#GirlsWithToys hashtag - part 59

What is this hashtag about? In short: the hashtag was born out of casual sexism by a male scientist. To read more about what spurred this response, read Kate Clancy’s (creator of the hashtag) article below:

Girls With Toys: This is what real scientists look like.

View my other posts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15, part 16, part 17, part 18,part 19, part 20, part 21, part 22, part 23, part 24, part 25, part 26, part 27, part 28part 29, part 30, part 31, part 32, part 33, part 34, part 35, part 36, part 37, part 38,part 39, part 40, part 41, part 42, part 43, part 44, part 45, part 46, part 47, part 48part 49, part 50, part 51, part 52, part 53, part 54, part 55, part 56part 57 and part 58.

One Graduation, Two Diplomas

Math. Science. History. English. Repeat. When you’re a student, at some point the goal is to figure out what exactly you’re good at. But what if you know your passion early on? P-TECH, an education model co-founded and inspired by IBM, gives ninth graders the opportunity to earn an Associates Degree in a technology discipline by the time they complete high school. Cletus, Kiambu, Michelle, Gabriel, Radcliffe and Rahat are the first graduates. And with so much buzz about how to improve education in America, these six bright minds just might pave the way for more science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) programs to come.

It’s Friday!

That’s his first response. Can’t blame him. 

Every morning on the way to daycare for at least the last 4 months I ask Harry what day it is. Every morning he sings the days of the week song (to the tune of Clementine) a few times while I give hints like, “Yesterday was Monday…Tomorrow is Wednesday…What day comes after Monday and before Wednesday?”

This morning after the obligatory Friday response I said “Think about it before you answer” because 3 year olds do a lot of blurting. He paused and then said, “It’s Tuesday!”. I am super proud of him. 

Also, he wanted to see what Earth looked like and then what Mars looked like and told me that Mars was HOT because it was red, but then we learned it’s really cold. Three is such a fun age when he slows down from being a whirling dervish. 


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Sally Ride was the first American woman in space. Google just honored her in a really cool way.

Sally Ride was the first American woman to travel to space

Born on May 26, 1951, Sally Ride is best known for being the first American woman — and third woman overall — to travel to space. Since Ride’s June 1983 flight, dozens of other American women have completed missions for NASA. In total, more than 50 women have ventured into space.

She died in 2012 at the age of 61 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Google honored her by putting together a series of four Sally Ride-themed doodles in honor of what would have been her 64th birthday.

Read her life partner Tam O'Shaughnessy’s amazing blog about Sally Ride’s legacy here.

rationalhippie asked:

I think #girlswithtoys just proved that women in stem issue is baseless, and all this hyperbolic "women don't go to stem because sexism" has zero credibility. Look at all these female scientists!!! All of them exceptions?

You’re so wrong its laughable. The reason the hashtag is important is because it highlights successful women in STEM careers which gives aspiring scientists role models and encouragement to succeed. Are you really arguing that a few thousands photos of women in Science suddenly means that women are equal in STEM fields? Nothing could be further from the truth.

I’m a man, and even I understand this. I am the one who has been creating and sharing these photosets ( shychemist is my personal blog), because I realize how important movements like this are. Even when women get into stem fields, rampant sexism, discrimination and unequal treatement can push them out.

Any opportunity I get I will encourage women in STEM fields. They deserve to be there and succeed just as much as a man.

Let me educate you:


Columbia Business School experiments show that hiring managers chose men twice as often for careers in science, technology, engineering and math

Bias Persists for Women of Science, a Study Finds

Science professors at American universities widely regard female undergraduates as less competent than male students with the same accomplishments and skills, a new study by researchers at Yale concluded.

As a result, the report found, the professors were less likely to offer the women mentoring or a job. And even if they were willing to offer a job, the salary was lower.

This is a must read which goes deeply into why women are discouraged and discriminated against in STEM fields:

Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?

Here’s some more:

Women Deterred From Many Fields by Stereotypes of ‘Brilliance’

Teacher Prejudices Put Girls Off Math, Science

Sexual Harassment and Assault Prove Common During Scientific Field Studies

Women Scientists Share Their Awful Stories Of Sexism In Publishing

Sexism In Science? UK Study Finds Women Scientists Get Fewer Grants, Less Funding Than Male Counterparts

Gender Inequality in STEM Fields

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, fields are exceedingly male dominated with women making up only 24 percent of such occupations in the United States. Starting from a young age, girls are made to believe that their abilities are not sufficient enough satisfy the requirements in such ‘complicated’ fields and that boys are just more suitable for such jobs. Many are taught and that even if they were to take interest in such subjects, it would be unnecessary since the fields are male dominated and they would never be able to excel in them. Overall societal pressures and expectations force women to conform to gender norms that hinder their participation and development in STEM fields. Gender inequality in STEM fields reflect hierarchical system that further discourages women from working in them.

Gender disparities in scientific field expectations start at a young age. Researchers such as Sadker and Zittleman suggest that the classroom environment in elementary schools often favor boys over girls as studies showed that “teachers called on boys more, commented more on their work, and praised them more” , creating a discouraging environment for young girls making them feel less competent in academic fields. Corroborated by researcher, Andre found that boys in the same grade feel they have a higher proficiency in physical sciences than girls , leading to girls in grades 4-6 often feeling that boys are better at math and sciences, particularly physical sciences. A decrease in science ability perception for students in grades 5-8 existed for girls only ; these misconceptions reflect career aspirations as a report by the US Department of Education found that, “boys were more than twice as likely as girls to aspire to be scientists or engineers (9 and 3 percent, respectively)” as early as the eighth grade . This evidence points to a societal perception that young girls experience and believe that science is for boys and not for girls. While these girls were taught names of great scientists such as Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Galileo Galilei, all who were males, they were never exposed to any female professionals in such fields. Without any women role models to look up to, the girls were subconsciously made to believe that women were just not fit to do such jobs. This perception continued to exist in the home as well as the school with even parents having higher expectations for boys’ scientific abilities ; girls had no place to stand in STEM subjects.

Even after entering STEM majors, women continue to face societal pressures and negative stereotypes about their abilities in colleges. A survey of college freshmen by the Higher Education Research Institute showed that 29 percent of male freshmen planned to enter STEM majors while only 15 female freshmen planned to enter similar majors. Gender roles tie women to certain fields even within STEM that are more generally seen as jobs for ‘caregivers’ as seen in 1999 while 4 percent of women and 20 percent of men planned to major in computer science and engineering, in biological or health sciences, the percentages between men and women were very similar. At post-secondary level, women were less likely to earn a degree in STEM fields than men, with the exception to this gender imbalance is in the life sciences. Historically biological sciences were tied with medical fields that were seen as ‘nurturing’ acts, tied with women’s place in society. This ties back in with women’s childhoods in which they were encouraged to believe that they did not have the mental capacity to analyze mathematical concepts as sufficiently as boys. This has nothing to do with actual ability, however as, on average, high school girls take more math and science credits and earn higher grades in these subjects than boys. Women also have higher GPAs on average than men in all majors, including STEM majors. The fact that there is no disparity between men and women in their STEM ability, and that elementary school girls and boys generally have equal interest in science suggests that there are societal expectations prevent women from entering STEM majors as they mature.

The workforce also demonstrates gender inequality in STEM fields. This inequality is often measured by the pay gap, as “women working full time in engineering and architecture earned only about 93 percent of what their male colleagues earned. While women engineers and architects earn an average of 105 percent of their male colleagues in their first year out of college, attributing to efforts to encourage girls to enter engineering fields, this gap soon reversed over time. As much as 38% of female students who remained in STEM fields expressed concerns that they would be in a better financial situation if they had not taken up these male dominated careers, leading them to experience less satisfaction with the workplace environment in STEM fields than men as evidenced by their greater faculty turnover (Xu 2008). Despite women being equally committed to their jobs, the STEM workplace is more supportive to men than women. At work, the bosses expect less participation in the job from women than from men (Xu 2008), suppressing them from expressing their full potential. Even after thirty years since Congress’s outlawing of sex discrimination in education, the gender divided in career and technical education (CTE) has narrowed barely at all (Toglia 2013).

With constant suppression from society, women cannot prosper or enter as a dominant figure in scientific fields. To allow more women to participate in such fields, it is essential that the same academic opportunities are given to girls as the boys at an early stage at their lives. Without an equal distribution of gender in specific STEM roles, a hierarchical society will continue to build, going against the foundation of American ideals focusing on equality for all. Women are constantly undermined for their abilities to perform adequately in technological fields and are forced to conform under such misconceptions. The patriarchal stereotypes trap women seeking an opportunity in STEM fields in the United States of America.

Works Cited
Toglia, Thomas V. “Gender Equity Issues In CTE And STEM Education.” Tech Directions 72.7 (2013): 14-17. Academic Search Complete. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.

Xu, Yonghong. “Gender Disparity In STEM Disciplines: A Study Of Faculty Attrition And Turnover Intentions.” Research In Higher Education 49.7 (2008): 607-624. Academic Search Complete. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.

I really could go on and on and on, but I really hope this is enough. I encourage you and everyone else to read all about this and leave your prejudiced notions behind.


Why today’s Google Doodle in tribute to former NASA Astronaut Sally Ride is so special. 

Courtesy of WashPost

Sally Ride, this trailblazing astronaut turned physics professor, for so long keenly studied — and then for so long taught — the laws of bodies in motion as one thread in her lifelong work in science and technology. So it’s especially fitting that Google unveils a “Behind the Doodle” animation that allows us to see Ride’s own inspiring life-trajectory in motion.

Sally Ride, in so many ways, still seems right out of central casting, as if the tale of an American space star was dreamt up in Los Angeles — where, in fact, she was born.

Google so often animates its home-page Doodles, but today, to celebrate what would have been Ride’s 64th birthday, the California tech titan devotes a charming two-and-a-half-minute animated video not only to Ride’s accomplishments, but also to how her Doodle was launched.

Artist Olivia Huynh narrates her approach to today’s series of Doodle animations, tracing Ride’s life from nationally ranked junior tennis player and then Stanford doctoral student to the ad that would change the course and mission of her life: She was one of about 8,000 people who responded to the notice by applying to become an astronaut. In 1978, she joined NASA, where she would remain for nearly a decade, twice flying aboard the Challenger space shuttle.

On her first mission in 1983, Ride became the first American woman in space, the youngest person ever in space (age 32) and the first known LGBT person in space.

As the first woman to launch into space, Sally Ride was a role model for generations of young women, UCSD chancellor Marye Anne Fox said upon Ms. Ride’s death. She was the epitome of bravery and courage. She dedicated her life and career to advancing science and technology, and encouraging young students to reach for the stars.

Ride was an American hero and stratospheric trailblazer who devoted her life to pushing the limits of space and inspiring young girls to succeed in math and science careers, California state Sen. Ricardo Lara said earlier this year. Lara has been pushing for Ride’s likeness to be included in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall — two years after she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

What has been missing in many programs around the country is diverse role models in science and engineering, Tam O’Shaughnessy told the Los Angeles Times in February, in vocal support of Lara’s campaign. O’Shaughnessy, Ride’s longtime partner and leader of Sally Ride Science, wrote Google’s blog post about today’s Doodle.

In case the world needed further reminding of gender inequality, LGBTQ rights, why feminism, and the powerful social media influence that is #GirlswithToys, look no further than Sally Ride’s #FightforSpace.

Continue reading the rest of the WashPost article here

Also, explore io9′s feature on ‘The Secret Life Of Sally Ride’ as well as the trials and tribulations she encountered due to being the “first American woman in space” (and the gender stereotypes she navigated because of it) in a MOTHERBOARD editorial ‘The U.S. Was Never Comfortable with Sally Ride’.

Female scientists told paper is no good unless they get a man to help them

Dr Fiona Ingleby, Research Fellow at University of Sussex

Yes this really happened - two accomplished female scientists were told to get a man to co author their paper in order to be published. Dr Fiona Ingleby and Dr Megan Head are evolutionary biologists researching how gender affects PhD students transitioning into post doctoral jobs. In life imitating art their paper was rejected by a reviewer at the journal due to “issues on methodologies and presentation of results”. They were advised to remedy this by finding  “one or two male biologists” to assist or be active co-authors in the paper.

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