‘The Big Bang Theory’ and 6 of the best strong woman shows in Stem

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Often found far and wide between jobs, women have achieved notable success in the STEM field. Out of Catherine Johnson to Marie Curie, there is tremendous support for the fact that women can do anything they put their minds to. Over the decades, the media representation of women in STEM fields in film and television has increased remarkably, but there is still room for more.



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Historically, STEM subjects have not been offered to as many women as men, and in orthodox culture, women have not been encouraged to pursue STEM careers as much as their male counterparts. There is scientific evidence that women are more likely to pursue careers as reflected in the films and television shows they watch, an important fact for modern television scriptwriters and producers to consider.

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‘The big Bang Theory’

The first seasons of The big Bang Theory were riddled with sexist jokes and the whole plot revolved around four high IQ male scientists and their street smart neighbor. In later seasons, however, Amy Farrah Fowler (Maiim Bialik), a neurobiologist who is just as brilliant as the protagonist Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons). Some fan theories even suggest that Amy was smarter than Sheldon.

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The icing on the cake was that Amy was being played Maiim Bialik, an actress with a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Her character is still popular and continues to inspire millions of women.

‘X-Files’

American Sci-Fi Drama Series, X-Files has become an iconic television series worldwide. One of the most prominent characters on the show, Agent Dana Scully (Gillan Anderson), recognized as one of the most inspirational fictional women on television, inspiring women to pursue careers in STEM. Such was the effect of her inspiration that it became known as “The Scully Effect”. This classic turns around X files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena that allow Detective Scully to use her expertise.

Although the show was canceled after 9 seasons for numerous reasons, it continues to empower women around the world.

“Stop and Catch Fire”

Though still under the radar Stop and catch fire is one of the most incredible TV series. With Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna Clark (Kerry Bishe) the story takes place in the 1980s and 1990s, during the personal computing revolution and the development of the World Wide Web. Cameron is a programming genius and video game designer while Donna is a computer engineer and businesswoman. The women work together on a groundbreaking piece of software that functions as a platform for online gaming, shopping and a social network, all rolled into one.

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Although women in tech often face criticism and sexism, they don’t give up on their dreams, proving to be an inspiration to many women pursuing careers in STEM.


This Silicon Valley drama stars Zoey Clarke (jane levy) gains the ability to hear other people’s innermost thoughts as popular songs after an MRI incident. She is a programmer and technical director at a technology company that develops smartphones and applications. In one of the episodes, Zoey listens to her black colleague Simon (John Clarence Stewart) while venturing out his feelings about the company’s lack of racial diversity, a burgeoning real problem in the tech industry.

Although comical and very fictional, Zoey’s extraordinary playlist presents real-world problems and Zoey’s passion for her profession motivates women to pursue careers in STEM.

‘Sense8’

With Nomi Marks (Jamie Clayton), sense8 is a story that has inspired thousands of people around the world. Nomi is one of the Senates, eight people born on the same day who are spiritually and physically connected. She is a professional hacker and political blogger. Nomi describes herself as a hacktivist. Although not many details about her work were shown on the show, there’s no doubt that she’s incredibly good at hacking.

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‘Bone’

The producers of Bone took numerous risks with their actions and cast, reaching out to places other shows feared. One of the two protagonists of the series was Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel). She has three PhDs in anthropology, forensic anthropology, and kinesiology, and is the senior forensic anthropologist at the Jeffersonian Institute’s Medico-Legal Lab (a fictional version of the Smithsonian Institute). In addition, the forensic anthropologist is also a best-selling author. Bone based on the real forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs.

In addition to the Scully Effect Bone had its own effect, known as the Jeffersonian Effect, that inspired countless women to pursue careers in STEM.

‘Orphan Black’

orphan black revolves around a human cloning experiment in which Tatyana Maslany stars several clones who discover each other’s existence and work together to understand their origins. The lead scientist on the case is Cosima and her friend and colleague Delphine (Evelyne Brochu). Working in tandem with Cosima’s “sisters” (or Sestras), they unveil an operation far more covert than they ever imagined.

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While the thriller keeps you in your seat for numerous reasons, its characterization and portrayal of its excellent cast offers play a major role in its success.

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