Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Modern Women in STEM book project about?

Our purpose is to encourage young girls to pursue STEM by providing them with living examples of women who are succeeding in STEM: Ourselves!

Who can submit?

The Modern Women in STEM Book Project seeks inspiring women leaders in STEM to contribute to a collective memoir.

What can be submitted?

Your original, not previously published, personal story is eligible for submission.

Are my submissions protected?

By submitting any type of creative output to Modern Women in STEM (your story and photos), you agree that the content does not infringe or violate someone else’s copyrights.  You also grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non- exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide license to use your content and any associated materials submitted.

Can I share content from the Modern Women in STEM book project?

Sharing contents from is not allowed (prohibited) without the permission of the editorial board. If you wish to share and transfer any content, please ask for permission via our contact information. On a further note, if allowed, all shared content must be given appropriate attributions.

Do we have editorial rules?

Not really, we are looking for original, passionate, stories that describe your perseverance, spirit, brilliance, success, commitment, personal transformation or growth in a high-energy, inspirational style through words and pictures.

Is there a word limit to my story?

For publishing purposes, our current thinking is that stories from 1-3 pages long will be most appropriate.  However, we do not want to limit your creativity. Your story can be as long as you wish.  

Can I submit anonymously?

We understand that in order to best describe your experience anonymity may be important.  If your story is selected we can include it without disclosing your identity.

Will somebody preview my submission before it is published?

Yes, one of our editors will preview and edit your submission as needed.  The editor may revise your text, but will not change any meaning from your text.  The editor is also able to make remarks and further revisions on your writing and contact you if she has a proposal of how your writing can be improved and enhanced. 

What is a collaborative memoir?

A collaborative memoir is whereby several individuals write their reflections about moments or events, public and/or private, that took place in their life.

How do I contact you?

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What happens if my story is selected?

If your work is selected and the book is successfully published, contributing writers will receive 2 free contributor copies and a discount on additional copies of the book.

Who is the target reader?

The target readership for this book is envisioned to be girls 8-12 years old (4th to 6th grade levels).  Vanessa Vakharia, who runs The Math Guru science and math tutoring studio says negative perceptions about math and science abilities begin at surprisingly young ages for girls. Many studies have shown that girls as early as age six start developing the idea that they're not inherently good at math.  For that reason, it's important to focus on fostering interests in math and sciences in girls from a young age, and to work to counter negative perceptions they might start developing.  

Scholastic, in conjunction with YouGov, conducted its biannual survey to explore family attitudes and behaviors around reading books for fun. The key findings of this research, based on a nationally representative sample of 2,718 parents and children, showing that 43% of respondents wanted books that "Have characters I wish I could be like because they are smart, strong or brave."  See more details below.