Updated: Nov 17, 2020
The gender gap has slowly eroded in the world of business. Women today are willing and capable of achieving anything they set their mind to, many industries having more female representation than ever before. However, STEM careers in science, technology, engineering, and math are still held predominantly by men, with women only representing 28% of the workforce (AAUW).
Dianna Cowern, more famously known as "Physics Girl", believes that the key to closing the gender gap is to encourage young girls to take an interest in math, science, and technology. In that way, the women of the future will not be discouraged by their lack of representation or influenced by the stigmas that have held girls back from entering the field.
After graduating from MIT in 2011 and finishing her research-fellowship with Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cowen began her career as outreach coordinator at University of California at San Diego's Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences. Her main goal was to make science more accessible to girls.
Later on, as an App Developer for General Electric, Cowern began making Youtube Videos online which explored scientific topics and questions. Shortly, her videos caught fire with the online community, and she has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people through her bubbly personality and logical expertise.
She eventually partnered with PBS Digital Studios to create an online video channel called "Physics Girl", and has branched off on her own since her partnership ended earlier this year (2020). Today, she has 1.7 Million Youtube Subscribers and has helped to inspire a generation of young women to pursue education and careers in STEM related fields.