Science Appreciation Day: Black Girls In STEM To Know

Black women continue to bring unique perspectives and insights to science

The importance of Black women in STEM cannot be overstated. They have continued to play a pivotal role in the industry throughout the years, from Dr. Mae Jemison becoming the first Black woman to travel in space to Dr. Marie Maynard Daly making history as the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry in the United States. Despite facing systemic barriers, many Black women have made groundbreaking contributions to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Their presence and achievements bring new perspectives and inspire future generations. Black women bring unique viewpoints and insights to scientific research and technological development that continue to live on through Millennials and Gen Z’ers. Check out the next class of Black women in STEM who continue to show off their expertise by fostering an environment where Black women feel valued and supported in the industry,

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Alena Analeigh McQuarter

Alena continues to disrupt STEM by focusing on the importance of Black girls in the field. At only 15 years old, she secured her degree in Biological science. Now, as she continues to elevate in her career, she is determined to be a voice for young girls worldwide so that they can break barriers and make waves in these spaces.

Korie Grayson

Dr. Korie Grayson is a chemist, biomedical engineer, and STEM diversity advocate. She continues to fight to increase the number of underrepresented groups in STEM by illustrating that representation matters through storytelling, public speaking, and social media.

Camille Smith

Camille Smith works full-time as a chemical engineer but also curates networking experiences for other young women in STEM to build community within the industry and serve as a safe space for the next generation looking to break into STEM.


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Naia Butler-Craig

As an Aerospace Engineer, Naia is breaking barriers for women interested in space exploration and science. With a goal of becoming a specialist astronaut, she continues to set the bar high with major accomplishments, from extensive research to her multiple degrees.

Cece Cuttino

As a Cybersecurity professional, Cuttino uses her social media presence to educate those curious about what it means to be in the field. From salary to day-to-day experience, she curated her own lane to showcase Black women in the Cybersecurity industry.

About the Author: Kenyatta Victoria is the lead writer for Essence GU, working on all things pop culture, politics, entertainment and business. Throughout her time at GU, she’s garnered devoted readers and specializes in the Zillennial point of view.

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