STEM Occupy is a spoken word homage to the many of the inspiring women from the past and present who are rock it in STEM fields. Here's a brief peek at the bios and accomplishments of the women highlighted in the video, listed in order of her mention in the lyrics:

Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin
(1900-1979). British–American astronomer and astrophysicist. She was the first scientist to assert, against conventional wisdom at the time, that stars are primarily made of hydrogen and helium. Presented in her 1925 thesis, this conclusion was so radical that she was talked out of presenting it by the senior astronomers with whom she studied. Years later, she was proven correct. (Credit:

Mallory Lefland
Mallory is a Mars Rover Systems Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is a core part of the team working on the Curiosity Rover, analyzing Rover data and contributing to ongoing engineering sequences, imagery capture, transportation and experiments. (Credit:

Nettie Stevens
(1861-1912) At age 39 Nettie started her career as a research scientist. While studying the mealworm, she found that the males made reproductive cells with both X and Y chromosomes whereas the females made only those with X. She concluded that sex is inherited as a chromosomal factor and that males determine the gender of the offspring. No one believed her, because it was commonly believedat the time that gender was determined by the mother and/or environmental factors. She was later proven correct, though male scientists Edmund Wilson usually gets all the credit, as often happens in scientific communities. (Credit:

Nicole Hernandez Hammer
Nicole is a Latina climate change researcher with deep roots in environmental justice advocacy. She works with the Union of Concerned Scientists to make the latest climate science more accessible to Latino communities. She distributes educational materials in both English and Spanish and regularly meets with local leaders to discuss the particular risks their neighborhoods face. Hammer wants to make sure that those most vulnerable to climate change have a say in shaping the policies that could protect them. (Credit:

Pratima Amonkar
In India very few women have managed to break gender barriers and reached at top positions in STEM (science, tech, engineering and mathematics) jobs. Pratima Amonkar is one of the few exceptions. She is an avid evangelist for female students and working women professionals to get into technology careers. (Credit:

Laura Weidman Powers
Laura is the co-founder and CEO of CODE2040, a nonprofit that creates pathways to success in the innovation economy for Blacks and Latin@s. She brings to this work a background in entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, youth development, and technology. Laura has started two organizations in the education space, one nonprofit arts education organization in West Philadelphia that is currently celebrating its 10th year, and one for-profit tutoring company that gave rise to a book. (Credit:

Reshma Saujani
Reshma is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and the former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City. As Executive Director of the Fund for Public Advocacy, Reshma brought together public and private sectors to encourage entrepreneurship and civic engagement across NYC. Today, she has galvanized industry leaders to close the gender gap in STEM education and empower girls to pursue careers in technology and engineering. In 2010, Reshma became the first South Asian woman to run for Congress, promoting smarter policies to spur innovation and job creation. Advocating for a new model of female leadership focused on risk-taking, competition and mentorship, Reshma is also the author of the book entitled, Women Who Don't Wait in Line. (Credit:

Allyson Kapin
Allyson has been named one of the Most Influential Women in Tech by Fast Company, one of the top Tech Titans by the Washingtonian, and one of the Top 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter by Forbes for her leadership role in technology and social media. She is the co-founder of Rad Campaign, a web agency that works with nonprofits to fight the world’s toughest problems, ranging from climate change to health care reform. She co-wrote the nonprofit best-selling book, Social Change Anytime Everywhere, with Amy Sample Ward, and founded Women Who Tech: A Telesummit for Women in Technology. (Credit:

Lily Liu
Lily is the co-founder of PublicStuff, a a platform for submitting requests in your city in the cloud; it utilizes social-media so tickets can be filed and tracked in real-time. It saves local governments time and money by helping them manage and resolve service requests and connect with residents quickly and efficiently. Her inspiration to start PublicStuff came from direct experience working in government, including Mayor Bloomberg's Special Project & Analytics team, the City of Long Beach, CA and TSA. Lily was recently named one of Forbes' 30 under 30'.

Alicia Jillian Hardy
Alicia entered college planning to major in writing, but changed her major to Mechanical Engineering, and 12 years later graduated as the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her master's thesis focused on improving the efficiency of large-scale hydrogen and methane power plants, which could be useful in industrializing nations that now burn a lot of coal, such as China and India. (Credit:

Aprille Ericsson-Jackson
Aprille is an American aerospace engineer. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Aprille attended the Cambridge School of Weston. She was the first female, and the first African-American female, to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She won many awards, including the 1997 "Women in Science and Engineering" award for the best female engineer in the federal government, and she is currently the instrument manager for a proposed mission to bring dust from the Martian lower atmosphere back to Earth. (Credit:

Alba Colón
Alba grew up in Puerto Rico dreaming of becoming an astronaut. She pursued her dream and gained a degree in mechanical engineering, but somewhere along that path she hit what she calls a "happy detour." During college she became active in the Society of Automotive Engineers and realized that sheloved cars and racing more. She's been at GM for 20 years and is now the lead engineer for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Team Chevrolet, innovating and improving things like the design bodies, engine parts and software. (Credit:

Elsie MacGill
Elizabeth Muriel Gregory "Elsie" MacGill, (1905 – 1980), known as the "Queen of the Hurricanes", was the world's first female aircraft designer. She worked as an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War and did much to make Canada a powerhouse of aircraft construction during her years at Canadian Car and Foundry (CC&F) in Fort William, Ontario.  (Credit:

Nora Stanton
Nora Stanton Blatch Barney (1883 – 1971) was a civil engineer, architect, and suffragist. In 1905, she was the first woman to graduate from Cornell University with a Civil Engineering degree. That same year, she became the first female member, with junior status, of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). (Credit:

Concha Gomez
Concha earned a Ph.D. from University of California Berkeley and has spent her entire working life as an advocate fore recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented people of color in math and science programs. (Credit:

Sun-Yung Alice Chang
Sun-Yung is a Chinese American mathematician specializing in aspects of mathematical analysis ranging from harmonic analysis and partial differential equations to differential geometry. She was born in China and earned her BA in Taiwan, later receiving a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. Chang is a firm believer that, given a suitable environment in which to develop, women and men are equally talented in mathematics.

Ada Lovelace
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815 – 1852) was a British mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Because of this, she is often regarded as the first computer programmer. (Credit:

Maryam Mirzakhani
Maryam is an Iranian mathematician working in the United States and is a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. In 2014, Mirzakhani became both the first woman and the first Iranian honored with the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics. The award committee cited her work in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces. Her research topics include Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory, and symplectic geometry. (Credit:

Mary Gray
Mary Lee Wheat Gray is an American mathematician. She is the author of books and papers in the fields of mathematics, mathematics education, computer science, applied statistics, economic equity, discrimination law, and academic freedom. She is currently on the Board of Advisers for POMED (Project on Middle East Democracy) and is the Chair of the Board of Directors of AMIDEAST (America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc.) (Credit:

Annie Easley
Annie J. Easley (1933 – 2011) was an African-American computer scientist, mathematician, and rocket scientist. She worked for the Lewis Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). She was a leading member of the team which developed software for the Centaur rocket stage and one of the first African-Americans in her field. She developed and implemented computer code that analyzed alternative power technologies for electric vehicles. She also studied technologies for wind and solar energies, as well as solving problems of energy monitoring and conservation. Some of Easley’s work helped lead the way to the development of batteries for modern Hybrid cars. (Credit: and