Often found far and between workplaces, women have made tremendous strides in STEM. Of Catherine Johnson at Marie Curie, there’s huge support that women can do whatever they want. Over the decades, the media portrayal of women in STEM in film and television has increased dramatically, but there is still room for more.
Historically, STEM subjects have not been offered to as many women as men, and in Orthodox culture, women were not encouraged to pursue STEM careers as much as their male counterparts. There is scientific evidence that women are more likely to pursue careers, as demonstrated by the movies and TV shows they watch, an essential fact for modern TV screenwriters and producers to consider.
‘The Big Bang Theory’
The first seasons of The Big Bang Theory were laced with sexist jokes and the entire plot revolved around four high-IQ male scientists and their resourceful neighbor. The later seasons, however, featured Amy Farrah Fowler (Maim Bialik), a neurobiologist just as brilliant as the protagonist Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parson). Some fan theories even suggest that Amy was smarter than Sheldon.
The icing on the cake was that Amy was played by Maim Bialik, an actress with a doctorate. in neuroscience. Her character is still loved and continues to inspire millions of women.
“The X Files”
American science fiction drama series, X files has become an iconic television series around the world. One of the show’s most important characters, Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), is considered one of the most inspiring fictional women on television, inspiring women to pursue careers in STEM. The impact of his inspiration was so enormous that it became known as the “Scully Effect”. This classic revolves around X-files: marginalized and unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena, allowing Detective Scully to use his expertise.
Although the show was canceled after 9 seasons due to many reasons, it continues to empower women around the world.
“Stop and Catch Fire”
Although still under the radar, Stop and catch fire is one of the most amazing TV series. With Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna Clark (Kerry Bishe), the story is set in the 80s and 90s, during the personal computing revolution and the development of the World Wide Web. Cameron is a programming genius and video game designer, while Donna is a computer engineer and businesswoman. The women are collaborating on revolutionary software that acts as a platform for online gaming, shopping, and a social network, all combined into one.
Although women often encounter criticism and sexism in the tech industry, they refuse to give up on their dreams, proving to be an inspiration to many women who want to pursue careers in STEM.
In this Silicon Valley drama, Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy) gains the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of others in the form of popular songs after an MRI incident. She is a programmer and engineering manager at a technology company that develops smartphones and apps. In one of the episodes, Zoey is found listening to her black colleague Simon (John Clarence Stewart) as he airs his feelings about the company’s lack of racial diversity, a real problem emerging in the tech industry.
Although comical and very fictional, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist features real-world issues and Zoey’s passion for her profession motivates women to pursue careers in STEM.
With Nomi Marks (Jamie Clayton), Sense8 is a story that has inspired thousands of people around the world. Nomi is one of the senates, eight people born on the same day who are mentally and physically linked to each other. She’s a professional hacker and political blogger. Nomi calls himself a hacktivist. Although a lot of details about what she does weren’t provided on the show, there’s no doubt that she’s amazing when it comes to hacking.
Portrayed by Clayton, Nomi is a trans lesbian in STEM: what makes her impact on audiences even more profound is her portrayal by Jamie, a trans woman herself.
The producers of Bones took many risks with their plots and cast, reaching places other shows were afraid to go. One of the show’s two leads was Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emilie Deschanel). She has three doctorates in anthropology, forensic anthropology, and kinesiology and is the senior forensic anthropologist in the forensic laboratory at the Jeffersonian Institute (a fictionalized version of the Smithsonian Institute). Additionally, the forensic anthropologist is also a successful novelist. Bones is based on the real-life forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs.
In addition to the Scully effect, Bones has had its own effect known as the Jeffersonian Effect, which has inspired countless women to pursue careers in STEM.
black orphan revolves around a human cloning experiment where Tatiana Maslany plays multiple clones who discover each other’s existence and work together to figure out their origins. The lead scientist on the case is Cosima, and his girlfriend and fellow scientist, Delphine (Evelyne Brochu). Working with Cosima’s “sisters” (or sestras), they reveal a far more surreptitious operation than any of them ever imagined.
While the thriller keeps you hooked in the seat for many reasons, its characterization and the portrayals of its excellent actors play a big part in its success.
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