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The End…or Just the Beginning?
By Amy Hyatt Fonseca
Susan Fonseca Lanham
It sounds like a fairy tale…
A website where anyone can learn about diverse, innovative women transforming our world — past, present, and future. The Pioneers and Trailblazers in STEM who deserve a place in our history books, textbooks, and conferences, but sometimes get omitted. Women who, despite various circumstances, lead boardrooms, c-suites, and labs around the globe. Often with little recognition for their endeavors.
These are our Role Models.
And no matter what some may say, they aren’t fairy tales.
One year ago, during Women’s History Month, Women@TheFrontier launched Game-Changer 365 (#GC365). A global Call-To-Action that asked the public to help us identify 365 women with bold ideas and a relentless pursuit to solve humanity’s most significant challenges.
Guess what? Because of your commitment, we did it. You introduced us to:
- Eunice Foote: An atmospheric researcher in 1856 who was the first scientist to outline the global greenhouse effect in her paper titled “Circumstances affecting the heat of the sun’s rays.”
- Wanda Diaz: An astronomer who, after losing her sight, developed a way to represent complex data about our universe as sound. In the process, she also made science more inclusive for those with differences.
- Annika Viswesh: A future biostatistician and 7th grader who developed a novel method to treat and manage amblyopia, a condition that affects 12 million children worldwide. By connecting sensors to an iPhone app and eye patch, Viswesh’s device produces an algorithm that suggests a personalized regimen.
And that’s only three women. There are 362 more YOU helped identify! Go on, click on our website and check out the first-ever Game-Changer Index that we sourced.
All of us.
But now we need your help again. To ensure this isn’t The End, share, like, love, retweet, or even send the link to that second-grade science teacher who inspired you to become awesome. Our GC365 index isn’t only a resource, but a means to honor women’s stories, discoveries, and ideas.
Because today is the day we stop wishing for fairy tales. Instead, we make them come true.