16 Jun Woman Flies Around World to Promote STEM
Because of the lack of female role models in STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, many young women may not realize the possibility of having futures in the field. Shaesta Waiz, the first certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan, was once one of these young girls.
After fleeing the Soviet-Afghan war with her family in 1987, Waiz grew up with her five sisters in California in an impoverished district. Like many others, Waiz was not thinking about a future in a STEM career, according to Dreams Soar.
“I believed my future consisted of getting married at a young age and starting a big family,” she said. Nevertheless, Waiz went on to become the first in her family to complete graduate school, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
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