As a former college admissions officer, I know firsthand what the lack of women in STEM really looks like: not enough college applications from young women interested in engineering and the hard sciences, and a huge disparity between opportunities for young women to explore and experiment with STEM and those available to their male counterparts. Being a part of Rosie Riveters lets me work to change this; by providing the latter, we’ll eventually fix the former!
My journey to STEM has been a circuitous one. Before reading piles of college applications, I earned my PhD in American Art History and taught undergraduate art history courses. The engineering students were often my favorite because they always had the coolest interpretations of how art was actually made (I hope none of my former students are reading this - I loved you all for different reasons, I promise!). My little girl, who loves magna tiles, legos, and digging for worms while wearing a tutu, is another reason I’m inspired to see the world with a scientist’s eyes. My hope is that when future college admissions officers read her application, as well as those of all her friends, they won’t see such a huge difference between young men and women that are interested in STEM. Instead, they’ll just see a bunch of amazingly interesting future engineers.