Halloween Costume Hacks for Female Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Mathematicians and MORE!


For the annual celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and math – “Ada Lovelace Day” – we celebrate the women engineers who have climbed the ladder to leadership positions. Women make up 5% of the technology industry and yet fill only 9% of executive roles in the field. These women executives who can code are role models who inspire, motivate and give back to the next generation of female technologists by blogging and speaking.By Angie Chang (Director of Growth, Hackbright Academy)

Here at Hackbright Academy, we find students dress up as programming languages for Halloween – last year’s Ruby on Rails (that’s Lisa to the left), and Python with Flask (that’s Sanby to the right) are perfect examples.

The tech set in Silicon Valley are a jolly bunch.

In fact, it doesn’t have to be Halloween party for Google’s first female engineer and current Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer to don a purple Y! costume in a show of company pride.

Halloween is coming up yet again and what better time to show your pride in STEM women – the scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians with merit and magnitude. Let’s get the names of these amazing women in STEM out there in the world, starting this Halloween! From funny to amazing to kind of obscure, if you’re wondering what to be for Halloween, here are nine DIY-friendly, awesome Halloween costumes to help get the party (and the conversation) started:

SCIENTISTS: Marie Curie, Lise Meitner, Rosalind Franklin

To make a Marie Curie costume, all you really need is a long black dress and a few radioactive-looking props (for a truly unique halloween costume, find props that glow green). And thanks to Take Back Halloween, check out these DIY/instructional guides on dressing up as Lise Meitner (who discovered nuclear fission) or Rosalind Franklin (a chemist/crystallographer with a huge, unsung role in the discovery of DNA).

TECHNOLOGISTS: Ada Lovelace, Admiral Grace Hopper

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of a Ada Lovelace costume. If you didn’t know who Ada Lovelace is, she is credited with being the “the world’s first computer programmer” – in fact, she was 100 years before her time! Speaking on visionaries, Admiral Grace Hopper wrote the first programming language (the basis for COBOL) – just find a white officer costume with insignia-ladden shoulder boards. Be sure to talk about debugging and nano-seconds…

ENGINEERS: Serenity’s Kaylee, Star Trek’s B’Elanna Torres

How about some positive female characters from sci-fi? Joss Whedon’s cult show Firefly featured the ship mechanic-in-a-jumper Kaylee as the girl-next-door. Also, Star Trek’s Klingon-Human hybrid B’Elanna Torres was Chief Engineer on the Federation starship USS Voyager under Captain Kathryn Janeway. And here are tons of engineer costumes for little girls.

MATHEMATICIANS: Danica McKellar, Hypatia

Wonder Years star and all-around beauty Danica McKellar (who played Winnie Cooper) earned her bachelor’s degree in math at UCLA and has a second career as a math advocate, authoring books titled “Kiss My Math,” “Hot X: Algebra Exposed” and “Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape.”

Mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria existed over a dozen centuries ago and is credited with inventing the hydrometer. And while there are no known images of Hypatia, you can fashion your own Hypatia costume by wrapping yourself with fabric to form a chiton – and to help explain and educate others, don’t forget the “Hello my name is” name tag that reads “Hypatia”. You can also take a cue from the 2009 film Agora starring Rachel Weisz as Hypatia (below).

Feminist hulk wearing a blonde wig could be a female scientist…

Thanks to Sukrutha Raman Bhadouria and Christina Liu for contributing ideas to this awesome Halloween costumes list! Leave your own ideas for STEM costumes in the comments below.

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