Finding Women STEM Role Models
According to a Microsoft research "girls who know a woman in a STEM profession are substantially more likely to feel empowered when they engage in STEM activities (61%) than those who don’t know a woman in a STEM profession (44%)."
As a parent, one of the ways we can encourage our daughters to pursue STEM is to introduce them to women role models who work in STEM or computer fields.
One of my favorite movies that prominently featured women in STEM is Hidden Figures. If you haven't seen this movie, it's definitely worth watching.
Hidden Figures "tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Jonson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial line and inspired generations."
Who's your STEM role model?