Hey there everyone. We hope you enjoyed our double feature two weeks ago. Today we are bringing you along to talk about women in STEM. It’s a topic near to our heart because after all we are women in STEM.
We cover a variety of topics in this episode, but a couple of events really spurred on our need to talk about this topic. First, there was the whole thing on Twitter about the Benefit makeup add. Here is one Twitter post that I think counters that add quite nicely.
🔬 YOU. 👏🏻 CAN. 👏🏼 WEAR. 👏🏽 MAKEUP. 👏🏾 AND. 👏🏿 STILL. 👏🏻 BE. 👏🏼 A. 👏🏽 NERD! 👏🏿 https://t.co/kG4jBPeJEI
— 🔬 Samantha Yammine (@SamanthaZY) July 10, 2017
This add really infuriates me because it makes it seem like young girls have to choose between if they want beauty or brains, when in reality you can have both. Weather or not you wear makeup should have no effect on school or how nerdy you are.
Second, this article came out and analyzes the experiences of women, with a focus of women of color, in the workplace. Some of their findings were shocking. For example, 40% of women of color reported feeling unsafe in their workplace. UNSAFE. That’s not uncomfortable or made to feel lesser in their abilities, but they felt threatened. What’s worse is these feelings often made women miss out of career building opportunities.
What Cari and I discuss during this episode is the importance of bringing together all groups when discussing these issues. While it’s important to have women and other minorities discuss their issues together, it’s also helpful to discuss these experiences with a broader group. After all, these issues not only bring down the people directly involved. If individuals feel unsafe within an environment they are more likely to leave that environment. This leads to less diversity within workplaces and fewer great minds working together to solve the world’s problems.
So let’s try to get together to concur these issues for women and minorities so that we can ultimately build a better more understanding world!
Here’s the second article we talked about.
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