Seeing black lead characters who are accomplished scientists could be just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
STEM professionals who change careers to become teachers are often intrinsically motivated, and can help engage kids in STEM subjects with their real-world experience.
Mirzakhani blazed to the top of her field due to her talent. But who she was and where she came from also make her a role model for those from underrepresented demographics in the world of math.
More young women and girls could be encouraged to look to a career in science thanks to the new Superstars in STEM project.
Letters from would-be girl astronauts in the 1960s tell part of the complicated story of sexism – in both NASA and the US at large – at the dawn of the space age.