April 27, 2018


Rachel Ignotofsky
Rachel Ignotofsky Design

Women throughout history have contributed greatly to science, mathematics and engineering, but often have not gotten the recognition they deserve. I created my new illustrated book, Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, to celebrate their accomplishments while introducing boys and girls to new female role models. This presentation will tell the often unknown stories of several amazing female scientists and how each have significantly changed their fields, despite sexism and often racism. We will look at the statistics showing the gender gap in STEM fields today and how we can use narrative to empower young women to follow their passions. I know that Illustration is a powerful tool that can be used to make dense information fun and accessible. I will talk about the process of creating this illustrated biography book and other initiatives out there that inspire young girls. 50% of the world is female and we need that brainpower to solve today's big problem.