DOES HAZEL'S THEORY OF EVOLUTION MEET THE GOALS SET OUT BY THE WHITE HOUSE FOR BETTER REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN STEM FIELDS?
The former Obama Administration's White House fact sheet lists 3 goals for fictional representation of women in STEM. We are noticing a trend in the movies and television shows we have reviewed - they meet some of the following goals better than others.
1. Include diverse STEM role models (past and present): There isn't really any one in STEM in the book other than Hazel. She has strong women figures in her life but not strong STEM role models. This book does not reach this goal.
2. Highlight the breadth of STEM careers and social impacts: The book has a bit of biology in it, because that's Hazel's interest. This book did not meet this goal.
3. Debunk STEM stigmas and misconceptions: This book does show that science can be cool from a young age. Hazel's big thing is misunderstood creatures, which destigmatizes them. This book does meet this goal.