This March, to celebrate the glory of Women's History Month in the best way we know how, Bustle is featuring not only women from the past, but women who are making history now. And one woman who's definitely in that category — and should enter into your collection of Women To Watch As They Do Badass Science — is Dr. Amy Orsborn, neuroscientist, bio-engineer, and all-around game-changer. Orsborn burst onto the worldwide scene in 2016, when she won a L'Oreal USA For Women In Science Fellowship for revolutionary work that attempts to use neuroscience to develop new ways for disabled people to move again. It's work that may well revolutionize the way disability medicine works. And she's only 32.
Orsborn has a lot of advice of her own to offer, from the benefits of failure to the misapprehension that you have to have an inborn "passion" from birth to reach success. And a key part of her working life is to raise female involvement in STEM fields, whether it's getting more female speakers at science conferences or encouraging girls to pick up scientific books and ask new, big questions.
Orsborn sat down with Bustle to give us some insights on how she's changing the world, what that means to her, and how failure, meandering, and a willingness to explore can be huge assets.