If I say the word “scientist” to you – what are the first images that come to your mind? Male? Wearing a white coat? Caucasian perhaps? A little nerdy? Now try this:
- Go to http://www.google.com
- Type the word “scientist” into the search bar
- Click the images tab
What do you see? Well what do you know…? …..A page filled with images, mostly of white males wearing lab coats, some wearing the obligatory glasses and some even have the stereotypical “crazy scientist” hair and beards.
Not very inspiring if you are a young female, from any ethnic minority group, thinking of pursuing a STEM career and looking for a role model, is it? Continue reading