“Not the Science Type,” a four-part docuseries produced by 3M in partnership with Generous Films and AAAS, celebrates four female scientists who confront stereotypes as they rise to prominence in their fields.
The film was inspired by the results of 3M’s 2021 State of Science Index, a research project across 17 countries that tracks global attitudes about science. Among this year’s key findings: While consensus remains that there is a need for more people in science, technology, engineering and math careers, boys are still encouraged more than girls in STEM, and substantial barriers remain for people of color.
The goal of “Not the Science Type” is to inspire a dialogue about STEM equity and inclusion. The film showcases two AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors, Dr. Ciara Sivels, a nuclear engineer and the first Black woman to receive her PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan, and Dr. Jessica Taaffe, a microbiologist by training who is on a mission to advance global health through science. These two inspiring women are featured along with Dr. Jayshree Seth, Chief Science Advocate at 3M, and Gitanjali Rao, TIME Magazine’s 2020 Kid of the Year. The deeply personal stories they share about their experiences relay a message of perseverance and hope as they overcome inherent biases and break through boundaries to show all that is possible.