Black engineer says she intentionally wears her braids in the science lab

More and more black women are shamelessly flaunting their black hairstyles in their work environment.

Fionnghuala “Fig” O’Reilly is a 29-year-old black engineer making an impact in the STEM industry by sporting her braided hair in the science lab.

According to Yahoo Life, O’Reilly, born to an American mother and Irish father, intentionally wears her hair in cornrows in an effort to amplify inclusion in the STEM workforce.

“Representation has so much impact for the next generation, and I intentionally make the effort to present myself [as] myself in these spaces where we are not often seen at all,” she told the outlet.

The engineer posted a photo of herself on Twitter earlier in December rocking cool cornrows while in the lab.

Her post went viral and many social media users started sharing their thoughts and experiences on black hairstyles in the workplace.

O’Reilly said she was “very happy to see so many people being proud and happy and feeling inspired. These are the messages that meant so much to me, because they reached so many people.

She’s a correspondent on CBS Unstoppable mission with Miranda Cosgrovea show that spotlights women working in various STEM careers.

“The purpose of this show is to show women from a variety of STEM fields and what it’s like to work in their jobs and one thing that’s important to us on the show is to feature women from a variety of backgrounds. So I intentionally present myself as myself, as I normally would with my hair in a wide range of natural hair styles, because that’s how I present myself in life,” O’Reilly said. at Yahoo Life.

O’Reilly previously defied society’s beauty standards while competing for Miss Universe Ireland in 2019, wearing her natural curls instead of straightening her hair for the competition.

“I think people realize now more than ever why this job is important, why coming forward as a woman in STEM, just like myself is important. And if it inspires others, I hope it brings more women into the fold.

O’Reilly extended his passion for inclusion by recruiting and mentoring Black women pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.

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