Dimple Shah from When Dimple Met Rishi is thrilled when her parents agree to let her attend a summer program for aspirating web developers. Dimple is as incredibly caring as she is intelligent, which is why she’s intent on developing a game that will help her father keep better track of his health and monitor his diabetes without feeling dread and anxiety. Dimple’s character demonstrates that intelligence, confidence, and craftiness are all things to be admired. She also shows that these traits definitely don’t have to be sacrificed in the name of love.
It’s refreshing to see female characters in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) since the field has historically been predominately made up of men. As I was researching for this post, I realized that there’s still not an abundance of YA books depicting girls interested in STEM subjects. The following list is made up of girls in YA who are interested in science, math, technology, and changing the world (NBD). I hope to see many more young women just as awesome as Dimple in the near future—both in books and in real life.
Let us know in the comments if you have any other recommendations for further reading about brainy science ladies who rule!