As we lead up to International Womenâ€™s Day on March 8, let us celebrate Princess Shuriâ€™s achievements in making STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) stylish and serious. Shuri is the Princess of Wakandaâ€”played by actress Letitia Wright in Black Pantherâ€”who uses her genius in tech and design to develop advanced medical technologies, sound absorbing smart shoes and an interactive suit that is able to redistribute energy.
While Wrightâ€™s character Shuriâ€”brought to life by Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler and Costume Designer Ruth E. Carterâ€”only lives in Wakanda, she represents the possibilities for young girls and women interested in careers at the intersection of STEM and fashion. In the movie, Shuri is fierce, smart and stylish all at the same time. And most importantly, she shows us through her love for her family and country what it means to have true character.
Princess Shuri symbolizes what we can all look forward toâ€”particularly when we discuss innovative careers and opportunities at the intersection of fashion and technology. The future is very bright and the possibilities are endless right now for women in fashion tech. But in order to fully recognize the power of fashion tech and beauty tech we must continue to advocate for laws and global policies that help to fuel innovation, provide initial funding for cutting-edge research and startups, and invest in educational opportunities in the arts and humanities as well as STEM for all.
This International Womenâ€™s Day, letâ€™s celebrate the power of Princess Shuri and other amazing women in fashion tech.