6 Women In STEM To Watch Out For 2018

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2017 has been, in many ways, a great year for girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). An 11 year old girl won a national science prize for inventing a water filter to help solve the Flint water crisis. A Japanese physician gained international acclaim after she combatted misinformation about the HPV vaccine. Even the Girl Scouts got in on the act, announcing a new middle-school program to attempt to close the gender gap for women in STEM. And as the next year rolls around, new women will be coming to the forefront to get their time in the spotlight.

From chemists who are transforming the way in which we look at DNA to pioneers in apps and tech to artificial intelligence experts who want to teach girls how to code chatbots, the female heroes of STEM in the new year come from hugely varied disciplines. And it's shaping to be a banner year for girls in STEM in particular; even American Girl, the doll company, has announced that its 2018 Girl Of The Year is a doll based on an aspiring astronaut. While STEM disciplines continue to see gender imbalance, 2018 will hopefully see women and girls inspired to enter STEM — and change the world when they do.