Miss World Guyana 2019: A beacon of hope for girls in STEM
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By STEM Caribbean | Posted on March 7, 2020
Joylyn Conway is a trailblazer who broke stereotypes in the world of pageantry and STEM. She placed in the top 40 out of 112 contestants at the Miss World International Competition in 2019 representing Guyana. She also won both rounds of the Head to Head Challenge, which guaranteed her a spot in the top 40. This challenge involved contestants publicly speaking about themselves and their Beauty with A Purpose (BWAP) campaigns.
The graduate of the University of Guyana is a motivated natural science fanatic who became passionate about chemistry while in secondary school after being gifted a chemistry book by her father. At the University of Guyana, she majored in chemistry and minored in biology. In 2016, she was the youngest graduate at the university’s campus in Berbice, Guyana. When she’s not building websites, watching crime shows, or volunteering, you can find her in a laboratory or lecturing science in a classroom.
During the Miss World 2019 competition, Joylyn used her global platform to empower and be a voice for women and girls in STEM, and those who aspire to be in STEM. For several weeks during her BWAP campaign, STEM Girl Glow, she hosted inspirational and engaging day camps for girls in rural communities.
Growing up as a girl in STEM, Joylyn faced her share of challenges in her community. But she chose to use her life experiences and inspire girls around the world, letting them know that they too can “glow” in STEM.
Joylyn’s STEM Girl Glow campaign was life-changing for many who participated and attended the camps. The young girls in Guyana walked away with a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to pursue careers in STEM. In the video below posted on Facebook by Miss World Guyana, you can see the excitement on the girls’ faces.
Throughout history, women have faced many challenges when pursuing male-dominated careers. Women like Joylyn, who overcame these challenges are beacons of hope for young girls around the world.
Joylyn could have chosen any other issue for her BWAP project, but instead, she decided to leave a positive impact on the lives of many who dream of pursuing STEM careers and change the perceptions of girls in STEM.
We were delighted to chat with her and learn more about experience and successes thus far. Read our conversation below.