29 Groundbreaking Women In STEM

When I was a little girl growing up in Michigan, my parent’s garage was my study, the swamp down the street was my amusement park, and the lagoon in my backyard was my basin of fun and adventure.  I was the only girl in my neighborhood, so helping my dad, now a retired electrical engineer, fix things in the garage was status quo. I didn’t think of myself as a tomboy. I just loved learning about how things worked. I thrived off of collecting and studying tadpoles, walking sticks, frogs, and other interesting creatures that lived in the swamp. I read countless books about the moon and the Milky Way, and my favorite animal was the Brontosaurus. When I was nine years old, my parents enrolled me in a class held at the community college for kids who loved science. It was a pool of endless colors and pure bliss.

By the time I became an adolescent, my interest in science declined. Somewhere along the way I was told, “girls aren’t good at science and math. They’re only good at english and subjects that fall under the humanities.” It wasn’t until my late 20s that I started taking an interest in science again. It wasn’t until adulthood that I started appreciating how much physics, math, engineering (all the subjects that bored me to tears in high school) keep the world turning and evolving,

I know I’m not the only female to experience the shift of pro-science to no-science during adolescence. It’s a huge problem in American society—one that is jeopardizing our country’s prosperity, health and competitive edge. That’s why STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) should be everyone’s favorite acronyms now and every day after. That’s why new school models, such as New York City’s Quest to Learn and the Santa Monica-based PlayMaker school are garnering attention. And, that’s why big brands like L’Oreal are promoting women in STEM.

Working to combat the shortage of females in the sciences, the cosmetics giant recently launched the platform For Girls in Science, a place for young women to experiment with science and meet other girls with similar interests. If you’re ever looking for a dose of beauty and inspiration, check out the site’s Women in STEM section. The luminaries featured here have pushed boundaries and explored the impossible and made it possible. They are heroes who have made it their life’s work to benefit humanity. They have paved the way for young girls across the U.S. to reinvent the future. I’m in awe of their tenacity and strength.

 

 

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