STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; and includes occupations in life sciences, physical earth sciences, architecture, and health-related occupations. While there have been many advancements for women in STEM, black women are still underrepresented in STEM fields.
This low number of black women in STEM is partially due to the misconception that black women are not interested in science and tech fields or do not have the pedigree as STEM jobs are seen as elite. Additionally, women of color statistically experience more harassment (sexual or racial) in these fields. This misconception and in some cases mistreatment leads to fewer academic applications. Despite this, black women are making strides in STEM and forming inclusive communities as vocal advocates for diversity, inclusion, and change. These are the women that CEED Concordia hopes to highlight in this documentary.