I am absolutely in love with the #ShecanSTEM hashtag! 😍 All your wonderful stories bring me so much joy. According to many psychologists, children are basically little scientists. It breaks my heart that many simply grow out of that natural curiosity. Still, many of us (despite the odds stacked against us) retained that curiosity and I for one live for the feeling of exploring uncharted territory and discovering new things.
Going back to baby Maya (I was about 8 in that photo), she was always curious and asked tons of questions. Eventually she learned that not all adults had the answers she was searching for and with the advent, of dialup internet, googled and researched to her heart's content. She was also very into Dexter's laboratory. I remember learning what DNA was and it was in that moment that I fell in love with molecules. I went on to do well in chemistry and biology in high school and wanted to major in something that could get me into genetics and with a quick wikipedia search landed myself in biochemistry.
Would baby Maya be proud of me? I think so! I'm still as passionate as ever and get to do some pretty cool stuff although it's nothing like Dexter 😅
I think the thing that she would most be proud of would be how I got to work with x-ray crystallographers which is what our hero Rosalind Franklin specialized in. I may have specialized in proteins instead of DNA but proteins are way cooler 😁
I didn't have a lot of female scientist role models growing up with with all of our efforts I'm sure the next generation of #womeninstem and #womeninscience will have all of us to look up to 💕
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