Graduate Thesis course. The assignment was to design a piece on the subject of "Competition" as it relates to culture.
"Women have made tremendous progress in the workplace during the past 50 years. Even in historically male fields such as business, law, and medicine, women have made impressive gains. In science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), however, women’s progress has been slower."
The American Association of University Women published a report that demonstrates the effects of societal beliefs and the learning environment on girls’ achievements and interest in science and math. The research shows a myriad of factors inhibiting girls in STEM and the report makes recommendations to initiate change.
I selected one of AAUW’s recommendations on which to focus my creativity: Expose girls to successful female role models in math and science. Exposing girls to successful female role models can help counter negative stereotypes in math and science, because girls see that people like them can be successful in these fields.
After much creative experimentation, “Girls Rule” was born. The project ultimately took form in a series of five 16" x 20" shadow boxes showcasing notable women in fields of STEM. I wanted the women to speak directly to today’s girls and so I found inspirational quotations from each of the women. The artwork consists of cut paper and physical objects that represent the fields, such as a test tube, compass, and computer keys.