This is part of a series of blogs from Noble campus representatives to give a deeper look at campus life.
This month, we’re celebrating Women’s History Month at ITW David Speer Academy and recognizing the many achievements that women in history have fought for and earned. We believe that shining a light on women in different fields shows other young girls that they too can achieve their dreams.
At Speer, we have two clubs that center around women empowerment and history.
G.I.R.L.S – Great Independent Responsible Ladies of STEM discusses women in STEM, inequalities in society towards women, and how to empower themselves as women to continue to be the catalyst for change in the future.
Girls Who Code helps teach girls computer and coding skills to equip them to find a job in STEM fields.
Both of these clubs have encouraged girls to learn about themselves, other women who came before them, and continue to push for equality for all women.
We had the privilege to speak with Serenity Harris, a senior and a member of the Girls Who Code club at Speer for the past four years, about her thoughts on Women’s History Month.
Check out what she had to say:
What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
I think Women’s History Month means that we learn more about the women who have impacted our society and fought for the rights I have today. Women have to face daily challenges such as sexism, inequality, gender pay gap, reproductive rights, and gender-based violence, just to name a few. Despite these struggles, women have still found the strength to keep pushing and breaking barriers in fields like STEM and many others. Their contributions deserve to be seen and acknowledged.
If you could highlight one woman and her contributions in STEM or history, who would it be and why?
Katherine Johnson was a NASA Space Scientist, who helped to calculate the orbital position and landing of America’s first human spaceflight mission. With the help of Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, they were able to make sure the spaceflight landed safely. Katherine was the first woman that was ever credited for her research on the mission. This shows that it is extremely important that women get acknowledged for their contributions just as much as men do.