This phrase was coined by the writer, Marie Shear, in a column from the newsletter, “New Directions of Women”, in 1986. Feminism, at its core, is committed to fighting for the equal treatment of all oppressed and marginalized people- not just women. Women, as a whole, are continually fighting for equal treatment in numerous areas throughout society.
Specifically, our society sees great disparities in the representation of women in the STEM workforce- especially in the areas of engineering, computer science, and the physical sciences. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, “Women earned 57.3% of bachelor’s degrees in all fields in 2013 and 50.3% of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees. However, while women receive over half of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the biological sciences, they receive far fewer in the computer sciences (17.9%), engineering (19.3%), physical sciences (39%), and mathematics (43.1%).” Why do we see our girls and women excelling in science and math throughout their K-12 education and then suddenly see the numbers slump after graduation?
Unfortunately, girls just do not see a lot of female role models in STEM positions throughout their education. As a child, I can remember occupations like mathematicians and scientists being depicted as male roles. From a very early age, we’re conditioned to think of those occupations as male-only. It warps the minds of our girls into thinking there are not welcome in those realms- even if they’re talented and interested in them!
This became the basis and meaning behind my show. It is extremely important to encourage girls to be whoever they want to be- and realize when we are molding their minds to believe things about one gender over the other. The Future is Female aims to inspire all girls to be the best they can be and to inform them of the successful women of STEM that have come before them.
Author: Emily Vriesman
Author Bio: Emily Vriesman is a recent graduate from Xavier University. She is constantly striving to combine her love for art and design with her passion for social change. She envisions a world where children learn about people that do not look like them and where all people are advocated for and treated with respect and love. She uses art as a way to express her views of society in hopes of positively influencing those around her. Emily has a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Art Education.
Link to social media or website: http://emkatedesigns.myportfolio.com