Studies show X-Files' Dana Scully has positive impact on women in STEM careers

In honor of Women's History Month, we're celebrating The X-Files' Dana Scully, portrayed by Gillian Anderson.

FOX released the following information about their new initiative in a release on Wednesday:

"Research has shown The X-Files initiated what’s been called “THE SCULLY EFFECT,” a phenomenon that saw an influx of women pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers thanks to the positive representation of Agent Scully."

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"To find out more about “The Scully Effect,” 21st Century Fox partnered with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to carry out a research survey of women across the US. The study found a correlation between women who were familiar with, or fans of, THE X-FILES and its influence on their career choices."

"Some highlights include:

  1. Nearly two-thirds of women in the study who work in STEM say Dana Scully served as a role model.
  2. More than 90% of women in the study who are familiar with THE X-FILES agree that Dana Scully is a strong female character and a role model for women and girls."

"Women who regularly watched THE X-FILES are 50% more likely to work in STEM than women who watch it less frequently, or not at all."

Share with us how YOU have been inspired by Dana Scully and Gillian Anderson by using the #ScullyEffect tag on social media.