Silvia Blemker writes USA Today column on attracting girls to STEM careers
With the recent release of astrophysicist Barbie doll, University of Virginia biomedical engineering professor Silvia Blemker penned a column for USA Today, examining real ways of attracting girls to STEM careers.For Blemker, the doll is another cultural message of unattainable perfection. And, overall messages demanding perfection from girls is already keeping them out of STEM work at the highest academic levels, according to the article.
University professors need to embrace inperfection to succeed, Blemker says.
“Being a professor in a STEM field requires me to take risks, embrace rejection and learn from failures,” she said in the column. “When I have a new idea for a project, I first have to secure funding from either a government or private organization in order to gather the resources to carry that project out.”
According to the article, a recent study showed that women have similar funding success rates as compared to men; however, women tend to apply for grants at lower rates than men.
So, while ideas from female researchers are equally deserving, women apparently are more afraid to put their ideas out there.
“The result? More funding goes to men than women, she writes.
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