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Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: The Doc Is In

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Hello, friends and readers! In light of March being Women’s History Month, I’m channeling Beyoncé and thinking about girl power; more specifically, I’m thinking about girl power in fields dominated mostly by men, such as the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. I recently discovered the series “Frankenstein M.D.” from PBS Digital Studios and fell totally in love.

Aside from being a fan of “Frankenstein” (because who doesn’t love the possibility of a giant monster coming to life?), this series appealed to me because it explains the field of research science so that even an English major can understand it. The main character, Victoria Frankenstein, is a young (almost) doctor doing research in the medical field. The series covers her struggle to prove herself in the mainly male-dominated medical field and delves into her experiments, sometimes gone awry.

PBS Digital Studios’Victoria M.D.


The issue of women having to constantly prove themselves in the STEM fields is a very current one that should always be discussed. In the timeliest manner, a new installation art sculpture was placed facing the (in)famous bull of State Street just before International Women’s Day on March 8.

PBS NewsHour Fearless Girl, courtesy Reuters


The new sculpture features a little girl who has a defiant look on her face staring down the bull representing Wall Street. It was designed by Kristen Visbal and commissioned by State Street Global Advisors and McCann New York to put pressure on the companies of Wall Street to incorporate more women on their boards.

Between the Fearless Girl, Victoria Frankenstein and Beyoncé, I think girls are well on their way to making a huge impact in the world. So, visit Victoria Frankenstein on “Frankenstein M.D.” from PBS Digital Studios as she experiments on her assistant and climbs her way up the ladder to break the glass ceiling of the medical world! Then, go check out “Frankenstein” (because the book is always better) by Mary Shelley to support the theme of Women’s History Month in March.


“Frankenstein M.D.”

PBS Digital Studios

Mary Kate Mansfield is a senior at the University of Central Arkansas working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism and will graduate in December of 2017. She is also the editor of the UCA yearbook “The Scroll” and an intern for AETN’s Marketing and Outreach department.