UNDEFINED – Mary Wissinger

As part of our UNDEFINED project, Ooh St. Lou will be sharing bios of the women featured in the original shoot.

Mary Wissinger writes stories that spark curiosity and connection. She loves singing, most often with the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus. She believes you should do that awesome thing you secretly want to do. Check out her work at www.marywissinger.com
Mary Wissinger writes stories that spark curiosity and connection. She loves singing, most often with the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus. She believes you should do that awesome thing you secretly want to do. Check out her work at www.marywissinger.com

Your name:

Mary Wissinger

What do you do?

I’m a writer! Most recently I’ve been writing children’s picture books about science, and the “My First Science Textbook” series is one of the Top 10 children’s publishing projects on Kickstarter. The current project I’m involved in is a three-book set featuring totally boss women of science.

What prompted you to take part in the UNDEFINED project?

Because it’s 2016 and come ON, folks, gender equality is where it’s at.

What stereotyping have you faced in your career, and how have you handled it?

Well, let me put it this way:

A few people have been shocked to learn that… they’d better sew on their own coat button because not every woman knows how. Networking events aren’t dating opportunities. Their sexist jokes are not amusing.

Yup. Those all happened. But if I was a bettin’ gal, I’d wager that most women have an arsenal of similar and far worse experiences.

©2016 OohStLou
©2016 OohStLou

Where can people find out more about you/what you do?

For kids books about badass female scientists who changed the world: bit.ly/ScienceWideOpen

For stories and books: www.marywissinger.com

For creativity and awesome events: www.chinupheartopen.com

Ed Note 10/26/16: There are only eight days left to get in on Mary’s current Kickstarter project! It’s completely funded, but you can still back it and get some awesome books here.


The UNDEFINED project explores and is a response to sexism in local media, for more information see our original post on the project. UNDEFINED will be on display at SOHA gallery in January 2017, visit the Facebook event page for more information on the show.

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