Thursday, March 21, 2013

Science is a Girl's Best Friend

Poster by Alicia Tran
I'm truly excited to share with you a brand new article for National Women's History Month, written by Amanda Wrigglesworth, a.k.a. SkeptiKhaleesi.  I first ran across Amanda's work when I saw her "Women of Science" videos on youtube, in which Amanda provides portraits of outstanding women in science that you might not know much about.  You can access all of SkeptiKhaleesi's videos on her youtube channel, but please also visit the Articles page and read Amanda's essay on the past, present and future recognition of women in science.  In her essay, Amanda discusses reasons why women have been historically overlooked in the sciences, how perceptions of women in science are changing, and what we can do to promote that change.  Whether you're a woman with a career in science or a student hoping to become a scientist, you're sure to learn something from this article.

What do you think?  What can we do today to ensure that the accomplishments of our female scientists are recognized, and even more importantly, reinforce to our younger generations that scientists have been, are, and will continue to include females?  What can we do to teach our girls that anyone, male or female, can be a scientist if she is willing to work hard to reach her goals?  I want to hear your ideas, so leave a comment below!

And don't forget to check out SkeptiKhaleesi's videos.  Here is her most recent, on Rita Levi-Montalcini.  I guarantee you'll learn something new about a very cool, brainy lady!  Thanks so much, Amanda!

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