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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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Barbie Says Math Is Hard; Researchers Say Girls Can Handle It

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say that gender inequality is the cause of the “math gap” between boys and girls—not just girls sucking at math.

The study looked at countries in the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index and found that girls score better at math in countries where there is more freedom, better education and financial opportunities for females. For example, girls in Iran, that beacon of women’s rights, scored low in the International Mathematical Olympiad—but in the U.S., girls are taking high school calculus at the same rate as boys. Keep reading »

Girls Like Math

More and more of us are studying math in college, and not just Stats 101 to fulfill a requirement. According to research released in the journal Science, women earned 48 percent of undergrad degrees in math. Sadly, we still lag behind in physics and engineering. Maybe the Nerd Girls will change that. [AP via WSJ]
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Crave: Made By The Algorithms Of Nature

We love it when smarty-pants people, like MIT grads Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, use their brilliance for things like curing disease and/or making jewelry. This “Full Moon” necklace from their “Nervous System” line is a “one of a kind composition born from the intersection of rapid prototyping and pattern generating algorithms.” Yeah, we don’t get it either, but isn’t it pretty? [$70, N-E-R-V-O-U-S.com via The-Coveted.com] Keep reading »

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