As if you needed another reason to love Big Bang Theory. With its witty dialogue and its hilarious one liners, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the highest ranking shows on TV right now. It’s even got its very own Lego set!
The show breaks male/female stereotypes by featuring women in STEM. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch came on to the series in season 3. However, when they came on, you almost couldn’t imagine the show without them. Both entered the show with their own unique personality and backstory.
Mayim Bialik, who plays Sheldon’s girlfriend on the show, is actually a neuroscientist in real life. Science is her passion as well as females being represented in the STEM field. She had this to say about women in science and why she is passionate about it:
“It’s really neat that I get to play a neuroscientist on TV, but I think every student is inspired by something different. That’s why it’s important for us as teachers–and people in the position to mentor–to be able to provide girls with as many realistic science situations as possible. To show them that not everyone starts as a scientist but you can still be interested in it later in life. Or how some people want to work in the laboratory and other people want to work in the field—you know to really show the depth of the science experience both personally and professionally.
So as far as my own passion, it’s nice to play a scientist on TV and that, I suppose, makes me a role model. But I also think it’s wonderful to be able to use that platform to be able to influence—hopefully positively—young girls and to show that science is cool.”
It’s no surprise that typically men get paid more than women in the working industry. However, it’s surprising to learn that both Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch reportedly make twenty percent less than what their male co-stars make. But the male stars of Big Bang Theory have made a step to change that. They have reportedly took a $100,000 pay cut in order to give the two female leads a much deserved pay raise!
Mayim and Melissa are vital members of the show. Both of their on screen characters are experiencing huge milestones as Amy gave up her V-Card to Sheldon, and Bernadette is having a baby girl!
So show your support for these two characters and tune in to Big Bang Theory on CBS Thursdays at 8/7c.