I’m including this addendum to my post of the “Women in STEM” graphic I created to sell as a print at Anime Boston’s Artists’ Alley, because there are comments popping up of “why didn’t you include so-and-so,” etc. Here is how I decided who to include:
1. I put together an initial list of STEM ladies, going off the top of my head and some cursory Googling. This first list had over 100 women on it. Obviously, I can’t do a poster with 100 women on it, since I am busy with work and also have to sleep and eat, so I had to pare down the list.
2. The majority of the list was white women, so I started by striking off most of them. As all the proceeds from my Artists’ Alley sales will be donated to Black Girls Code, it didn’t make sense for a print benefitting an organization dedicated to diversifying STEM fields to be made up of mostly cisgender white women. Women are definitely underrepresented in STEM fields, but women of color even less so, and being a WOC in STEM comes with its own set of challenges and prejudices.
3. After paring down the list, I went back and looked for any holes to fill, making sure I had a good mix of varying racial and ethnic identities, gender identities, time periods, known and not-well-known names, and STEM fields. (I do admit, however, I included more space exploration/astronomy stuff because I love NASA.) Cue even more research and Wikipedia-ing.
4. The research/editing process continued until I felt I had a good selection of STEM women for the poster. Then I drew 24 women and colored them in Illustrator and then I passed out.
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.