I used to watch the X-Files frequently. I think it was an intelligent series that contained sophisticated, paranormal stories and two powerful main characters, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
Scully was a multifaceted FBI agent with a strong morality and a drive to find the truth. She struggles between her FBI loyalties and her growing belief in Mulder’s theories.
It should come as no surprise that there is something known as the Scully Effect.
The Scully Effect is a term used to describe the phenomenon in which the character Dana Scully has inspired a generation of women to pursue careers in science and related fields.
Scully, an FBI agent with a scientific and medical background, was a strong and talented woman in a male-dominated field.
After receiving messages from fans who said Scully inspired them to study science, actress Gillian Anderson [Scully] came up with the phrase “Scully Effect.“
Several studies have been done since then to look at the Scully Effect, and some of them suggest that the character may have had a real effect on the careers that women chose.
In 2018, 21st Century Fox discovered that 63% of women in STEM areas saw Scully as a role model and 91% thought the character improved public opinion of women in science.
It’s hard to quantify the Scully Effect, but the character of Dana Scully has had a lasting impact on popular culture and women’s STEM portrayal.
Learning from the Scully Effect may be of great assistance to anyone working in the field of promoting entrepreneurship.
Role models: Like Scully, successful entrepreneurs can inspire potential entrepreneurs, especially those from disadvantaged groups. Successful entrepreneurs, especially those who overcame obstacles, might inspire others to become entrepreneurs.
Representation: The Scully Effect shows how favourable portrayal in popular culture can change people’s views of a profession or career. Diversity in media, marketing, and other public platforms can help break stereotypes and biases and inspire more people, especially black women to become tech and science entrepreneurs.
Education and training: Entrepreneurs need financial management, marketing, and leadership abilities. Accessible, inclusive education and training programs that emphasize successful entrepreneurs from varied backgrounds can inspire more people to become entrepreneurs.
The Scully Effect demonstrates the power of media representation in shaping the career aspirations and choices of individuals.
Just as Scully’s character inspired a generation of women to pursue careers in STEM fields, media representation of entrepreneurship can inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams and make a positive impact on the world.
“I want to believe” is Scully’s catchphrase. This phrase shows her character’s scepticism and scientific attitude to paranormal investigations, as well as her openness to new ideas.
In my opinion, “I want to believe” might serve as a rallying cry for entrepreneurs to adopt a more sceptical, open, and optimistic mindset.
2 thoughts on “The Scully effect + Entrepreneurship”
I love how Gillian Anderson’s character Scully had such a profound effect on the STEM field! Her professionalism was an inspiration to many, including myself.
Thank you Nancy for making the decision to pursue the STEM field. We need more like you. Keep up the great work 🙂