Media Depictions of Women in STEM Series

In the US, the Former Obama Administration's White House Council on Women and Girls and The Office of Science and Technology Policy released a fact sheet dealing with current problems relating to STEM depiction in the media, as well as strategies for solving them. Unfortunately, many of the characters that have been deemed less worthy of screen time are women who are working and succeeding in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. The former administration sought to tackle this problem as a means to encourage future and current women and girls in STEM. This ongoing issue, and the former Adminstration's commitment to combatting this trend, inspired us here at WWEST to examine how fictional women in STEM are depicted in films and on television. Read on to see our takes below and view the White House fact sheet here.

Many of the characters that have been deemed less worthy of screen time are women who are working and succeeding in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics.  

In this special pride installment of the "Depictions of Women in STEM series" we profile Cosima Niehaus from the show Orphan Black and discuss how not only is she portayed as a woman in STEM but also as a member of the LGBT community in STEM.

In this installment of the "Depictions of Women in STEM series," we profile Dr. Ryan Stone from the movie Gravity and discuss how she is one of the most positive representations of a woman in STEM on screen.

 

In this installment, we examine the depiction of a recurring character on "The Big Bang Theory." Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler (portrayed by Mayim Bialik) was not introduced into the series until well into season three.

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In this installment of our "Depictions of Women in STEM" series, we focus on Patty Tolan of the 2016 film Ghostbusters.

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Portrayed by Gillian Anderson, a self-proclaimed feminist in her own right, Agent Dana Scully of "The X-Files" became an iconic fictional woman in STEM who has inspired people of all genders worldwide.