Jane Fonda rallied on, Nancy Pelosi sounded off—and women journalists, suffragists and astronauts made history.
Women have entered medical school in nearly equal numbers to men for the last 20 years, with women under the age of 35 accounting for 60 percent of physicians in this country. These numbers sound promising, but the numbers do not tell the whole story.
“The fact that Mozilla exists as an independent organization, a non-profit organization, is because there were other people, and they had to be men, around who were willing to bridge that gap between me as the leader of Mozilla and this man who refused to talk to a woman who knew what her organization needed and was determined to get.”
“Imaging Women in the Space Age,” now on view at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, showcases the remarkable achievements of female astronauts and scientists—and also highlights how the idea of women in space has long fascinated filmmakers, television writers, advertisers and fashion designers.
“I never became Gates. I had no voice about the technology I was building. I would do something that was really quite noteworthy, but there was nowhere to publish about it. You could get paid for it, but there was no way to say, ‘You won’t believe what I just did!’ The only way to get it was to go back to school.”
During summer vacation, STEM still matters. How can we keep young girls and women interested in technology and the most lucrative jobs that will define our future?
In a noisy robotics workshop where girls in goggles belted Hamilton numbers and screwed metal pieces together with specialized tools, Langley Turcsanyi constructs a circuit board on the prototype for a robot that will be finished by her electrical crew for their next competition season this spring.
The day after the 2016 election, Genevieve Thiers organized an impromptu event in her living room, inviting activists and tech leaders to come together and talk about what to do next. That was how NewFounders started.
More than 100 high school girls took over the labs at Sacramento State University this April to experiment with magnets, play with static electricity, smash concrete, pull metal and get a taste of computer programming.
“I think that black scientists are thought of as mythological Afrofuturist beings. And it may be that we’re Afrofuturists, but we’re not mythological.”