R is for Rocket Girls

 Each week for 26 weeks, I am publishing a post about women who are not widely known but should be—women who can inspire us, teach us, and encourage us to get out of our comfort zones and reach for our dreams. Week 18 of my A to Z challenge introduces us to the Rocket Girls....more

Stemming the Tide of STEM

I'm generally in favor of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – education, especially when girls and young women are welcomed into the programs and treated with the same attention as males. (As long as they don't junk it up with a pink color palette.)But it's being oversold.(Typically, at this point I would produce a rant about how STEM is being glorified and promoted ahead of reading, writing, literature, art, music, social studies, and various other humanities. That's a rant for another day, though. I'll get back to it. I promise.)...more

The Next MacGyver Won't Have a Mullet!

Girls need cool female characters they can actually relate to showing them how cool STEM subjects— like engineering— are, not grubby-ass mullet-wearing Richard Dean Anderson whipping shit together with paper clips and rubber bands. That’s where “The Next MacGyver” competition comes in....more

When I grow up, I want to be a...

My son is practicing for his graduation. There are some songs and a skit that his class is doing, and part of the skit features the children saying what they want to be when they grow up. This is particularly funny to me, as my son changes his mind constantly: Monday: When I grow up, I want to be a scientist....more

Blinding them with science

One day far into the future, when my son accepts his Nobel Prize in chemistry, I fully expect him to thank his Mom for doing all those "way cool" egg experiments with him on that one rainy Saturday afternoon. "Because of her," he will say, "I learned to look at the world as a place filled with answers. You just have to know the right questions to ask." And I will tear up, and it will be lovely. (Trust me.)...more

Looking for a few good role models

 The New York Times reported Feb. 6, 2015 that parents, teachers and toy-makers discourage girls from getting into math and science. I never saw myself as being particularly good in either subject and I try not to relay this to my daughter Torie. But I’ve been able to follow her fourth-grade assignments so far. Phew!...more

Thoughts on Diversity in the Tech Industry... From a Black Computer Scientist

Let's be clear about one thing from the start: I'm a Black female with a Ph.D. in computer science. No shade, Sheryl Sandberg, but I've been "leaning in" since birth.This topic (and blog post) has been a long time coming. I wasn't sure, at first, how to best put my thoughts to words. Then I wasn't even sure if I should say anything at all, since it may ruffle some feathers. In the end, I didn't care. Some things need to be said. Most people think it, but few say it. I'll take one for the team....more
@kid_OYO KaporCenter hackthehood my msg needs refining why? cause you disagree? or cause it's ...more

Showcase More Women in Science

When I was in ninth grade, which was so long ago now it was considered part of “junior high,” I won the science award. I remember sitting in the auditorium with my 300 classmates, all of us packed in like sardines, bored out of my mind. I hated award assemblies. Everyone hated award assemblies. So I wasn’t even paying attention when my name was called. My friend Heather had to shove me while she hissed in my ear, “It’s you, it’s you, go up there!”...more

Why Are the Liberal Arts Still a Strong Component of Higher Education Degree Programs?

By Dr. Linda Moynihan, Dean, School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University“What on earth are you going to do with a liberal arts degree?”  Every year, thousands of students are asked this question by parents and well-meaning family and friends, especially with the increasing attention given to STEM programs. But why does it have to be liberal arts vs STEM?...more

Breastfeeding Women Who Code

In a departure from the usual fashion magazine fare, the latest issue of Glamour features two articles about the tech industry: "Secrets of Silicon Valley (That Only Women Know)" and  "35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry."...more
Thanks, https://twitter.com/BrigidSchulte! Look forward to YOUR piece. Btw, mine has interviews ...more