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.

New Haven, CT

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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