DIANNA'S WORDS. OUR SHOES.

 

DIANNA TALKS SCIENCE, FEMALE ROLE MODELS AND DEFYING STEREOTYPES

 

I WANT TO EDUCATE AND EMPOWER GIRLS TO FOLLOW THEIR PASSION

 

I think there are a lot of really great initiatives to get women into STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, but that hasn’t always been the case. For so long, young women were not encouraged to get into the sciences.

 

I think the first thing we need to do is introduce girls to science, allow them to try experiments at home, encourage them to take a science class.

 

Early on I found out most of the viewers of my YouTube channel were men, and then it turns out some were dads watching the videos with their daughters. It was being a role model for parents, too, they’re like, “Oh, look, there’s this girl who does science.”

Dianna in Jade Sneaker.
Dianna in Jade Sneaker.

EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL TOOLS TO FIGHT FEAR

 

When I was really little I wanted to be a princess because I saw Princess Diana on TV all the time. It wasn’t until high school that I thought about being a scientist. And thank goodness I had this amazing female role model to introduce me to physics.

 

I think as people it’s human nature to be afraid of things we’re not familiar with. Because the more we learn about people or things that are different, the more we learn about one another, the more we feel comfortable around different kinds of people.

 

YOU DON'T HAVE TO HIDE THAT YOU LOVE MATH AND SCIENCE

It’s cool. You don’t have to hide that you love math and science. You can own it. You can love your nerdiness. I would say that confidence is looking back at your life, and seeing all these things you’re told to be self-conscious about, and being ready to see the humor in that and share it with people, own it and make it part of your identity

"I WOULD TELL MY TEN-YEAR-OLD SELF THAT NERDINESS IS FINE."

PURPOSE IS FINDING SOMETHING IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO ME THAT I'M GOING TO SPEND MY TIME THINKING ABOUT IT

 

Today We Will implies a focus to life, a sense of purpose and direction for that day. I think the work I do serves a purpose. For me, it’s so many things, to continue learning – that’s the selfish part – and to know that there are young girls out there who are going to potentially see my videos, and may see this woman who’s interested in science, and maybe that’ll spark the curiosity, the interest, the initial intrigue into being a scientist.

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