Re.engineer Magazine - Spring 2022

MEET THE ROLE MODELS WHO ARE INSPIRING MORE GIRLS INTO STEM FIELDS by Paula Garcia Todd

The AAAS IF / THEN ® Ambassador program , managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science , brings together 125 women from a variety of science , technology , engineering , and mathematics careers to serve as high - profile role models for middle school girls . These STEM professionals use their skills in many fields – including research and development , sports and recreation , finance , fashion , gaming , engineering and manufacturing , entertainment , healthcare , retail , music , and more . IF / THEN ® is part of Lyda Hill Philanthropies ’ commitment to fund game - changing advancements in science and nature . IF / THEN ® seeks to further advance women in STEM by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers . Rooted in a firm belief that there is no better time to highlight positive and successful female professional role models , IF / THEN ® is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers by : ( 1 ) funding and elevating women in STEM as role models , ( 2 ) convening

cross - sector partners in entertainment , fashion , sports , business and academia to illuminate the importance of STEM everywhere , and ( 3 ) inspiring girls with better portrayals of women in STEM through media and learning experiences to pique their interest in STEM careers . The ambassadors are involved in various outreach programs throughout the country ; you can find them in classrooms and museums across the country . In March 2022 , they were featured in an exhibit featuring 3D printed real - life statues of themselves at various Smithsonian museums in Washington DC , in honor of Women ’ s History Month – or better yet , Women ’ s Futures Month . After learning that in the top 10 US cities there are only 6 statues of real - life women found in public spaces , IF / THEN ® decided to create an exhibit highlighting the greatest number of women displayed at one time ever – and they are all women in STEM ! Here we highlight just a handful of women making a difference in their fields and in STEM outreach and education .

Click on each of the role model's headshot to read more about their contributions to STEM.

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