The goal of an activist is to make this world a better place for all of us.
As a lifelong learner I was moved by an article I found in the AAUW (American Association of University Women) entitled “Why So Few? In an era when women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law, and business, why are there so few women scientists and engineers?
A light bulb went off. I decided to join the movement and became an activist to help close the gender gap in the sciences. As an activist I found my purpose and passion and realized that all of my previous training as a teacher, counselor, and administrator had prepared me for this calling. I am obsessed to help close the gender gap in the sciences so I have joined the movement to inspire young girls to ignite a spark for the STEM which is the acronym for Science, Technology Engineering and math. As of this date I have impacted over 40,000 thousand girls through my various programs.
Because of the Academy, my name was submitted to CBS television. CBS sent a crew to videotape the students and interview me. It was a great promotion for the program, helping us to positively impact even more lives. I was then honored for my work by receiving the Women of Innovation Award from the Connecticut Technology Council ,and the inaugural AARP Purpose Prize Award. For the AARP award, there were 700 nominations for this prize and after vigorous work such as letters from people who knew my work, students, interviews, and video productions, I was one of five invited to the big gala event in Chicago where we were presented with our prizes by Soledad O’Brien. What an awesome experience!
When you find a cause you are passionate about I encourage you to become an activist join a similar movement and go after it relentlessly.
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