LifeOmic May 15th, 2020

500 Women Scientists Who Inspire Us!

Women in STEAM who inspire! 500 Women Scientists’ Edition

In this card deck, 500 Women Scientists and Lifeology are highlighting women in Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Music and Medicine who are also members of the Request a Woman in STE(A)MM platform.

14 Cards


Jasmine Drake is a forensic chemist and Assistant Professor at Texas Southern.
She’s committed to ensuring forensic science is equitable and free of bias toward communities of color.

Fun facts about Jasmine:
  • She is a Governor-appointed commissioner on the Texas Forensic Science Commission!
  • She researches how drug policy affects people of color and fragile communities at unequal rates.
  • She is passionate about hands-on STEM education. She trains educators and law enforcement officers.
How Jasmine inspires us
  • “She has taught us really cool real-world, justice-focused applications for chemistry, which is a hard science that is usually seen as inaccessible and unattainable.” – Lauren
  • Find Jasmine on the Request platform!


Seanna Leath is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.
She studies community psychology with a focus on building resilience and wellness among Black girls and women.

Fun facts about Seanna:
  • Seanna explores factors related to the healthy identity development of Black girls and women in family, educational, and community settings.
  • Seanna has talked about Black motherhood on the podcast Ebony’s Bones!
  • She is the first in her family to attend college, and she identifies as LGBTQIA.
How Seanna inspires us


Rose Bear Don’t Walk grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
She’s a Tribal foods consultant and a Salish Ethnobotanist. She studies how her tribe can use native plants as food to fight chronic disease.

Fun facts about Rose:
  • Rose is helping her community identify and rekindle their connection with traditional Salish food plants like Camas and Bitterroot.
  • She teaches through hand-on activities like foraging, recipe creation and food sharing!
  • She has a blue belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu!
How Rose inspires us

Kelly Montgomery is a chemical biologist and artist!
She is helping us better understand why tau proteins fold the wrong way and clump together in the brains of people with Alzheimer's Disease.

Fun facts about Kelly:
  • Kelly loves to tell stories through art and photography. She taught herself how to use Illustrator and Photoshop!
  • She co-founded JKX comics to help more people understand science and want to become scientists themselves.
  • She was born and raised in Detroit, MI but has always dreamed of living in sunny California.
How Kelly inspires us
  • “Kelly inspires me with how she is using her self-taught creative talents to amplify diverse women in STEM in the form of free science comics.” - Lauren
  • Find Kelly on the Request Platform



500 Women Scientists is a grassroots, nonprofit organization with the mission to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible.
Are you a scientist? Sign up for the Request a Woman in STEMM platform and join a local 500 Women Scientists pod to get involved in your area.
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