A group of female scientists and engineers battle to overcome prejudice, bureaucracy, and the competitive nature of the Nobel prize winning community.
Stories of scientific and technological progress often exclude female contributions. We know that Sally Ride was the first female American astronaut and Marie Curie was the first female Nobel winning scientist, but we’d be hard-pressed to find information on their technical discoveries. Instead, we are supposed to be enamored by the idea: Wow a woman in science! This puts pressure on women in STEM to outperform their peers and to prove that they deserve to be part of the scientific community. #GoBeyond is a series about the women scientists and engineers who are redefining our understanding of the universe.
Shifting focus of how we view women in STEM
You can always tell ambitious women by the shape of our heads: They’re flat on top for being patted patronizingly
#GoBeyond will share the stories of female scientific champions, whose discoveries and innovations are advancing our understanding of the universe and paving the way for technological and social progress. We will follow these women as they battle to overcome prejudice, bureaucracy, and the competitive nature of the prize-winning scientific community, while simultaneously struggling to embrace personal relationships and empower the female scientific community as a whole. The series explores the conflict of defining oneself through achievements and accolades versus expanding human consciousness through collective effort.
Women have had to fight for the right to work and the right to vote, and now are competing for the chance to contribute to the scientific community. Interlaced in this contest for intellectual power, freedom, and self-actualization are questions such as: in a world where the crowning scientific achievement of a woman is to be the first of her kind in her field, can we shatter the glass ceiling so that women can be remembered in history for their actual scientific breakthroughs? And, can women gain equality as a community if we’re still competing with each other for male acceptance? #GoBeyond is an ensemble episodic coming-of-age story addressing these questions.
About Jenn Halweil
We could undermine the premise of this project by joking that Jenn’s fascination with tech and storytelling is a genetic predisposition — her grandfather built the first major stock market computer (UNIVAC) with Grace Hopper, and her father was a social worker who loved bringing home stories of his travels. In college she combined these interests studying media communication and electrical engineering.
Jenn co-founded her first company in college, Legacy Event Planners, and awas awarded the City of Raleigh’s Community Service Award in 2010 for organizing a 20,000-person eco-festival in downtown Raleigh. She worked for the Department of Energy in theis alternative fuel FreedomCar division as well as Progress Energy in their distribution and renewable energy divisions. She has produced several short films and documentary projects, one of which wom Best Editing as parrt of Campus MovieFest at Warner Brother’s studios in LA. In 2011, Jenn launched her consultancy, focused on helping socially and environmentally responsible businesses craft their ‘storytelling’ message by producing commercials and testimonials. Most recently, she was accepted into Youtube’s Content Creator’s bootcamp in NY.