In 2019, I won the title of Miss Delta Alpha of the Delta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated in the Miss Black and Old Gold Pageant at Claflin University. My platform was entitled “Black Women in Science: The STEMinist Project.” I chose this as my platform because in my field experience I got a taste first-hand of what it felt like to be the “black girl” on the job. In 1903, W. E. B. Du Bois coined the term “Double-Consciousness” in his book The Souls of Black Folk. He states, “It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his own two-ness, an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideas in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” This has always resonated with me as I posed the question to black women. Does she ever feel the sensation of triple-consciousness, her own three-ness; an American, a Negro, a woman; three personalities, three perceptions, three worlds where she is questioned in each.
The STEMinist Project Inc., is designed to advocate and educate black women based on the equality of the sexes in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics career fields. In the United States, the black woman makes approximately 61 cents to the white male American dollar. Yet, she is still required to attain the same amount of education and jump through the same hoops, if not more. Our mission at The STEMinist Project Inc., is assisting African American women of all ages journeys with poise, boldness, and strength. Our targets will focus on the educational, professional, and social aspects of being a black woman in the scientific world. We plan to offer a unique experience and sisterhood by advocacy and education. The project is intended to dedicate the highest quality of knowledge delivered with originality, creativity, and innovation. We are geared towards the success of our sisters and assisting them in reaching their full potentials.
TARGET 1: Apply Yourself Sis: The project will provide acknowledgement of free resources and upcoming opportunities. This will include possible scholarships, awards, internships, and travel opportunities.
TARGET 2: Women Empower Woman: The project will assist African American women in the mental and social aspects of their professional journeys.
TARGET 3: Equity is the Basis of Humanity: The project will raise awareness in the community regarding the equality based on the sexes and race in the scientific community.