Thursday is International Women's day and we celebrate the many contributions women have made throughout the world, a mother's sacrifice is something to celebrate for a Memorial High School student.

"She raised me and my six siblings with her hard work, so I just want to make her proud," says Yulisa Alvarez, senior student at Memorial High School.

Her inspiration comes from the hard work of her mother Griselda, who raised her family on her own.

"Her hard work is paying off," Alvarez says.

She is one of the over a dozen young ladies from Memorial High School at Veolia on International Woman's day.

Veolia is an environmental services company specializing in the management and operations of water, energy and waste.

"There are a lot of things we go through being woman," says Juana Solomon, Junior at Memorial High School.

"For them to be able to celebrate us means a lot," Solomon says.

With a vision in mind, the group is now working hard to one day start a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field.

"STEM is predominately a male industry and sometimes I have to put my foot down to equate to male colleagues," says Chelsea Graves, Approvals & Receiving Supervisor at Veolia.

While woman make up almost half of the United States population, only 24% are part of the STEM workforce.

Alvarez's says her future accomplishment in being an engineer is an act of appreciation to her mother, who sacrificed everything to give her a better opportunity.

"I just want to thank her a lot for all the sacrifices she has done," Alvarez says.

"I really love her," She ends.