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Shifting a male-dominated field: WISE inspires a community of young women

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WISE meets every Monday, from 3-3:45. Photo courtesy of Jordan McQueen

As of 2023, women make up 26% of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) workforce and only 13.7% of the global engineering workforce. These statistics can seem daunting to girls who may be interested in pursuing such paths in higher-level education. Thus, the WISE (Women In Science and Engineering) club at Huron aims to create a space where girls explore a variety of STEM topics together in a fun and safe environment.

 

“There’s a lot of male dominance in the field, so it’s really nice to be able to just be with like-minded women who also care this much about what I’m interested in,” said Social Media Manager Madeline Montgomery.

 

With a male majority participating in STEM research, many everyday items from seat belts to office chairs have also been researched and designed by men, for men . The leaders of WISE hope to see a rise in representation for women not only within the STEM workforce, but also as consumers of products made through STEM research.

 

“At my first meeting, I listened to a speaker talk about how a lot of products, especially shoes and car safety items, are designed with the image of a man involved and not the idea of a woman’s body,” WISE Vice President Liliana Franzese said. “I thought that was wrong and I really want to look more into that research to see the ways we can improve this in the future.”

 

WISE’s recent events included featuring U of M chemistry professor Melanie Sanford as a guest speaker and building Rube Goldberg machines from materials found in the engineering room.

 

Students interested in joining WISE’s mailing list can contact President Selene Koremenos-Tsebelis at [email protected] and Vice President Liliana Franzese at [email protected].

 

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Iris Gong, Staff Writer
Iris is currently in 11th grade and this is her first year as a part of the Huron Emery’s staff. Iris is involved in the Huron Biology Club, PaintSmiles art charity organization, and Asian Youth Liberty League. As an art enthusiast, she likes to paint with watercolor and explore new crafts in her free time. Her favorite book is The Invisible Life of Addie Larue and her favorite ice cream flavor is Black Cherry from Washtenaw Dairy.
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