Talking STEM jobs for Girls with the ‘GH Gadget Girl’ – Rachel Rothman, USA
What’s the coolest job out there? Of course, it depends on who you ask, but Rachel Rothman’s job ranks right up there. Rothman – also known as the “GH Gadget Girl” – oversees consumer product testing methodology, implementation, and reporting for six labs at the Good Housekeeping Institute, and manages the Good Housekeeping Seal and Green Good Housekeeping Seal. She has evaluated thousands of products during her tenure there, including toys for the magazine’s annual Toy Awards, dozens of cars in conjunction with Car and Driver, and countless innovative, breakthrough products of all kinds.
Rothman basically gets to play with gadgets, toys, beauty products and cars before anyone else – and then shares her discoveries and favorites with all of us. That’s a cool job.
And as a female engineer, Rothman knows first-hand how hard it can be to get students – especially girls – excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. So she has made it her goal to create an encouraging, inspiring ecosystem for women of all ages to excel in the world of STEM.
“Over 50 percent of the workforce is made up of women, but less than 25 percent are in STEM careers,” says Rothman. “[At the Good Housekeeping Institute Labs] we have chemical engineers, we have chemists, we have biologists, we have a registered dietician, and a mechanical engineer. It’s science in action, and really fun, real-life scenarios. We have people testing beauty products, and we have people looking at the workout pants that you’re wearing or we have people testing the latest tablet. It’s all the products that you’re seeing everyday in life, and these engineers and scientists are putting them through their paces.”
As part of testing gadgets and technology, Rothman and her colleagues help parents navigate the technology landscape, and provide them with insight into what products can help their kids and families.
“I think for parents, it’s overwhelming,” says Rothman. “So if we can provide different nuggets of information like, ‘this is a great app,’ or [if we can highlight] something that kids are doing that [parents] would find relatable [and where] you can incorporate some educational components, then that’s really important as well.”
Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Rachel Rothman!
Consumer Product Influencer, Technical Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute
New York, New York, USA