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I Didn’t Think There Had been Many African Women Researchers. Then I Checked Twitter

I Didn’t Think There Had been Many African Women Researchers. Then I Checked Twitter
Maria Fabrizio for NPR
Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Lately, an on the internet study questioned me to name African ladies scientists I admired. I found myself having difficulties — even though I&#8217m a Kenyan entomologist, studying sustainable ways to feed our expanding populace amid a shifting climate. I thought to myself, why are there so handful of of us?

I was mistaken: We are not number of at all. Twitter proved it.

The site Levers in Heels, which characteristics African girls in STEM, in January referred to as on the net to tweet the names of African ladies experts. Individuals shared hundreds.

I identified Mbu Waindim, an aerospace engineer from Cameroon who&#8217s passionate about politics and gender troubles Farida Bedwei, a application engineer from Ghana who did not let cerebral palsy affect her function and Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi, Ghana&#8217s initial amphibian biologist.