I like to think we've come a long way since boys were encouraged to concentrate on science and math and girls were told to hone their housekeeping skills, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't still be making every effort to ensure that our daughters know they can go into any field that interests them, including science based careers. There are brilliant, science loving little ones out there and so many of them are girls....It's up to us to make sure our girls know it's ok and super cool, in fact, to be interested in science!
I just love that Microsoft is furthering the cause by really focusing on fostering a love of science in girls. In their "Girls Do Science" video they shared a startling statistic...7 out of 10 girls are interested in science, but only 2 out of 10 girls will go actually go on to pursue science. As the mother of a two year old who loves dinosaurs as much as her brother does, this makes me so sad. My baby girl has such an inquisitive little mind and is always trying to figure out how everything works. If she grows up with dreams of being a paleontologist, engineer or doctor I want to make sure she knows how amazing that is....And how totally achievable her dream can be.
Seeing Microsoft put it out there that they can't wait to see what these science loving girls bring to the table someday thrills me to no end! Let's join the movement mamas...Why not give your daughters dinosaurs, telescopes or any other traditional "boy" kind of toys. I mean, seriously...Have you ever met a kid, boy or girl, who doesn't love gazing up at the stars? We have future scientists, inventors and innovators growing up among us...and if we play our cards right, a good many of them will be girls!
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