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Too Little, Too Late, Too Pink

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I’d like to share a great blog post I found while rummaging around on a STEM education Google+ community.  It’s from “Listing Towards 40,” written by Kim Z. Dale.  She discusses, with several real-life examples, the “pinkification” of STEM education foisted on so many girls growing up (and the boys are seeing this, too, of course, and coming to their own conclusions).

Dale writes,

Girls are underrepresented in STEM fields, but how can we get more girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math? To date many STEM education initiatives have taken the sex ed approach. Girls are isolated from the boys and given their own, gender-specific, introduction to coding, building, and problem solving. The intentions are good, but segregation keeps girls cast as outsiders in STEM fields.

Do we really need to dress up science and technology education to hide the bitter taste like it was so much arugula?  Do we need to exclude boys from “special” programs intended to draw girls in?  It all feels terribly wrong.

 

STEM education for girls:  Too little, too late, too pink

KHH

 

Related Articles:

Girls and Software, by Susan Sons (Linux Journal)

GoldieBlox Ad Encourages Girls to Try Engineering (US News and World Report)

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2 thoughts on “Too Little, Too Late, Too Pink

  1. A complex area of discussion to which I feel really diffident about contributing. I already knew about the Boots decision so I’ll check out your other links.

    • I feel like I have a dog in this fight, since I am a woman in STEM, and I can’t understand a world that seems to be telling girls they don’t belong in science and engineering. Sometimes I think that means I am too close to the problem. Sometimes I think – is there really a problem? But that’s probably because I don’t feel like I faced any discrimination, personally, and I really felt free to pursue science just because I was interested in it – not because I was encouraged or discouraged by outside influences – but that doesn’t mean others aren’t having those kind of experiences. And then sometimes I think – all the “solutions” are worse than the problem.

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