I started this line of jewelry to bring attention to some of history’s fascinating women of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) who often go unnoticed. As a huge history nerd, part of my motivation for this series was so I could have an excuse to read about these fascinating ladies.
In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in STEM fields, but when choosing a college major, just 0.3% of high school girls select computer science. They now represent 12% of all computer science graduates, but in 1984, they represented 37%. In a room full of 25 engineers, only 3 will be women. These fields are about problem solving, and that is best accomplished by having a diverse group on people working on those problems.
For each necklace that is purchased, a $5 USD donation in the buyer’s name will be made to the non-profit Girls Who Code, which aims to reach gender parity in computing fields by exposing middle school aged girls to programming.