Before appearing onstage for the Askwith Forum at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Feb. 17, Stephanie Wilson ’88, a NASA astronaut, spoke with the EdCast about the importance of education based in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for women.
Wilson had the opportunity to speak directly to her target audience as 9-year-old Grace Laplante guest co-hosted with Matt Weber for the online broadcast. She discussed her aspirations as a student, her career as an astronaut, and the need for women of all ages to get more involved in STEM-related fields of work and study. Wilson also acknowledged the lack of media representation for female role models, stating that “it’s hard, I think, for young girls to see strong female roles in STEM in the media on a regular and consistent basis.”
Though she agrees that there is much work to be done, Wilson remained positive about the future prospect of women pursuing careers in STEM fields.
“There are many opportunities for careers working for several companies and now that there are lots of international technologies, it’s very important for women to be part of international technology decisions,” said Wilson. “I think that there are wonderful opportunities in STEM and that girls should really try it out and see if they like it.”