Artist encourages young women to get involved in STEM


SARASOTA – Kindness and diversity is a message that is being spread to children at Bayfront Park.

Judith Carlin is an artist who has been accepted in to the exhibit and she is telling young females to get involved in STEM.

“Women are very underrepresented in these fields and girls are good at these fields, but they’re not encouraged to go into them, but they should be encouraged,” said Carlin.

Her motivation for creating Kate’s Changing the World came from watching her husband’s career as a scientist.

“I go to a lot of seminars and conferences with him. So I am surrounded by men. You can count the amount of men on one hand and I thought this is crazy,” said Carlin.

Carlin became a painter in September of 2006 after her mom died from Alzheimer’s Disease.

“I wanted something that I could do by myself from start to finish anytime anywhere. So I like the autonomy of painting even though I had never painted,” said Carlin.

The Executive Director of Embracing Our Differences, Sarah Wertheimer, says, “Her talent is just immeasurable. We’re so lucky to have her and she continues to travel down from New York almost every year to see her piece, that’s how important it is to her.”

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Jessika Ward is a Sarasota native and an award-winning multimedia journalist. She joined the Suncoast News Network in February of 2018 and is happy to be back in her hometown. Jessika won three Florida Associated Press Awards while a student at Florida A&M University. Prior to coming to SNN, Jessika interned with WWSB ABC7 and worked as a videographer/editor at WTXL ABC27 in Tallahassee. ​​Jessika Ward is a proud rattler and Historically Black College and University (HBCU) advocate. She shares her HBCU experience in "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” a documentary about the history and future of HBCU's that was presented in the Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS. Jessika's hobbies include photography, watching independent films, watching sports, and reading a good book.


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