I’ve decided to be defiant and start a movement I’m calling the STEMinista Revolution!
What is a STEMinista?
Let me give it to you in a formula:
- STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
- Fashionista = a devoted follower of fashion
- Feminist = a believer that women can do it all
STEM + Fashionista + Feminist = STEMinista!
A STEMinista is a woman with a STEM career that is devoted to rocking it in all areas of her life – career, mother, wife – even self-care!
Why a Revolution?
I decided to take this revolutionary step (see what I did there?) because women are still struggling too much in the tech professions and something has to change.
When I started my engineering career, women were just entering the tech professions. I wasn’t a pioneer by any means, but the number of females pursuing tech degrees was pretty low. In my freshman class at (now) Kettering University, there were 24 girls and 124 guys.
Because this was the first wave of women entering the tech workforce, I expected that I wouldn’t find many (or any) women in senior positions to use as role models. I was right.
Flash forward 25 years, and the numbers are still pretty dismal.
My excuse was that it takes time for women to work their way through the system and gain experience to become senior tech professionals and leaders. Well, they’ve had the time and they’ve gotten the experience. After two and a half decades, that excuse doesn’t hold water anymore.
What is happening to the women?
I’ve been studying that question and interviewing a lot of women to find an answer.
You guessed it…there isn’t AN answer. It’s complicated.
The bottom line is that women are buckling under the pressure of career, family (spouse and children mostly) and trying to take care of themselves so they can juggle the rest of it.
Enter the STEMinista Revolution. It isn’t just for the women who have it all together already (although, God Bless You if you exist!). It’s for the women who don’t want to throw in the towel just yet on any aspect of their life.
We are all on a journey that we call our life. Hopefully, we don’t know when that journey will end. So why not make the effort to have
- a great STEM career,
- a loving relationship with darling hubby,
- great kids who are well-suited to thrive in this society, and
- enough vitality to enjoy your life?
That’s what being a STEMinista is all about.
My vision is pretty simple. I want a changed landscape in the tech professions, where women are in senior positions and ROCKIN‘ it in all aspects of their life!
How am I going to make my vision a reality?
By banding STEMinistas together to support, encourage, and educate each other, so no one gives up.
So, will you join me in the revolution?