Representation Matters: Shuri from “Black Panther”
Black Panther has been getting a lot of buzz for various reasons, but one that is less spoken of is the importance of Shuri’s character. T’Challa’s little sister is the true hero and it’s all because of her involvement in STEM. Black women are very rarely represented in media in this way and this is one of the reasons why her character is so important.
This is important because while Black Panther has already been touted as a source of inspiration — even Michelle Obama weighed in to note as much — it presents an especially strong role model for young black women who are interested in STEM. In the technologically advanced world of Wakanda, it isn’t a man who is behind the kingdom’s latest innovations, it’s the hero T’Challa’s younger sister, Shuri…
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