girls and engineering

Every person in the States needs to watch Hidden Figures.

Because holy shit that movie is incredible.

The way it portrayed racism in the civil rights era is chilling. Not just because of how unjust segregation was, but because of how it does not shy away from showing that segregation was a matter of white complacency. There are plenty of Well Meaning White People™ in the movie who are likeable, whose failure isn’t that they are bad because they are racist but who uphold a racist system because they never consider that it’s unjust.

Like, there’s no Racist Boss the protagonists have to overcome and then Things Are Great and Not Racist. It’s just continual people-to-people interaction and step-by-step push against the great jello-like weight of systematic racism.

It’s just a really good movie, okay? I cried a lot.

Mary Jackson

(1921–2005) Mathematician and engineer

Mary Jackson was a human computer at Langley Research Center, as part of the West Area Computers. She then became the first black woman engineer at NASA at its founding in 1958. After 34 years at NASA, she asked for a demotion in order to serve as a Federal Equal Opportunity Specialist with NASA. She was also a Girl Scout leader for more than thirty years. She retired in 1985.

Number 182 in an ongoing series celebrating remarkable women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Hilda Bastian has worked for the past two months to uncover pictures and stories of prominent, but underrepresented scientists. 

Whether through finding publications, connecting with family or reaching out to institutions where these women worked, more photos are becoming available to put faces to the names.

By finding pictures of these women, Bastian hopes young girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can develop a personal connection with role models of similar identities.

I really get ticked whenever feminists demand that something that features a mention of women and chores in the same sentence be gotten rid of. Y'all do realize that even if a girl becomes an engineer or a mathematician or a CEO or whatever the frick you think she has to be in order to be an ‘empowered’ woman, she’ll still need food and clean clothing and a functional house, and without chores being done you don’t get any of that stuff?? Unless she’s rich enough to afford to hire another woman, in all likelihood, to do her chores for her, she’ll have to *gasp,* LOAD THE DISHWASHER ONCE IN A WHILE. OR COOK A MEAL. OR DO HER LAUNDRY. OR ANY OF THOSE THINGS THAT YOU SNEER AT A WOMAN FOR DOING AS A HOUSEWIFE.
Chores are not offensive or denigrating, they are literally necessary to keep a human being independent and functioning regardless of gender or career.

It's the 21st Century, c'mon

“Oh, you know how to use power tools?”
-Yes you idiot, I know how to use power tools.

“Are you sure you can handle this equipment?”
-Pretty freaking sure I can considering I spend at least 6 hours a day in a robotics shop

Getting really tired really fast of stereotypes. Yes I’m a girl, yes I do robotics, yes I do the mechanical work, and yes I do the electrical work. No I’m not incompetent when it comes to these things.

ATM - Automatic Tampon Machine

I am part of a trio of girls (all engineering students) who are installing and running the automatic tampon machines at our university.
The machines are refurbished Gashapon (Gumball) machines. We always try to ensure that our prices are less than that of the pharmacies and shops.
We also have a 24 hour helpline and sell plus deliver pregnancy test on campus.
I am so excited about the future and hopefully we expand soon!!!!

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Engineer school: Done ✔
End of research masted: D-7 ⏳👍

Can’t wait to be done with all of this ! Studying for my oral exam on geophysical fluids dynamics 🌊 and trying to remember all these lessons I had months ago 😮💪