“______ Like a Girl” used to be an Insult.
Fill in the blank, it could have been “throw like a girl”, “run like a girl” or something else that insinuated that it could be done much better by a boy.
Well guess what world? It’s 2016 and thousands of girls have decided they don’t like those gender generalizations. These days, if you can STEM like a girl, chances are you’re going to be excellent at it.
The tides are bringing change around the world and findings show that more girls and women have entered into STEM-related fields, thanks to strong female leaders.
Now of course there were women breaking boundaries many years ago. Where would our technological world be without women like Ada Lovelace or Hedy Lamar? Thankfully we don’t have to think about that. Instead we can be glad they inspired so many more women to just do what they’re really really good at, like Reshma Saujani.
It has long been stated that “boys are better at math” and so ultimately at young ages, girls accept yet another role that is given to them without resistance. Thankfully there were enough women out there that didn’t agree with these silly rules about who can be good at what. Women around the world are stepping up and breaking down stereotypes, especially when it comes to coding and computer programming.
The wave of organizations encouraging girls to excel in STEM classes has gained incredible momentum. There are new initiatives and companies every day that focus on the opportunities that exist when a level playing field exists, and limitations are not handed out like school supplies in grade school.
Organizations like Girls Who Code, and G(irls)20 are perfect examples of women taking charge of a downward trend, and turning it into something that benefits not just individuals, but future global economies. Talk about making the world a better place!
Thousands of young women are enrolled in after-school workshops, specialized classes, and even new curriculum that encourages female students everywhere to be whomever they want to be.
Girls and women need to see themselves as capable of succeeding in STEM, and feel comfortable in their workplace. It is time to encourage girls to be Adas and Hedys, and show that STEM like a girl is something to be proud of. –Ana Carolina Queiroz, G(irls)20 Delegate, Brazil