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5 Ways To Celebrate Pi Day

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Guess what? It’s March 14th, aka 3.14, aka PI DAY. Pi, as you probably remember from high school geometry, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is one of the sexiest math concepts in the game, because it’s huge (recent calculations have mapped it out to 5 trillion digits) and poetic and mysterious. My friends and I have been celebrating this sacred holiday for the past few years. Want to honor the almighty pi? Here are some ways to get in on the fun… Keep reading »

Finally, A Math T-Shirt For Smart Girls

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The retail giant pulls "I'm Too Pretty to Do Math" shirt. Read More »
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I’ll endorse this T-shirt, which does not promote violence, sexism, anorexia, or the stereotype that all women are bad at math. Non sequitur, but remember when T-shirts weren’t trying to be clever? Those were simpler times in the world of T-shirts. [Think Geek]

Another “Girls Are Bad At Math” Fashion FAIL

October 21, 2011

Check It: Angry Birds On A Math Test

Everything I know about physics I learned playing Angry Birds. (Physics is all about different types of birds divebombing mean green piggies, isn’t it?) And now the youth of America can learn from everyone’s favorite iPhone game, too. Boing Boing found this question on a math test — worth seven points — to school the kiddies about fractions and square roots and piggy-killing strategy. [Boing Boing] Keep reading »

Forever 21 Pulls “I’m Too Pretty To Do Math” Magnet From Online Store

Way to perpetuate the myth that girls suck at math, Forever 21.

The retailer pulled a dopey magnet that says “I’m too pretty to do math” after complaints. Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, who runs a media literacy non-profit for kids, posted on her Facebook page that a friend of hers complained to Forever 21 about the sexist magnets and the store actually pulled the item from Forever21.com. According to her Facebook wall, the company wrote:

“We apologize if the magnet offended you in any way. We have received numerous emails regarding this item and it has been forwarded to upper management for review. However, please note that the item has since been taken off our website for purchase.”

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Today’s Lady News: The Geek Stereotype Keeps Girls From Studying Science

  • Dr. Sally K. Ride, a former astronaut, is supporting President Obama’s plans to improve America’s dismal math and science rankings and she’s zeroing in on the cultural expectations we have for girls. Dr. Ride recalled a recent science expo she attended where the mom of a 12-year-old girl made a big fuss over her daughter’s interest in science, as if it were so unusual. “[The mom] was saying, ‘I don’t know where she got this, she’s so different from everyone else,’” Dr. Ride explained. Girls “internalize the message that scientists are geeky-looking guys with labcoats and pocket protectors who never see the light of day.” She added that ages 10 through 12 are a vital time to prevent girls from getting discouraged from pursuing math or science in higher education. [New York Times]—Even though Barbie says “Math is hard!” researchers say girls can handle it.
  • … but it certainly doesn’t help that a science blogger noticed that Toys R Us sells microscopes and telescopes marketed to little girls (pink, of course!) that are less powerful than the black or red microscopes marketed to little boys. Are you serious, people? [ScienceBlogs.com]

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