To cap off my first full week working at UPenn, I had the privilege of spending the day speaking to young black girls at the STEM conference put together by the national coalition of 100 black women, south jersey chapter. The best part of it was being able to not only speak but run a little experiment showing what researchers in my field actually do! 👩🏾🔬👩🏾🔬 the most fulfilling part of my career is being able to share all the knowledge I’ve gained with the generation coming after me. 🤗🤗 thanks @drmagdalachery for the invite!! 😘😘and shout out to the young lady that caught this angleee😂😂😂💃🏾💃🏾
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When God says “it’s show time” there’s not a single person that can say cut.🙏🏾✨// Also, thanking God for finally giving LA a break from rainy weather!🙌🏾
Day 16: Vivienne Malone Mayes 👩🏽🏫🔢
From Black Women in Mathematics: “In graduate school she was very much alone, though she was a grader for an undergraduate course taken by Raymond Johnson. In her first class, she was the only Black, the only woman. Her classmates ignored her completely, even terminating conversations if she came within earshot. She was denied a teaching assistantship, although she was an experienced (13 years) and excellent teacher. She wrote further:"I could not join my advisor and other classmates to discuss mathematics over coffee at Hilsberg's cafe.... Hilsberg's would not serve Blacks. Occasionally, I could get snatches of their conversation as they crossed our picket line outside the cafe." She could not enroll in professor R.L. Moore class as he explicitly stated that he did not teach Blacks. Overlooking all this, one of her professors, complaining against the civil rights demonstrations, said to her: "If all those out there were like you, hard-working and studious, we wouldn't have any problems." Her reply: "If it hadn't been for those hell-raisers out there, you wouldn't even know me." …
Vivienne had ability in abundance, but it took enormous courage and determination, as well, to succeed. Writing (1988) in the AWM Newsletter, speaking for all, she was to observe that "it took a faith in scholarship almost beyond measure to endure the stress of earning a Ph. D. degree as a black, female graduate student." But earn it she did, drawing on her vast reserves of courage and determination as well as on her undoubted abilities.
Dr. Mayes' struggle did not end after the Ph.D. She was hired at Baylor University in 1966, and for years after, it took Federal invesigators to assure the Baylor U did not discrimnate against her. They stopped during the years of the Ronald Reagan presidency when funds for such investigations were cut. In 1971, the Baylor Student Congress elected Mayes Outstanding Faculty Memeber of the Year.”
Photo from: Black Women In Mathematics
Sahle-Work Zewde becomes Ethiopia's first female president ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・
Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa's only female head of state.
Her election to the ceremonial position comes a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a cabinet with half the posts taken up by women.
After being sworn in, President Sahle-Work promised to work hard to make gender equality a reality in Ethiopia.
Addressing parliament, she also pledged to promote peace: "I urge you all, to uphold our peace, in the name of a mother, who is the first to suffer from the absence of peace.''
The 68-year-old was unanimously approved by the Ethiopian parliament
・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ The softly-spoken, veteran technocrat has worked in diplomacy for more than three decades.
Born in the capital Addis Ababa, Zewde attended university in France. After graduating, she served as Ethiopia's ambassador to France, Djibouti, Senegal and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional trade bloc in East Africa.
Prior to her appointment as president, she was the UN's top official at the AU. She is fluent in English and French as well as Amharic, Ethiopia's official working language.