REPOST: Go, See "Hidden Figures" - We Need Many More Personal Stories of STEM/Gender/Diversity Success. IBM Shares Women's Story!

Logo_20th_century_foxRE@L-logo_Corp_TM_New-Tag_8-15-17_CMYK-300x127Our last RE@L Blog urged viewers to go see a feel-good, family-friendly, learn-lots, PG-movie about the early space-moon program. It’s called “Hidden Figures” and was recently released by 20th Century Fox Films. The film has received many positive reviews and accolades.

Click here for our previous RE@L blog on the film.

Below is the recent IBM story about those who helped make this true story happen. What grabbed our attention about this Academy Award nomination was that the story told was not only true, but it extolled what RE@L has been promoting in K12 learning for years: STEM and gender-equity, and more.                                                                                                                       

th-1Even more exciting, we also learned the critically important role played by young, black female computing engineers who worked for IBM back in the late 50′s and early 60′s. We were pleased to find that “racial diversity” has now been added to the list of STEM career goals.

Over 60 years ago IBM was among the first major corporations to hire minority female employees for key engineering computing positions. When President Kennedy announced the U.S. Man on the Moon space initiative in 1960, computers were just beginning to leave the labs and enter the market place. Among the many IBM technicians and mathematicians, the cooperative research program they shared with NASA’s space staff included three young, able and dedicated black women scientists. Last week our RE@L Blog told their incredible story about how their talents and training likely saved the life of young astronaut, John Glenn.

Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty, Chairman, CEO and President, IBM Inc.

Much has happened in these last 6 decades. IBM has continued its exemplary focus on the role of qualified women in their corporate and software-based research, development and sales.

Here is a recent quote from IBM CEO, Chairman and President, Ginni Rometty, at their Admiral Grace Hopper Conference:

Past is prologue. And it is a fact that women have helped drive every era of technology we have known to dateFor a company to fully embrace diversity, conversations about fair hiring practices and equal opportunity are table stakes. At IBM, we go far beyond these to actively create an inclusive culture that ensures the brightest minds from all backgrounds can contribute fully throughout our business.”

GraceRE@L notes that IBM’s Grace Hopper Conference is dedicated to WW2, US Navy officer and renowned female computer scientist, Grace Hopper. It’s another story worth your reading and found among our previous RE@L blogs. Click on the graphic of Admiral Hopper on the right.

Ms. Rometty further told her audience:Fewer than 3 in 10 science and engineering jobs are held by women. IBM recognizes the unique value and skills every individual brings to the workplace. We believe that innovation comes from seeking out and inspiring diversity in all its dimensions. Consciously building diverse teams and encouraging diversity of ideas helps us make the greatest impact for our clients, our colleagues and the world. Diversity of thought. Diversity of people. Discover what you can do at IBM.”

More well-trained women are essential in STEM careers at IBM. So is the focus on more Diversity.

Let’s take a closer look! View the IBM videos of two IBM women employees and take note of the fascinating, satsifying careers they have in STEM-based explorations. Perhaps their stories may lead you or someone you know to consider a STEM career. There are many such careers, with many employers, and at all levels.

Choosing a career requires choosing to prepare for it. STEM careers require STEM learning.

Chieko IBM

Lysa Banks

Diversity and talent…women and men….special needs and more….all are welcomed in this new world of STEM-related careers!

Now is the time to start learning more about women’s choices of  STEM careers.

Click on the videos above to learn more.

RE@L can help girls and boys in choosing the classes and courses in school that will enable future employment and STEM careers.


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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.