Supporting women in the growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is more important now than ever before. Studies have found that 84% of women have been told by colleagues that they are too aggressive in the workplace while 88% of women have experienced subconscious bias in which clients address questions to male colleagues which should be addressed to them. As a result, 50% of women with careers in STEM fields will eventually leave because of hostile work environments.
During the first 100 days of the next presidential administration, Prototype Pittsburgh: A Feminist Makerspace aims to break down gendered stereotypes by hosting 20 workshops facilitated by feminists of all genders that will create a supportive environment to help at least 100 women gain confidence and show that they are welcome in STEM fields. Prototype isn’t just a makerspace. We are actively engineering, designing, hacking, and prototyping the kind of world we want to live in. In our physical location you will find computer numerical control (CNC) machines next to a loom and a library with books on human centered design and unicorns. Our programming is just as diverse. Our Protobabes are teaching workshops on building your own furniture, negotiating salaries, and harvesting seeds for sustainable gardening. Prototype aims to shake things up. We are a space where feminists can get outside of our echo chambers. We are a place for support, curiosity, vulnerability, and failure without shame. Our classes reflect this notion as seen in our attached workshop series.