Miesha Jihan Williamson interfaces young ladies who code Rolling Out

“Miesha Jihan Williamson knows a thing or two about the power of social media. The trailblazing engineer and web developer has developed a social network just for girls that love to code. Born from a need to provide role models for girls seeking careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields, the STEM Girl Social Network gives young women a place to co
ect, learn and grow.
It is the STEM Girl Social Networku2019s mission to increase the number of socially responsible and confident young women through leadership and mentorship opportunities. When Williamson is not preparing girls to excel in STEM, she is developing educational programs and serving as a role model for future female leaders in math, science and technology. Rolling out spoke with the woman behind inspiring the next generation of women in STEM on establishing the STEM Girl Social Network and how she fell in love with STEM.
When was your interest in math, science, and technology first piqued?
Letu2019s just say I was u201cguidedu201d into science. My dad thought that science careers were the highest paid and he exposed us to Black inventors, and scientists, and told us about how Black engineers laid out the US capital, how Africans invented algebra and geometry, and bought us books on famous doctors like Ben Carson to read over the summers. I used to take household items like vacuums apart and see if I could put them back together again. My parents bought me erector sets, Ku2019nex science kits and all kinds of toys to feed my curiosity of figuring out how things work.
Who were your role models?
One of my biggest role models was Mae Jemison, the first woman to enter space. She was from the South Side of Chicago, not too far from where I grew up. I read her history and any articles I could find about her. Her story guided a lot of my decision making about majors. She was an engineer and spent a lot of her time giving back and developing programs for underserved communities. It made me analyze the role of giving back to develop the next generation of scientists.
Of course, my parents. My mom was a really hard working woman when we were growing up and did all she could to make sure we had a good education. My dad was and is one of the smartest people I know. He was a Chicago Public School teacher and school improvement consultant for decades. He had a passion for improving the education prospects of kids who normally did not have access to quality education. It is fu
y because he used quality engineering tools to improve school performance. He tried to teach me these tools when I was young but I didnu2019t want to listen. I ended up working as a quality engineer for a few years and getting a Six Sigma certification. Ironically, I fell in love with quality later.
What has been your experience as a woman working in science and technology?”

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