Girls! (And women in science)
Today is the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Lets celebrate this day by encouraging and supporting girls to pursue their interests in science. Science is great, who isn’t interested in stars, dinosaurs, experiments, and finding the answers to all of life’s questions? Why does orange juice taste bad after brushing your teeth? Because toothpaste is a base and orange juice is an acid. Science!
Despite science being awesome and interesting women and girls are still under represented in the field. I read a great post on Quartz about how we don’t need to convince girls that science is cool instead we need to address the discrimination that causes the under representation. By doing this we can show females that they are not under represented in Science because boys are naturally inquisitive and scientific while girls are less able. We instead show that this is a problem caused by gender discrimination. Knowing this can make girls feel more confident in their abilities as well as more confident in challenging the notion that they do not belong in scientific fields.
NASA’s current class of astronauts is 50% female. This is a “giant leap for (wo)mankind”. If this continues hopefully soon we will not need an International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
I’m going to wrap this up by telling you who my favourite ladies of science are:
First and foremost, Jane Goodall. Anthropologists rule the world! (or they should anyway). Plus the woman can pretty much converse with chimps, which is pretty awesome.
Rachel Carson is also great, She inspired the Environmental Protection Agency which is just so cool. I wanted to be a marine biologist when I was a kid, it was my dream to hang out with Dolphins all day.
Who are your favourite females in science? I would love to hear about them