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Women Who Watched “The X-Files” Pursued More Careers In STEM #MakerEducation

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It’s called the “The Scully Effect”.

Via Fast Company.

When The X-Files premiered in 1993, FBI agent and medical doctor Dana Scully was unlike any other woman on television. Scully, played by Gillian Anderson, was equal to, and not just the sidekick of, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny). She was sharp, resilient, fiercely intelligent, and working a career that most women hadn’t seen themselves in onscreen.

21st Century Fox reached out to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to conduct a survey to see if women who watched The X-Files were more likely to pursue careers in STEM: the short answer was a resounding “yes.”

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