Here’s To The STEMinistas

Some of you may be aware that I have an interest in promoting STEM possibilities amongst women, STEM as in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This recent interest more than likely springs from the fact that I hail from a long line of people who are unable to change a light bulb, had to be bribed to be encouraged to pass a maths test ( and did actually bribe a high school teacher for a decent result) and have a terminal dislike for Engineers. (That’s a long messy story for another time). I figure it’s about time I learnt how to put a new battery in the remote control.

Indeed, I plan on presenting some of my countries female STEM success stories, as well as other women trailblazers, in a series for the coming A-Z Blogging Challenge. Recognising and acknowledging our outstanding achievers does not come naturally to Australians unless the success story involves a sportsperson. We tend to put down others for their success and achievements, which is a phenomenon known as the tall poppy syndrome. It is best summed up as “cutting a person down to size.”

Not impressive, right?

So it was fun to discover that one of the newest genres in literature is STEMinist Romance Novels which celebrates female heroines wearing long, white coats and carrying a theodolite instead of a Hermes handbag. Or working on C.A.D software instead of their fingernails. It’s all about promoting the “nerds” via a little lovin’. When it all heats up over a bunsen burner and a chemical reaction is when sugar turns to caramel. You know, these heroines : the ones that find cures for incurable diseases, develop new products that are environmentally sustainable, and offer alternative solutions to world wide problems.

Off to the Library to investigate the bookshelves. Here’s to all the STEMinistas.

6 thoughts on “Here’s To The STEMinistas

  1. Before I retired I presented at the STEM workshop for 6 – 8th grade girls. I was one of only a handful that had been participating since the inception of the program – 14 years. Then I retired and was going to continue but the pandemic shut it down and it hasn’t restarted! I think if there were more women in science life would be richer and perhaps nerds would become the in-crowd!

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  2. I struggle with light bulbs too, which is maybe even more difficult for a man to admit, but I have plenty of other talents. Gender shouldn’t be an obstacle to anyone pursuing their dreams, and hopefully one day soon society will move beyond crude gender stereotyping. I’ve just started reading Tracy Chevalier’s novel Remarkable Creatures about the early 19th century fossil hunter Mary Anning…it’s shocking that, due to gender stereotyping, it’s taken nearly two centuries for her to receive the credit she deserves for her contribution to the science of palaeontology.

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