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:
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.
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.
In a recent interview a CalTech scientist, said, “Many scientists, I think, secretly are what I call ‘boys with toys’” The only problem? Not all scientists are boys — and women around the world let him know. This is so much more than a hashtag.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Finding a job post-graduation in this economic climate is difficult enough, but an Oberlin student recently faced one of the most ridiculous, sexist impediments to her job search of all: She was rejected from a position because of her outfit.
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.
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.