Are You a Steminist ?

It’s well-known that STEM industries and fields are having trouble attracting women to their ranks. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics have long since been since as male-dominated fields, where women play the lab assistant rather than making the breakthroughs. At JunkBot, we resent these ideas — and want to encourage more girls and young women to acquire a relevant and engaging STEM education. We’ve put together a list of famous women, pioneers in STEM, who can inspire the next generation. ‘STEMinists’ unite!

Ada Lovelace

Renowned as the world’s first every computer programmer — centuries before any men got around to it! Ms Lovelace worked on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, thought to be the very first personal computer. She created the world’s first algorithm, and the first ever computer program — not bad for a woman in the 1800s!

Shirley Ann Jackson

Children will understand recycling better if they can see the effects that discarded waste has on the environment. The local park is a great place to do this — point out trash on the floor and explain how it can have a negative effect on the wildlife. Squirrels could be injured by treating to eat trash, while birds can become stuck or tangled in discarded items. Seeing the effects in real life can be a powerful lesson for kids.

Marissa Mayer

Former engineer at Google and now CEO of Yahoo!, Marissa has paved the way for women in the upper echelons of STEM. She started out writing basic code and developing Google’s search offerings, and her rise through the ranks saw her poached by Yahoo! in 2012, to become their CEO and President. She famously said, “I’m a geek, I like to code. I even like to use spreadsheets when I cook.” A true STEMinist!.

Marie Curie

One of the most famous scientists of all time, Marie Curie spent much of her career developing ways to separate radium from radiation. Her pioneering work led to many of today’s cutting-edge medical practices, including chemotherapy. She was awarded various accolades, including two Nobel Prizes for her work in physics and chemistry. Unfortunately, she went on to die as a result of the radiation she frequently worked with — but her findings have changed the world and saved countless lives.

Sally Ride

This female scientist was the first American woman to enter space. With various graduate degrees in physics under her belt, Dr Ride was selected by NASA back in 1978, and after extensive training and evaluation, she was eligible for a space mission. Her first flight took place in 1983, and she has performed in various other missions since. .

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