young women in science

Besides, trying to find some primordially authentic culture can be like peeling an onion. The textiles most people think of as traditional West African cloths are known as Java prints; they arrived in the 19th century with the Javanese batiks sold, and often milled, by the Dutch. The traditional garb of Herero women in Namibia derives from the attire of 19th-century German missionaries, though it is still unmistakably Herero, not least because the fabrics used have a distinctly un-Lutheran range of colors. And so with our kente cloth: the silk was always imported, traded by Europeans, produced in Asia. This tradition was once an innovation. Should we reject it for that reason as untraditional? How far back must one go? Should we condemn the young men and women of the University of Science and Technology, a few miles outside Kumasi, who wear European-style gowns for graduation, lined with kente strips (as they do now at Howard and Morehouse, too)? Cultures are made of continuities and changes, and the identity of a society can survive through these changes. Societies without change aren’t authentic; they’re just dead.
—  Kwame Anthony Appiah, The Case for Contamination

Young Adult Books with Black Protagonists

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.

Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.


“I would never put public speaking on my “special skills” list, but I have been called to do it a number of times over the past few years. That being said, the experience has taught me how important of a skill it is to have, especially for young women. Your perspectives on science, economics, international relations, etc. will influence the direction our globe takes. So, #TakeThePodium Be brave & get involved in student politics, municipal government, etc. Give your perspective a voice & help make a positive difference for our planet. 🌍🌏🌎

anonymous asked:

omg thank you so much for putting rosalind franklin in the dna history post!!

And also:

i think it is more correct to say that in 1953 Watson and Crick stole Rosalind’s picture to build their model, and when they published it, of course they didn’t gave her any credit. I think it is important for people to know that Rosalind Franklin discovered the antiparallel structure of the DNA molecule, but since her studies and researches were published after Watson and Crick’s, she didn’t get any recognition until many years later. (Sorry for the long message!)

Hello Nonnies!!

We can’t not talk about Rosalind Franklin. She is an awesome lady that is slowly getting the recognition she deserves in the scientific community.

(We also went to an all girls catholic highschool with large emphasis on science, and her name always came up in all of the science classes. It’s pretty hard to forget her name now. We are also going to hijack these asks to give a more in-depth biography for Rosalind Franklin.)

Franklin was a gifted X-ray crystallographer. She was a research associate at King’s College London in 1951, moved to Birkbeck College in 1953. She died at the early age of 37 due to ovarian cancer. Really she should have gotten the same Nobel Prize that Watson, Crick, and Wilkins shared in 1962 for the discovery of the DNA double helix, but the Nobel Committee are pricks and don’t award prizes posthumously.

Franklin’s the one to first contribute the concept of the two forms of DNA; A-DNA (dried, short and fat), and B-DNA (wet, long and thin). Photo 51 (image from Wikipedia) is the x-ray diffraction pattern developed while at King’s College that leads to the discovery of DNA double helix structure.

There has been some controversies surrounding the nature of her work being used by Watson and Crick. Allegations where made that Photo 51 was shown to Watson by her colleague Wilkins without Franklin’s permission (bad science ethics here) but we are not sure how true that allegation is. Franklin did not gain much recognition for her contribution originally, all that was mentioned was a footnote acknowledging that it was based on “general knowledge” of Franklin’s unpublished contribution.

Rosalind Franklin is a good example of sexism in science. She’s not gaining a lot of posthumous recognition for her work. I would also like to think that she’s an awesome role model for a lot of girls pursuing science as a field of study.
Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne and More Models Whose Side Hustles Have Nothing to Do with Fashion
You’ll never guess what these ladies do in their spare time


After conquering the modeling world as a Victoria’s Secret Angel and runway regular, Kloss felt her career hit a standstill. “Instead of giving up because I was not challenged anymore,” she told Vogue Australia of delving into new projects, “I actually reversed it on its head and saw all the opportunities to use this as a platform to do so many other things that I am passionate about, even if I don’t have anything to do with fashion.” The model turned her passion for coding into Kode with Klossy, an intensive coding boot camp and scholarship program for young women interested in science and math.


anonymous asked:

I'm new to this whole genre of books that represent lesbian/bi/etc females as leads and I'm kind of lost there seems to be a lot to sift through. Id really appreciate it if you could help me by recommending good fantasy f/f works? As a young person who has been struggling to figure out their sexuality/identity for years, it really would help a lot to read about these girls in the format that I've loved for years Thanks a bunch, love the blog! I found it and I haven't stopped since lol xoxo

Thanks so much! 

My favourite les/bian fantasy books, linked to their reviews:

The Narrows by m. craig: Questers, magicweavers, magic instead of electricity, all in a Portland-like hipster setting.

Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks (linked to Mfred’s review because hers is better): a fantasy world where homophobia does not exist. Nobody cares that she’s attracted to women. Such a relief after reading a bunch of coming out stories.

Hellebore & Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft and Catherine Lundoff: The title speaks for itself. Also that cover.

Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica: This one will appeal to you if you liked the TV show Warehouse 13. Similarly, this is a realistic world. Except that there is magic contaminating our world, mutating things, but also being channeled into objects that perform specific magic tasks. The main character is bisexual.

The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson: I can’t explain this book, and it’s probably not exactly fantasy, but it is amazing.

The Second Mango by Shira Glassman: I haven’t done a review yet of this, but it’s a quick, fun read with jewish queer characters and a dragon. It’s a whole series, and this is the first one.

Books that I’ve heard good things about and are on my TBR list:

When Women Were Warriors series by Catherine M. Wilson, Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey, and The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin.

For more, check out the Fantasy tag and: 


(For more les/bian lit lists, check out the Lesbrary Goodreads Project)
Fighting For STEM Women In The Age Of Trump

Here’s something that nobody saw coming: President Donald Trump recently signed two laws designed to help encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Given Trump’s history of disparaging remarks against women – and his skepticism towards certain areas of scientific inquiry, like climate change – one would expect gender equality in STEM to be a low priority for his administration.

But Trump’s support for the issue has less to do with his personal views than with an undeniable reality: closing the nation’s persistent gender gap in STEM will be essential to achieving many of the new administration’s economic and national security goals.

“ Aisha Bowe
Aeronautical engineer and entrepreneur managing multi-million dollar defense contracts and private-sector technology clients.

This is what a rocket scientist looks like in 2017.
Unequivocally, one of the smartest and most intelligent people on the planet. If Aisha Bowe had followed her guidance counselor’s advice, she would be a cosmetologist…Instead, Aisha is an aeronautical engineer and entrepreneur managing multi-million dollar defense contracts and private-sector technology clients.

Aisha Bowe is the co-founder and CEO of STEMBoard, a technology solutions company that works to close the achievement gap by empowering historically underrepresented youth to help build transformational technologies. This unique combination has strengthened Aisha’s commitment to evangelizing the power and unlimited future of science and technology for young women all over the world.

While she never pursued cosmetology professionally, Aisha is still a huge fan of beauty and fashion-especially when she is able to use technology to keep that love front and center. “

A non-hockey AU in the sense that Jack has retired from professional hockey. So now he does a lot of event attendance, celebrity games, fronting charities, sponsorship etc etc.

He gets around to starting a TV series with best-friend Shitty. It’s a great big American road trip with a food focus. Stopping in each state and sampling local delicacies. ‘The taste of California’, ‘the taste of Texas’, and so forth and then it’s ‘the taste of Georgia’ and what screams Georgian cooking? Bitty’s fair winning pies and tarts.

Jack has met a lot of people while filming this show. So many chefs, cooks, foodies, street vendors. Old men, young men, old women, young women. Quiet folk, obnoxiously enthusiastic people. People who see food as science, people who see it as family, people who see it as a challenge, people who like to push boundaries, people who like to stick to the classics.

But he’s not met anyone like Bitty.

Bitty is warm and friendly and cute and his love for food reminds Jack of his love for hockey. He’s hands on in the kitchen and ropes Jack in to helping bake in much less time than others needed (Shitty is always on board form the off, but Jack normally watches and asks questions without trying to cook anything himself).

But with Bitty he wants to. Wants to impress him, and just give doing something different a go. He hasn’t felt this excited by something since he quit playing hockey professionally.

Bitty is charming and everything they cook together turns out so mouthwatering-ly delicious that Jack doesn’t need to fake his approval like he has with some other stops on this trip.

But it is just one stop in a long line of them, so Jack is only with Bitty for two days before he and Shitty are off to their next stop. The schedule was worked out before they left and there’s no wiggle room in it. Shitty does try to talk Jack into taking some anyway, having picked up on Jack’s attraction to Bitty. Jack’s much too studious to take Shitty up on his suggestion and offer to cover for Jack if he fakes a flu. The thought of just dropping out for a bit and going off to see Bitty is tempting, but this is Jack’s job for the moment, and he’s not one to shirk his responsibilities. Plus he likes to think at his age, he’s beyond under-thought and spontaneous expressions of lust.

It doesn’t stop him from driving all the way back to Georgia as soon as he and Shitty get their season wrap.

An overnight in some random motel somewhere and then he’s back in Georgia, parking in front of Bitty’s bakery, sweating from nerves as much as heat.

He walks in the open door and the bell announces his presence before he can think about chickening out.

Bitty comes out from the kitchen area where they’d filmed his segment. He’s clearly surprised to see Jack, but immediately offers a warm smile that has Jack’s insides flopping about like he’s a damn teenager again. Bitty gets him an iced tea, grabs one for himself, then carries them both over along with two slices of an apple crumble to a corner table, tucked behind some pot plants.

Bitty happily chats with Jack, not at all giving the impression that Jack’s made him uncomfortable by showing up out of the blue. Jack let’s Bitty lead the conversation, focused only partway on it as he’s using the rest of his concentration to figure out how to broach the topic of why he’s here.

Eventually, inevitably even for someone as friendly as Bitty, there’s a pause in the conversation, into which Jack confesses he’d come all this way because Bitty had made an impression with him, and he’s been thinking about him ever since they met, and he’d be an idiot for not trying to come here and see if Bitty feels anything close to what he’s feeling. If he didn’t at least ask Bitty out.

Bitty flushes adorably crimson across his cheeks and down neck. Bitty says he thinks he knows what Jack’s been feeling. In fact, he’d arranged to take the following week off so he could try and track down Jack and tell him much the same thing.

Jack is amazed.

Bitty takes his week off but they stay in Georgia (mostly). Bitty shows him around properly, and Jack even meets Bitty’s parents before Jack has to fly back to help Shitty and their editing team put together a final cut of the show.

Jack and Bitty exchange phone numbers, and Skype details, and promises to keep in touch.

It’s rocky at first, just figuring out time differences and prior commitments, but they settle fairly quickly and then it’s just easy. And worth it. Bitty flies out to watch the premiere of the show with Jack and Shitty and various friends and Jack’s parents. There is no awkwardness at all, Bitty slipping right into their dynamic.

Jack and Shitty’s show becomes one of the top five on its network, and Bitty’s bakery does so well as a result that a few months later, Bitty opens another in Jack’s neighbourhood, handing the reigns of the original to his mother and one of his co-bakers who’d been with him for years.

Bitty moves in with Jack, accepting when Jack asks as soon as Bitty tells him his plans. Bitty partially renovates the kitchen, which Jack absolutely does not mind.

A few years later, after Jack and Shitty have filmed another season of their show, the network asks whether Jack and Bitty would like to do a season together. They would. The do. It cracks the top three shows on the network.

Dana Scully

(born 1964) Physician and FBI Special Agent

Dana Scully earned a BA in physics from the University of Maryland, and went on to earn a medical degree at Stanford University. While there she was recruited by the FBI as a forensics pathologist and criminal investigator. Her public success with the bureau led to a significant increase in the number of young women choosing careers in the STEM fields—a phenomenon known in the academic arena as the Scully Effect.

Number 231 in an ongoing series celebrating remarkable women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

April Fool. Dana Scully may be a fictional character from the television program The X-Files, but the Scully Effect is a real phenomenon. The character demonstrably inspired many young women to pursue careers in science, medicine, and law enforcement.

Broken Crown and Fragile Heart

Summary: When Kala becomes engaged to another kingdom, threats are made to her and her family. That’s when they hire the new, and intense, security guard to keep her safe. Turns out, they both need each other beyond the job requirements.

Chapter: 1/?



When Kala was young, she knew she was going to be Queen. She knew that she was the oldest and there were no males born before her - she would, someday, be Queen. Envisioning herself was always like her mother - dawned in the robes she had admired as a child, a crown placed on her head next to a man she loved - instead, she is met with this scene; gunfire and screaming people, clutching at the arm of her bodyguard and the man she was falling for. How she could feel safe around Wolfgang Bogdanow after everything she knew, she had no idea.

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SciFi Novels Were Invented by an Angsty Teenage Girl

Teenage girls can’t catch a break.  People, particularly nerdy men, treat being a teenage girl as if it is some absolute guarantee of vapid stupidity.  This makes me so damn mad, and not least of all because the whole idea of a science fiction novel owes its existence to an angsty teenage girl who ran away from a broken home.

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Thanks for the guidance, Universe.