Remembering Mildred Dresselhaus: GE Promises to #BalanceTheEquation for Women in STEM

Mildred Dresselhaus, a pioneer in nanoscience, also known as the "Queen of carbon science," passed away February 20. She was 86.

A celebrated and loved member of the science community, Dresselhaus was the first woman to win the National Medal of Science in Engineering and has continued to inspire the women in STEM who came after her.

Though women like Dresselhaus have paved the way for more female involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, statistics from Business Insider show that "women occupy just 13 to 24 percent of tech-related positions at seven of the largest American tech companies."

Noting these low numbers of gender diversity in STEM fields, GE announced its "goal to bridge the STEM gender gap by 2020" and create 50:50 representation by hiring nearly 20,000 women.

To accompany this fantastic initiative, GE released a video that poses the question: "What if we treated great female scientists like they were stars?" featuring Dresselhaus herself.

Watch the full GE "What If Scientists Were Celebrities?" commercial to see how they are working to #BalanceTheEquation, and watch her exclusive MAKERS story in the video player above.

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