Portraits of Strength features women in STEM who have helped break barriers and achieved great things within their industry. These are the movers and shakers making a better world for future female leaders in STEM. Here are the stories of how they’re changing the ratio, serving as role models for girls and young women across Canada, and inspiring us all.
I am a Designer and Innovative Humanitarian
When I was 10 I wanted to be the first woman on Mars.
I work as Human Factors Lead at Made In Space (Space Industry) and Field Designer at Field Ready (Disaster Management).
I am proud of… Working on a 3D Printer that will be on the International Space Station this summer has only been paled in comparison, to the joy of founding the first innovation lab in Haiti. Helping young people to create new tools, and a new Haiti has been nothing but inspirational.
The biggest obstacle I have faced was self-doubt and my learning disabilities. Repeatedly being called stupid when I was young had its toll. As it turns out thinking differently has paid off.
My advice to women is play, love, and live with passion. If there is something you really, really want to do, than no one can stop you. If they can stop you, it’s not what you really want to do. You will encounter challenges however it is these challenges that create the unique beautiful you.