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Grandma got STEM March 24, 2013

Filed under: empowering women,gender — hippocampa @ 9:10 am

where STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (+more!).
There is this fantastic blog launched on February 17 2013 by Rachel Levy, where she collects information on grandmothers who did great work in those fields. Rachel explains:

Perhaps, like me, you are tired of hearing people say “how would you explain that to your grandmother?” when they probably mean something like “How would you explain the idea in a clear, compelling way so that people without a technical background can understand you?”

Here’s a similar saying you may have heard: “That’s so easy, my grandmother could understand it.”

I would like to counter the implication that grannies (gender + maternity + age) might not easily pick up on technical/theoretical ideas.

http://ggstem.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/cropped-ggstemhdr1.png?w=846&h=178

It is not just about women who are literally grandmothers, but it is meant in the figurative sense: any woman old enough to be a grandmother.

Thanks, @IngridRobeyns!

 

One Response to “Grandma got STEM”

  1. argylesock Says:

    Thank you, I’m now following that blog.


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