Dana Scully from ‘The X-Files’ inspired real-life female scientists

Perhaps we should credit Dr. Dana Scully with more than just solving fictional paranormal mysteries.

“The X-Files” lead character played by Gillian Anderson inspired some real-life girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), a new survey suggests. Roughly half of women familiar with Scully’s character said she increased their interest in STEM, according to the survey published by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

Women who said they watch the show frequently were more likely than those who rarely watched it to study STEM in school — 28% of medium/heavy viewers versus 22% of non/light viewers — and to pursue a career in one of those fields — 24% of medium/heavy viewers versus 16% of non/light viewers.

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