By having more diversity within STEM fields, we can increase our scientific output, generate better technologies and understand more of the world around us.
A couple of months ago I agreed to do an interview as part of a new project highlighting women in STEM; discussing what challenges they face, how they were inspired to follow a scientific career and to share advice to women entering STEM fields.
The Broad Inquiry was started by Lauren Drogos, an AIHS Postdoctoral Scholar at University of Calgary, Canada. She initially voiced the idea on twitter, asking for volunteers to be profiled as a way for her to become excited about science in 2017. After much support and excitement from the STEM community, the project has become a bi-weekly profile of the amazing women in our scientific community.
Along with fellow site admin Debbie Yee, the project highlights not only the research of each of the individuals, but also the stories of how women move through their careers in STEM/academia.
The goal? To foster role-models for future women in STEM, to inform the public what the life of a female scientist is really like and to break-down the stereotypes surrounding scientific careers.
My views on diversity in STEM, in particular the championing on women, are ones which I’m never one to shy away from. I believe that STEM careers should be equally open to all, and that increasing diversity makes for better research.
I cannot express my admiration for projects like The Broad Inquiry enough. It is projects like this that will help to show women and under-represented groups of the future that a career in STEM is open to them, and that the support of thousands of women and men currently in STEM is there for them.
If you want to learn more about their project, check out their page!