It’s August in South Africa, which means a month of celebrating women and all that we are capable of. Despite the mis-led comments of one un-informed local CEO, there are plenty of accomplished young women launching successful careers in male dominated STEM fields, many of them doing so while navigating significant financial obstacles, or raising children, and often lacking professional support.

We spoke to Ndoni Mcunu, founder of Black Women in Science (BWIS), to find out what South African women who seek a career in the sciences can do to prepare themselves for success.

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Update: This article was republished in the SDG Bulletin South Africa, which is curated by the United Nations in South Africa, the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, and the SA SDG Hub.