STEM girls, strong girls
Carolina (she/her/hers), 18, Texas
““No, but really, what do you want to be when you grow up?" My uncle kept asking me as I was deciding on my biochemistry major. In middle school, I didn't believe things were unfair and harder for women; I was just a child. As time passed, it became more obvious that our society is made from and to men.
The sad thing is that science is part of that society too. A few years ago, women started fighting for equality, but how can you change a 40-year-old man's Mexican mind?
It is hard, and it seems impossible, but in my case, I was lucky enough to have a mom in STEM that motivated me and has always told me, "Hear no man, Mija. You can do that and much more." So I did. My mom and female STEM teachers in high school were my main motivation, and my men STEM teachers were huge supporters of our ideas and dreams. I started believing in my abilities regarding science and math thanks to their daily support and impulse.
I don't know, uncle, maybe I won't be a biochemist. But I have had enough support and capacity for everything I've fought for all of my life, and I really know science chooses me every day as much as I do.”