By Natalie Hahn – Reinvented Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, this month announced the launch of their magazine’s first issue. Reinvented Magazine is the first of its kind, revolutionizing the classic fashion and beauty magazine young women crave with their addition of content featuring inspiring stories of women in STEM defying the odds in their field and articles covering the latest tech news.
“Growing up I was always excited to read the latest issue of Seventeen, but once I discovered my passion for engineering I started losing interest,” said Caeley Looney, Founder and Editor in Chief of Reinvented Magazine. Caeley is a recent graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she earned her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Now, she works full-time at Harris Corporation as a Mission Analyst where she plays an integral role in the modeling and simulation of their Small Satellites. “I didn’t care what styles were in that season or who the hottest celebs were, I wanted to read about what my role models were up to.”
Naturally, Caeley mentioned her idea to start this magazine in the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Facebook group (an online group of girls from all around the nation pursuing careers in STEM), and the response was tremendous. Quickly, she was able to form a team of young women and men ranging from high school students to professionals from all corners of the country who shared her passion.
According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, women make up only 29% of the science and engineering workforce. Caeley urges that, “in order to see a change in the professional world, we need to start at the beginning by showing our daughters, sisters, and friends female role models in STEM fields at a young age.”
Their magazine’s first issue will do exactly that through content including an exclusive interview with former CTO of the United States, Megan Smith, as well as articles ranging in topic from diversity and inclusion initiatives to coverage of the Orion Launch Abort Test this July. Other expected highlights include an inside look at Holdette, a fashion company that works to bring clothes with usable pockets into the spotlight, a DIY Section provided by Reinvented’s partner Beauty and the Bolt, and an Advice Column.
While there are many magazines geared towards female readers, Reinvented is the nation’s first print magazine to be dedicated solely to young women aspiring to be scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.
“Reinvented is a passion project that I honestly never thought would end up turning into something real. I’ve been told countless times that women want our content, and I’m excited to be able to bring it to them”, said Caeley. “This magazine will not only be the first to inspire young girls to explore STEM fields, but it will empower women already in STEM careers to continue making waves.”
The Reinvented team also aims to make their magazine’s content accessible to everyone, including girls in low income or rural areas without consistent access to computers. Their One-for-One Program model donates one copy of the magazine to girls in these areas for every one copy bought.
Pre-sales for the magazine’s first issue, both print and digital copies, have started, with an initial availability/shipping date set for August. Orders can be placed through the magazine’s current crowdfunding campaign on Women You Should Fund.