If your daughter loved Shuri in ‘Black Panther,’ she’ll love these badass STEM programs.

I swear they didn’t get onto from me, but my daughters are mega math-haters.

Recently, my 13 -year-old conveyed her displeasure with her algebra homework, ultimately calling, “Ugh, I detest math! “

Thankfully, her 17 -year-old sister — who has declared her animosity for math many times herself — came to the rescue.

“Ella, you know what helps me lately when I get annoyed with my math homework? ” she told. “I just painting Shuri in ‘Black Panther.’ She does math all day long, and she’s awesome.”

Squeee ! God bless you, Marvel.

My girls have always been more interested in writing verse than working out math problems, so I love that they find teen tech whiz Shuri inspiring. But there are a lot of girls out there who are now math-, science-, and engineering-minded who have an uphill road ahead of them.

Actress Letitia Wright plays Shuri in “Black Panther.” Photo by John Phillips/ Getty Images.

Despite years of pushing for gender parity in the workplace, females are still greatly underrepresented in STEM careers .

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Commerce evaluated the status of women in STEM( science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers and found that even though women represented 48% of the overall workforce, they are represented 24% of STEM careers.

In 2017, they did the same evaluation. That time, they found that even though women represented 47% of the workforce, they only represented — wait for it — 24% of STEM careers.

In other words, the needle has hardly moved for women in STEM in recent years.

But that doesn’t mean things aren’t changing for the next generation. As we’re seeing with gun control, “childrens and” teens can be the ones to make big waves and change the tide on issues that affect them .

Of course, kids need tools and opportunity to stimulate those waves. Thankfully, there are ways to help the future Shuris of the world get the hands-on STEM experience they need to construct dreams a reality. Check out these five cools STEM initiatives by and for girls πŸ˜› TAGEND

1. Project Upgrade YouTube series

Project Upgrade is a new digital build series — where digital technologies are used to create something — starring popular teen YouTubers the Merrell twins. The series was created to inspire more young woman across America to pursue a career in STEM.

On the show, the twins team up with teen female coders, builders, and engineers as well as successful female mentors from across STEM career fields( including NASA, Disney Imagineering, and Google ). Together, they design, construct, and test a new consumer product in front of a live audience of daughters. The series started March 10, 2018, and you can check out a preview on Veronica and Vanessa’s YouTube channel πŸ˜› TAGEND

These are just some of the many great programs out there helping daughters build on their math and science knowledge. Girls and young women require opportunities and encouragement to become the STEM giants we know they can be.

Who knows, perhaps these kinds of initiatives combined with greater representation going to be able to girls like my daughters decide that they don’t hate math after all.

Can you imagine anything more badass than a world filled with Shuris? I can’t.

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