Supporting Women Through College to Achieve Their Ultimate Goals

Working with three generations Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z

Dr. Barbara Christie
Modern Women

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I grew up loving science. My own love of all thing’s science was critical for me to be able to encourage and engage my students. Teachers are cheerleaders for their subject matter content.

Little did I know that my career would shift from a life science cheerleader to an evangelist for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. After eleven years teaching in K-12, community colleges and four-year universities, I applied and was accepted as the new program director of the Program for the Retention of Engineering and Science Students (PRESS).

In 1999, programs began to appear in colleges and universities across the US with the mission to increase the pipeline of women and underrepresented minorities going to college to study STEM topics and going onto STEM careers.

My initial clients were Gen Xers’ born between 1965–1980. Women only represented 20% of the engineers and physical scientists. In the life sciences the ratio of men to women was equal. I knew I had my work cut out for me to improve the gender gap. Following the advice of experts like Dr. Shirley M. Malcom, Dr. John Slaughter, and Dr. Elaine Seymour was important.

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Dr. Barbara Christie
Modern Women

Science Educator, Community Outreach Advocate, Nature Loving Birder & Children's Book Author.