Powerful Women in STEM
Currently, only 24% of STEM jobs are held by women. Female STEM role models play an important part in empowering girls to pursue a career in tech.
Here are 5 amazing women who are making a big difference in STEM:
1. Sabrina London
At only 15 years old, London founded STEM You Can! She started the program because she was one of only 4 girls in her honors chemistry class. She created a girl’s science camp to encourage students to get excited about STEM.
Now the organization runs 60 summer camps in 15 states for young women interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. Participants get to work on fun experiments based off of topics such as global warming and outer space.
2. Cassidy Williams
Williams became interested in coding in middle school after her neighbor taught her how to create a website. She went on to excel at Iowa State University in computer programming. She has won many hackathons across the country.
She now works at Amazon as the head of Developer Voice Programs on projects like Alexa. Williams hopes that her work will inspire young females everywhere interested in STEM.
3. Samantha John
After studying engineering at Columbia University, John developed a passion for coding. She then went on to co-found Hopscotch, and app that teaches children to code. She designed Hopscotch as a way to encourage both male and female students to get involved with coding from a young age.
4. Pooja Chandrashekar
Even as a high schooler, Chandrashekar saw the need for more girls to get involved with STEM learning. So, as a sophomore she founded ProjectCSGIRLS. The organization holds computer science competitions for middle school girls.
ProjectCSGIRLS is an international organization, empowering females in 40 states and 5 countries. Chandrashekar wants girls to see that they can make a large social impact with a career in technology.
5. Sasha Ariel Alston
Alston first got involved with coding in high school. After completing her internships including one at Microsoft, she noticed that there were very few women, especially women of color, that were pursuing careers in STEM.
She wanted to be a strong role model for young women, so she wrote and self-published a children’s book called Sasha Savvy Loves to Code. Alston hopes that her book will show girls that coding is a fun and worthwhile endeavor.
Story via Huffington Post