It has been awhile since I posted an article, just over a year! Oops. This year has been quite the ride. Among other things, I had a full-time job as a technical writer for the first 8 months, which made it… a challenge to write in my freetime too. Then I moved several states to the beautiful Oregon Coast and started a great job working for a school district in STEM education. Living here has been a dream since I last visited during a field course as a university student.
I have always had a goal to write a science fiction novel. Since I am a female in science I have often faced sexism, so of course I want to make the protagonist of my science fiction novel a strong female. When thinking about the direction I want to take with my fiction writing, I researched amazing women in science nonfiction (i.e. real-life female scientists). From this research I decided to write an article here about real women in science who did groundbreaking work in the face of adversity.
It has been shown that women/girls tend to leave the world of science in their late preteen to early teen years (1). But science is cool and women are just as awesome at it as the male science pioneers that we learn about in school. So, over the next few weeks I will add new posts about various awesome women in science!
I was going to post all of the amazing women here in one article, but I will be honest, I am posting them separately so I can use the time to write a better story for each scientist.
Get ready to learn about 13 amazing scientists!
- American Association of University Women (AAUW). “The STEM Gap: Women and Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” (On-line) AAUW. Accessed 2023 at https://www.aauw.org/resources/research/the-stem-gap/