Carley Dumaresq, Head of Journalism

“I am a woman in STEM,” although these are usually the famous last words right before a Chemistry test, it is also a movement that started on TikTok to encourage more girls to pursue a career in the sciences. As ashamed as I am, I will admit that initially, I thought this was one of Saint E’s inside jokes as a way to deal with the pressures of studying. After doing some research of my own (scrolling through TikTok), I realized that the goal of this hashtag just was not created for a “good laugh” but to inspire and bring awareness to the fields where we need more women to get involved. In Hidden Figures, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson are three phenomenal and brilliant African-American women at NASA who are the masterminds behind history’s most notable and complex operations: astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit. However, this takeoff was not only executed by Glenn “on stage” (as he was the first American to orbit Earth) but also by these exceptional female mathematicians that worked behind the scenes to turn the Space Race around and give the nation hope. As Doctor Maya Angelou would say, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson were truly, “Phenomenal [Women] Woman.” The stars of their life were always in reach as they promoted strong ideals of feminism and acted as an inspiration to girls worldwide, including me, and these women are the reason why I am proud to say, “I want to become a woman in STEM.”