This week we are proud to shine the spotlight on Kenedy Quandt '22, as she shares what she is doing to make the STEM field more inclusive for women.
In September 2020, Kenedy was recognized in the Simi Valley Acorn
for her creation of Project STEMinist,
a website for young women working to close the gender gap in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Four years ago, when Kenedy walked into her 8th
Grade biology class and noticed she was the only female student in the room, something began to take shape in her that would eventually change the lives of young women around the globe. Click here
to read The Simi Valley Acorn
's article on Kenedy.
Since the publication of the Acorn
article, Kenedy hasn't held back. She has updated her website to include more blog posts and demographic information to connect people who read or get tutoring. She has personally taken on tutoring another student, whom she helped supply with WiFi and a computer that she refurbished. "Over the last four years, the Project STEMinist
group of girls/organization has tutored over 28 girls from six countries, delivered 550 STEM kits, raised $6,200 to provide STEM kits, WiFi, and computers to children in need, and our website has been seen by over 8,000 visitors," says Kenedy.
Even though she is a senior now, Kenedy has no plans to stop tutoring or discontinue her website. She will continue to tutor and help girls in low-income communities, thus enabling more and more young women to see themselves in STEM fields.
"Whatever company I end up working for or if I create my own, I will definitely never stop being an advocate for women who are often intimidated into getting less responsibility, fewer opportunities, and less recognition than they deserve. Since I want to major in the science/business fields, the work I'm doing is especially relevant because those fields are where women are marginalized the most. In the future, I see myself making new trips to the US Border to deliver supplies and providing more computers and technological resources to low-income families in need. I see Project STEMinist
as a part of my life for a long time."
We could not be more proud of this true
Trailblazer! Keep up the good work, Kenedy—we can't wait to see what's next for you!