12 inspirational quotes from women who rock STEM

Editor’s note: In celebration of International Day of the Girl (October 11) and Ada Lovelace Day (October 14), Leading Women is devoting the month of October to women and girls in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.

(CNN) — Girls don’t do science.

If that’s the stereotype, then good luck telling that to these women.

From space archaeologists, to racing car drivers, and Higgs Boson physicists, here are 12 ladies with some of the world’s coolest jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

But it wasn’t always this way. Growing up, some were told "You’re OK for a girl," or "If you’re beautiful, you can’t also be smart."

Luckily for us, they didn’t take much notice.

We take a look at their most inspirational quotes.

9. Regina Agyare, Founder of software company Soronko Solutions

"When I was young I was very interested in science and technology, and my dad brought home the first computer. I played pac man and I was hooked!

By learning to create technology, girls learn to speak up."

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