15 Black Women Who Are Paving The Way In STEM And Breaking Barriers
After Hidden Figures hit movie theatres in late 2016, conversations about the real-life Black women featured in the Oscar-nominated film bubbled over.
Yet we questioned why it took so long for the story of these STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) slayers to make it to the big screen.
“There is significant underrepresentation,” says Nicole M. Joseph, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and the author of the upcoming book Mathematizing Feminism: Black Girls’ and Women’s Experiences in the P-20 Mathematics Pipelines. “We need to disrupt our own negative experiences that we had in school around mathematics…. We need to tell our girls that they can do math.”