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The hidden women of STEM - Alexis Scott


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Did you know some extraordinary women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math feel invisible in their fields? In this TEDxMountainViewCollege Talk, Alexis Scott explores what it means to be a female hidden figure in STEM and what one can do to change it.

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