About a month ago I participated in a twitter chat #AAWiSTEM about empowering African-American Women in STEM with The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). After this conversation it made me think about last summer when I read the American Association of University Women (AAUW) “Why so Few?“. If you have not read it please check it out.
As an African-American woman in STEM sometimes I feel like I am a member of a small group. When I feel like this I remember that there are so many resources and other women in STEM out there like me. If you cannot find them look in your community, schools, at work and I know that you will find someone who can lend a helping hand. You may even find a mentor. In regards to the question, “Why so Few?”, I believe we cannot answer this question until things change. If we want to make a change we have to get out there, be a mentor to young girls and continue to spread STEM awareness.
In honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month (which is in March) I decided to share my reflections as an African-American Woman in STEM. In my previous post, I talked about Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb who is an African-American research scientist (Cell Biologist/ Cell Physiologist) that made a great contribution to cancer research. At the time she entered graduate school there were few African-American women in STEM. Today we are still battling with why there are few African-American women in STEM. How can we increase these numbers? How can we increase the amount of African-American women in STEM that pursue higher education? Continue reading