Spreading the Joy

May 20, 2015 by Bill Ivey

Powerful #GirlsWithToys campaign proves once and for all that women have a place in STEM http://huff.to/1GmwBX5 (tweet by HuffPostTech)

Well. That is good news. But I can’t help but wonder - how did we get so quickly to that point?

It all started with an interview on NPR with Professor Shrinivas Kulkarni of the California Institute of Technology. The main purpose of the interview seemed to be to humanize scientists and to make it clear they are not just deadly serious denizens of labs but also as fun-loving as the next person. One of Professor Kulkarni’s main points was, “Many scientists, I think, secretly are what I call 'boys with toys.' (...) I really like playing around with telescopes. It's just not fashionable to admit it.”

Filed Under: STEAM, Feminism, STEM, Education, #GirlsWithToys