Stephanie Green: Women in STEM and Gender Diversity from Childhood onwards
Equality, diversity and acceptance start in the cradle and what better way to understand this than by illustration and example - it makes it fun too!
Today’s guest is Stephanie Green, a wonderfully talented artist, activist and entrepreneur.
We will be discussing:
- The evolution of women in STEM and inspiring the next generation.
- The progress being created regarding gender equality starting with children’s educational resources and illustrations such as maths and science tools.
- The taboo topics of women’s periods and the menopause and how this needs to, and can be, taken into account intelligently and productively in education, life and the workplace.
- The different vision men and women can sometimes have on these issues just because we think and communicate differently.
Listen to the audio only podcast version here:
More about Steph:
Stephanie Green – Artist, Activist, Entrepreneur and Businesswoman, Stephanie Green is passionate about building lasting gender equality. At 21 she became the country’s youngest councillor in her home town of Taunton. By 25 she was Circulation Director at an international publishing house. Following her love of graphic design she opened her own successful studio KindredDesign.studio in 2010. In 2016 she founded Dauntless Daughters to create bold, diverse illustrations, stories, games, goods and services that empower girls and young women. For children seeing is believing so it is critical to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) success to provide diverse learning resources, story books and images staring female and minority characters. When my children were born we began our Waldorf journey.
Then came Waldorf Family – Stephanie says:
“As my two strong, clever girls grew, I found myself drawing and creating pieces for them, nurturing their relationship with nature. Waldorf Family was created in October 2018 to share these products to friends and family. From these cottage industry roots Waldorf Family has grown expeditiously to sell a range of products, globally. I still work from my home studio, but Waldorf Family now has manufacturing, fulfilment and warehousing in Herefordshire and Berkshire, England. I am inspired by nature: if I could help children in the built environment connect to nature and help those who do not find a good fit in the educational system find wonder in learning then I will be doing what I was put here to do.
I believe we are all here to serve, our society, our purpose: it is our job to dig deep and discover what lights our fire: for me that is drawing and painting. This creative process led me firmly to create for children. I still remember a painting I had when I was about 6 or 7 in all the corners it had so many details I remember starring for hours at this whole other world not really sure if it was a real world – existing in that flat paper space. Last year I was in the Musée de l’Orangerie in the ground of the Louvre in the immersive space of Monet’s Water Lilies, reduced to tears, in the energy held in that space. His quest to heal the pain of the war for the people of France. Art has a magic, an energy that can touch our hearts.
I want to make pictures that children love. Images of children playing, sunny days and butterflies. I want my art to stick in their hearts to make a space that reminds them to go outside a play. If we forget nature we are lost.
Quantum entanglement theory begins to give a scientific frame work to what I know in my bones – the connection between all things. The lively energetic connection between us, each other and our environment. Our world is created and shaped by what we interact with, our norms and values are formed in the early years by what we see and feel – and this is why we must care for and curate the children’s experience and environment from them.
You can find Stephanie on the web:
Website at https://www.instagram.com/waldorffamily
– UN Women‘s 2016-2017 Champion for Change at Empower Women.
– International Career Development + Wellness coach.
– Creator of the process ‘SCOPE for Career Fulfilment’.
– Author of ‘Unstoppable Goddess: Every Woman’s Guide to Freedom, Fulfilment & Success’.