This picture of me represents pure happiness and joy after accomplishing a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft–it represents something greater that truly aligns with my passion. When I discovered my passion for STEM, I also discovered my voice for protest. Femiscience has been a means for me to develop my voice from my own personal experience to advocate for women.

As a girl, I am aware that I will have to face many disappointments and disadvantages that my male counterparts could never fathom having to encounter. There is a certain stigma associated with women in STEM that can even be seen in my school environment. This stigma is unacceptable–we have to protest.

Protest is not just about storming government and university buildings, but also the quiet moments teaching little girls how to solve long division, for instance something I did today. I want to change the world. I want to leave it better than it was left for me, and this can only be accomplished if we all work together to create as many quiet and loud protests as we possibly can. Changing one life can lead to infinite possibilities for many–one single protest from one person can be the catalyst for change in STEM for women.

We all have the strength, patience, and passion inside of us to reach for the stars and change the world. Now is the time to start.

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