Feministing Follow Friday: Women in STEM, Vol. I

Twitter, Feministing style

I’m thrilled to see a growing conversation about the gender disparity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). However, I worry sometimes that our focus on the lack of women accidentally erases the work of some BAMFs in the trenches. Here are five whose adventures and thoughts we love to follow:

  • Ainissa Ramirez (@ainissaramirez): Science Evangelist | Inspiring folks with #STEM | TED Speaker |#RandomHouse Author | Half of @NewtonsFootball | Science Pundit |http://amzn.to/17wrrEW 
  • Meg Urry (@Meg_Urry): Yale professor of physics, (soon) AAS President, keen on supermassive black holes, teaching, writing about science, increasing diversity, ++my family
  • DNLee (@DNLee5): Biologist & Hip-Hop Maven: Urban Ecology, Evolution, STEM Diversity, Science Outreach African Giant Pouched Rat behavior & natural history research.
  • Karen James (@kejames): Wearer of the following hats: scientist @mdibl (DNA barcoding/citizen sci), co-founder/director @beagleproject, outdoorswoman, astronaut hopeful, feminist, wool
  • Hermitage (@MeinHermitage): I’m a STEM graduate student and I make snarky commentary about lab servitude, which is not so bad because my lab is Super Awesomesauce.

You all provided a ton of great recommendations for this list (MAJOR thanks to DNLee, who managed to point me toward some great women while in the middle of a conference, just two days after a big White House ceremony honoring her), so we’ll be back with volume II next week. In the meantime, send us more ideas — and, of course, follow @feministing.


Alexandra Brodsky spends too much time on the internet.

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Alexandra Brodsky was a senior editor at Feministing.com. During her four years at the site, she wrote about gender violence, reproductive justice, and education equity and ran the site's book review column. She is now a Skadden Fellow at the National Women's Law Center and also serves as the Board Chair of Know Your IX, a national student-led movement to end gender violence, which she co-founded and previously co-directed. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she is the co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project: 57 Visions of a Wildly Better Future. She has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice at campuses across the country and on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, ESPN, and NPR.

Alexandra Brodsky was a senior editor at Feministing.com.

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