Women’s History Month: Feminism and Science

Continuing my series on Women’s History Month, this week’s focus will be on science!

Feminism has proved that the next big thing in science could be discovered by a woman!


Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men. And STEM careers offer women the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of discovery and technological innovation. Increasing opportunities for women in these fields is an important step towards realizing greater economic success and equality for women across the board. (whitehouse.gov)

The Obama administration have been urging women to pursue STEM careers and opportunities.  They believe that women are underrepresented in these fields, therefore we lack diversity and the tremendous capabilities women would have to offer.  “One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.”  — President Barack Obama, February 2013

Having gender/sex equality in any field is important, but the STEM careers are crucial for the development and advancement of our country.  We need women in these fields!

Next week, on March 28th, is Science Fest at Randolph College.  In light of this event, I will be interviewing Dr. Sarah Sojka, a Professor of Environmental Studies and Physics at Randolph College.  Sojka received her undergraduate degree from Eckerd College in Environmental Studies-Public Policy and obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.  Are there any questions you want me to ask her?  Is there any information you would like to hear about from her perspective as a woman in science?  Anything you would like me to discuss in our interview, please comment below!


Randolph College Science Festival


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