Celebrating Black STEM Innovators Who Have Defined Our Modern World

04 Feb Celebrating Black STEM Innovators Who Have Defined Our Modern World

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to highlight some of the individuals, past and present, who should be routinely recognized for their achievements. (source)

Kimberly Bryant, Electrical Engineer & Founder of Black Girls Code

Kimberly Bryant had worked for years as a successful electrical engineer before moving to the Bay Area. Once she made it to the heart of Silicon Valley, she noticed that minorities were severely underrepresented in the startup world. Coupled with the fact that her daughter, Kia, was sick of instructors focusing more on the boys (who outnumbered the handful of girls) at a programming camp, she knew she had to do something about it.

In 2011, Bryant decided to create Black Girls Code, a nonprofit that empowers girls from underrepresented communities by introducing them to programming. While not as lucrative as her previous jobs, the positive influence from her nonprofit organization has already made an impact: girls who have participated in Black Girls Code have started clubs and are becoming leaders in their communities. (source)