The Untapped Genius That Could Change Science
Dr. Jedidah Isler explains how she beat the odds, becoming 1 of 18 black women in the United States to have ever earned a PhD in a physics-related discipline.
(Photography: Jedidah Isler)
“I am both black and a woman. Like the birth of stars in the heavenlies, this robust combination of knowing results in a shining example of the explosive fusion of identities. I am also an astrophysicist.”
Dr. Jedidah Isler dreamt of becoming an astrophysicist since she was a young girl, but the odds were against her. At that time, only 18 black women in the United States had ever earned a PhD in a physics-related discipline. In this personal talk, she shares the story of how she became the first black woman to earn a PhD in astrophysics from Yale. She also shares her deep belief in the value of diversity in science and other STEM fields. “Do not think for one minute that because you are who you are, you cannot be who you imagine yourself to be,” she says. “Hold fast to those dreams and let them carry you into a world you can’t even imagine.”
(Photography: Ryan Lash)