Empowering the Planet: How the Empowerment of Women and Girls Is Vital to Innovation

Elsa Ingwersen, Dr. Taryne Taylor, Department of Humanities and Communication, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 600 S Clyde Morris BLVD, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Humanity is now in the late Anthropocene, the period in which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. In order to face the devastating challenges of our impact, it is vital that all humans are empowered to work within STEM fields. Feminist science fiction is the reflection of the needs of society, a call to action that cannot be ignored.  A Voice for the Voiceless, a longitudinal study of feminist science fiction that analyzed 200 years of the genre - from Frankenstein (1818) to Rupetta (2018), suggested that the state of feminism is not stagnant and shows the intersectionality of feminist science fiction. Ultimately, this research suggests that psychological empowerment and emotional intelligence should be held at the same level of importance as scientific and technological advancements. While in of itself, feminist science fiction is empowering, we need to incorporate the lessons learned from this genre into policy in order to combat intersectional issues of today’s society. This research poster, Empowering the Planet, will utilize the findings in A Voice for the Voiceless as well as other current research surrounding growth mindset theory to show how vital the empowerment of women and girls is to scientific innovation.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Elsa Ingwersen

Institution: Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University

Type: Poster

Subject: English & Literature

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 6
Date/Time: Tue 2:00pm-3:00pm
Session Number: 4628