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What do Temperance “Bones” Brennan, Hermione Granger, and Abby Sciuto have in common? They’re all inspiring female characters who are science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals in movies or on TV. They serve as role models for girls who may have never considered a profession in those fields or for grown women who are having trouble navigating the “boys’ club” attitude that many STEM careers still maintain.

In 2011, the Entertainment Industries Council presented their inaugural Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Awards commending the entertainment industry for its encouragement of STEM. That inspired me to ask our staff here at AAUW to submit their favorite women characters who can inspire a girl’s interest in STEM.

Here were some of our favorites:

Abby Sciuto

The forensic scientist on NCIS does database searches and DNA analysis without falling into the drab, dorky stereotype we often see scientists take in the media…

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