SHE-LOGY: Girls and Science
3 Irish teen girls compete with Malala and the Obamas in 2014 for TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Teens of the Year.
Émer Hickey, 17, Ciara Judge, 16, and Sophie Healy-Throw, 17, have been included in TIME Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Teens of the Year last year.
TIME’s write-up for them says, “The trio from County Cork, Ireland took home the grand prize at the Google Science Fair after wowing the judges with their discovery: Diazotroph, a bacteria that sucks nitrogen from the atmosphere into soil, speeding up the germination of cereal crops like barley and oats and — more importantly — increasing their yield. This advance could play a crucial role in solving the global food crisis, and Judge, Hickey and Healy-Thow are already planning to commercialise it.”
About the Girls:
Their Entry to Google Fair 2014:
I may not be able to fully translate the scientific process of their research to my daughter, but I am definitely introducing them to her. These girls are so inspiring — young girls can do science!
This message is important because of the dwindling number of girls pursuing their love for science as they grow up. There is that perception that science is a “boy thing”, partly due to the lack of female names in science books. There’s Galileo, Einstein, Newton. And just Marie Curie? There is a need to have more household names of female scientists. We need to empower our young girls. There is so much potential there that will remain untapped if we allow them to limit themselves.
SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for reading this.