Your DGB for today is to cultivate women in STEM. What can be better than honoring both Pi Day and Women’s History Month by combining them and supporting women in science, tech, engineering and math?
Check out this statistic from a study conducted across 14 countries:
“The probability for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in science-related field are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18% and 6%.”
At DGB, we like to start our little girls early. We love Rosie Revere Engineer and Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty, whose stories are inspired by historical accounts of the contributions of women in science and tech. When looking for books to buy for your girls be sure to be mindful to the way in which female characters are portrayed. This recent video is a startling reminder of the traditional lack of female voices in stories (and also a great promotion for Rebel Girls, another book on our reading list.)
For inspiration in current events check out these “rebel girls” who smashed glass ceilings (along with the patriarchy) when they landed a plane in Saudi Arabia, a country where women are prohibited from driving:
So, be mindful of how we can contribute to future generations of women in STEM. Begin early with the girls in your life through stories, ongoing conversation, and education. Foster and encourage interest by signing them up for lego robotics, woodworking, and science fair.
And, because we at DGB love a good pun, be sure to eat actual pie while celebrating Pi day: crumble crust and crumble patriarchy.