These songs were composed with great reverence for these ten remarkable and courageous women. They fought for their passion, their voice, and most of all, for their vision to improve the world.
I came to this project a blank slate. I didn’t know a single woman in a STEM field. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. I avoided all of these subjects in school. However, women in STEM is a hot topic these days and I had been reading about some amazing advances made by women in these fields. I was not only impressed by how anyone could understand the complicated subjects involved in science and technology, but to also accomplish so much in a male-dominated profession. So, I started reading.
Every person has a story. I found hundreds of stories of women in science going as far back as ancient times. It then dawned on me that I could tell these stories through music. I could create “musical portraits,” if you will, about a handful of diverse women from different backgrounds and periods of history.
And so, it began. A two-year journey of scaling down my list to ten fascinating lives, some living and some long gone. No doubt you’ve heard of a few of them, but mostly you’d never know about the others. Heroes working behind the scenes. As women, they have struggled to achieve despite their cultures, their male peers, and their own families. Their stories are certainly unique.
One common thread I found between myself and all of these women is a passion for what we do. In some ways, they are like musicians. Always in the moment and never giving up on what they want to achieve. Female musicians have had to overcome some of the same obstacles as women of STEM.
I honor these women and have a deep respect for who they are and what they have done. I encourage you to read further, beyond the descriptions here, about these beautiful minds, who they are, where they came from, and how we benefit every day from their achievements. The songs and introductions are just a starting point. Thanks for listening!
All the Best,