Hi. I’m Kennedy Quinn. If you’ve read my books you know that protagonist, Madison McKenna, grew up in a family where education was highly valued. My upbringing, though, was very different. I grew up in a world of poverty and violence, where education was seen as a waste of time and where women were viewed as intellectually inferior to men. I will never forget the condescending sneers shot my way as a young girl when I defiantly insisted that I was going to be a scientist. Now, believe me, it wasn’t easy! It took a lot of work and sacrifice. I obtained most of my education while working a full time job and my husband sacrificed right there with me to help me succeed. But it was so worth it! And while the attitudes that threatened to keep me poor, helpless and ignorant are less prevalent than they used to be, they are far from gone. The truth is that there are still many overt prejudices as well as subtle cultural attitudes that keep young people–women, minorities and the underprivileged especially–from getting a quality education in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Fortunately, there are many people out there who want to change that! If you, or someone you know, want help to pursue a STEM career I’ve listed a few websites below to look at. Defy the doubters; beat the odds; never, ever stop striving to be whoever you want to be.