Say bye to your 12-year-old classroom decor.
Growing up, we’ve been taught about important men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM for short. We know Newton, Tesla, Darwin, and Da Vinci based on the many posters in our grade school classrooms. The only woman who was probably pushed to the forefront was Marie Curie for winning the Nobel Prize for Physics by contributing to research on radioactivity.
While women in STEM are still struggling to break the glass barrier, we’ve been seeing significant progress. In the Philippines, 52% of those working in the STEM industry are women, making us the most female-friendly country in Asia, at least in those four fields. The Department of Education also holds National Science and Technology Fairs to promote innovation and creativity among younger students. This is all good progress but there is still a lot to be done, especially worldwide. We need as many brains as we can to find solutions to save the Earth. One’s gender or color shouldn’t be a factor in qualifying in such professions. With Hidden Figures (our dream girl gang, tbh) hitting the big screen and other inspiring initiatives to promote women in tech, it’s time to extend these changes to our local classrooms.
For International Women’s day, we made updated posters of notable women in STEM. Included in the list are Sally Ride, the first known LGBT astronaut; Maryam Mirzakhani, mathematician and the first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal (the most prestigious medal in the field of mathematics); Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu, a.k.a. the First Lady of Physics and a champion of gender equality in STEM fields; Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and overall girlboss; and Diane Eustaquio of Ideaspace alongside Minette Navarrete of Kickstart, both leaders in the local business development fields in technology.
Print ’em out, and stick them on your walls. Don’t let HIStory stop you from making your coding dreams possible.