SHE-LOGY: Women in STEM.
“Science is not a girl’s game.”
“Science is not a boy’s game. It’s not a girl’s game. It’s EVERYONE’s game. It’s about where we are and where we’re going.”
— Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, NASA volunteer who recruited female astronauts, including Sally Rice, first woman in space
Women are still underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math workforces.
Women comprise 48% of the U.S. workforce but just 24% of workers in STEM fields. (Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey).
We need to introduce more female role models in STEM, fictional or otherwise, to our young girls, especially to those who show strong interest in these fields. Their impact can be powerful and lasting. This doesn’t go to say that we should enforce a specific career path for our daughters. What our messages here are: these fields are ok for girls, too; they’re not restricted to boys; girls can be successful here too.
These 3 women testify how they were inspired in their young years (with very interesting sources of inspiration) to pursue a career in STEM. I added a little clip of their own work, hoping these inspire other girls too.
FROM INDIANA JONES TO SPACE ARCHEOLOGY
“When I was a kid we’d rent Indiana Jones movies on VHS tapes. It inspired a whole generation of scholars because we saw the excitement, and the passion, and the drama.”
— DR. SARAH PARCAK, Space Archaeologist. Who is she?
FROM SALLY RIDE TO NASA ASTRONAUT
“When I was in high school, I was certain that being an astronaut was my goal. It was a very important time — Sally Ride was making her first flight into space and she had a real impact on me.”
— KAREN NYBERG, Mechanical Engineer & NASA Astronaut. Who is she?
FROM PAC MAN TO SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
“When I was young I was very interested in science and technology, and my dad brought home the first computer. I played pac man and I was hooked!”
— REGINA AGYARE, Software Developer, Founder of software development company. Who is she?
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.