4 thoughts on “Tiaras and test tubes?

  1. It’s a bit long winded, but the piece provides a decently sophisticated overview of all the possible effects women might have as role-models in the sciences. And the piece does a great job of quoting different women about the different things they want. Some of them want to do science and feel feminine. Some of them want to do science and not feel particularly feminine while doing it. The quote at the end is fitting in this regard:

    “Maybe it’s enough to show women scientists who are passionate about their work,” Manaster said. “Do science if you love it, and if you happen to be feminine, that’s great. If you’re not, that’s great too.”

  2. I would have thought it’s a bad idea to use stereotypes to sell science. It foregrounds gender in a way that is unfortunate. It reminds me of the madonna/whore view: women are pure and holy or sexual and bad. We don’t want to instill a princess/geek view of women in science.

  3. I am trying to link the career/life prospects of older female scientists to the push for girls to enter STEM. I showed a “leaky pipeline” image to three young female scientists in a meeting and had the strong impression that they had never seen it before.

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