women in various fields helps break down gender stereotypes and pave the way for a more inclusive work environment.

As Germany navigates the complexities of a rapidly evolving job market, it’s vital to continue encouraging young women to explore their full potential. Initiatives like Girls’ Day are integral to ensuring a future where women are equally represented in all professions, driving progress and innovation nationwide.

We look forward to hosting this next generation of women who will continue the legacy of skills and abilities making a difference in the world of Mercer.