"Change the world by being yourself" — that's the motto of Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler's new website, Smart Girls at the Party. The actress, along with two other women — Meredith Walker and Amy Miles — produce short videos where they interview girls interested in STEM about their interests and projects. Take, for example, this video of Poehler with Rachel, a young girl who builds robots for fun. The Bad Astronomy blog calls it "supportive and funny, snarky and warm," and an important way to encourage young women interested in science, even as the scientific world works to resolve gender disparity. http://www.genomeweb.com//node/945783?hq_e=el&hq_m=771691&hq_l=2&hq_v=7a24586d4c
"....For most of us, but especially for probationary faculty members, family dynamics affect career success. Talking about those issues, however, is risky. Far beyond battles over politics and theory, family matters can incite testiness in the faculty lounge and glares at the coffee machine....." If you have not seen it yet, check this article from the recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Okay, so the choices were limited to computer engineer, architect, environmentalist, news anchor and surgeon. No cell biologist here, but still, a move in the right direction, perhaps. What's that oft repeated dictum....if you can't effect change on your terms, do it on theirs? Note that "... while the popular vote went to computer engineer, Mattel noted that girls selected news anchor as their favored career for the doll that, over the years, has been an aerobics instructor, nurse, flight attendant, NASCAR driver and an ambassador."
The title to this post is taken from Katha Pollitt's recent column in The Nation (http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100125/pollitt). There seem to be a number of related articles in various other publications too - The Economist for one (http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15174489; see also links included in the article). Both these articles make interesting points and equally interesting are the comments posted by readers. Check them out when you have a moment.
Greetings! It was good to see everyone at the networking meeting yesterday. Please do consider posting on this site. In the meantime, here is an NYT article quoting Liz Blackburn and Carol Greider talking about some of the things we discussed at the networking session. Click on, or copy and paste this link for the article - http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/12/06/world/AP-EU-Sweden-Nobel-Women.html
If you know a woman who deserves this recognition, why not nominate her? Share this with your friends. You don't have to be a woman to nominate someone. http://www.ct.org/_new/innovation/woi_nomination_pre.aspx. The Women of Innovation Planning Committee of the Connecticut Technology Council is seeking nominations of women in Connecticut for recognition of their efforts in the technology, science and engineering fields for the 2010 Women of Innovation Awards Dinner. The sixth annual awards dinner will be held at the Aqua Turf in Southington on January 28, 2010. Honored will be women who are innovators, role models, and leaders who work as researchers, educators, managers or service providers in technology, science and engineering. Nominees can come from such fields as biotech, pharmaceuticals, telecom, software, computer hardware, electronics, alternative energy, nanotech, medical devices, IT, networks, communications and robotics. Do you know a woman whose efforts should be acknowledged in science, engineering, technology research, or education, or is working in a company providing professional services to these communities, or is in a scientific, engineering or technology company management position? If yes, then please complete the nomination form by November 6th 2009.