STEM Women Are An Untapped Resource, Mined By Education And Perseverance

Dr. Nowbuth women of color in STEM

The education of women should be of utmost importance and prioritized in order to have a profound societal transformation as women are the primary source of learning. In the past, humanity has been defective and inefficient because equality of sexes has been incomplete. Interpretations of doctrines and cultural expectations reduce the opportunity for women to thrive in the world; as seen in history where women were not allowed to vote, drive or work. Education is a tool that can shift and dismiss the interpretations of society; and thereby assist in the equality of men and women in the workplace, social and political stages. Attracting and retaining more women in the STEM workforce will maximize innovation, creativity, and competitiveness.

Social justice and progress should be a priority, and the main remedy is education; for equality means equal qualification. It should also be noted that until woman and man recognize and realize equality in all fields, social and political progress here or anywhere will not be possible. We should promote that woman must be given the privilege of equal education with man and full right to his prerogatives. The need and obligation for social justice therefore arises in order to give priority to education of women and their rights and gender equivalence. Social justice is not ordinarily about being gratifying or desirable. Rather the entire notion of social justice instills an immediate and compulsory suggestion for achieving the fundamental standing of women aligned concerns and affairs. Women need to be empowered with regard to society both ethnically and economically so that they become adequate co-worker in development processes by walking the path of inherent social justice.

An important countenance of social justice is the support of gender equality. It depicts a society in which women and men appreciate the same opportunities, aftermath, rights and commitments in all sectors of life. It is vital for us, as women, to be confident first and foremost, to believe in ourselves, before anyone else because if you believe in yourself, then others will too. And ultimately, this confidence and belief would enable you to enable other women around the world. It’s about believing in your goals and what you are passionate about, and from that, others will become passionate about it too.

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. It is easy to allow insecurities about age/experience level to prevent you from making a big demand, or asking for a meeting with an influential person, or even admitting that you need help. However, if you don’t at least pose the question, it will probably never happen. Go for it! You might be surprised at what can happen if you just ask. By having the courage to take the first step into rooms, circles, and conversations where you may feel like you don’t belong, you also open the door for others to contribute their diverse perspectives, creating more meaningful, collaborative solutions for today and beyond.

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Dr. Avis Anya Nowbuth is a South African Medical and Homeopathic Doctor currently in Lusaka, Zambia