In anticipation, Erin Winick, intern at the Economist, shared with us why Emily Calandrelli is her female role model.
Emily is a role model of mine because I admire how she has been able to use her engineering background to communicate the importance of science to others. Growing up, my role models were science edutainers like Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Adam Savage, so I love seeing a woman begin to serve in a more prominent science role on television and in media. All of the work she has done to encourage young girls in science on television, in books and through speaking engagements inspired me to share my experience in engineering and continue to find new ways to serve as a role model for kids.
On August 26th, or in the days leading up, share a photo of your female role model with the hashtags #SeeHerBeHer and #WomensEqualityDay. Tag SWE and FIRST in your post so we can interact with you!
In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.
SWE and FIRST have a common goal to support diversity and inclusion in engineering, technology and all other disciplines, and supporting women is at the core of that focus. Both organizations are actively engaged in developing strategies and creating programs that empower women to reach their fullest potential. With the #SeeHerBeHer campaign for #WomensEqualityDay, we hope to create a conversation, to inspire sharing and to empower women to advance and succeed wherever and whenever they are!
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