Today it’s “International Day of Women & Girls in Science”.
This is a celebration day for all females working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Science is quite a broad term, but for this case, it does not include any Social Sciences.
In other words, It’s all about females that work/study in a “men’s world”.
But that is exactly what the Woman In Stem wants to change!
It is all about celebrating the women in a STEM field or encouraging girls to go that direction.
And as a female in a STEM field myself, I have a few things to say about this.
Let me take you back to the year 2007 😉
When I announced I was going to study Electrical Engineering, I had very few supporters.
Friends told me “Are you sure? This is a decision for life, you know!”
Teachers told me “I wouldn’t recommend it, we haven’t had a girl in this field for over 10 years”.
And my classmates didn’t expect much of me either.
Out of the 90 students, only 1/3rd graduated 4 years later.
And I was one of them.
So I “showed them”, right?
With parents as strict about schoolwork as mine, failing was neither an opportunity nor an option.
Quite frankly, I didn’t enjoy my school days, so I wanted to be done sooner rather than later.
During the graduation ceremony, the university announced how extremely proud they were to see a girl graduating as an Engineer after all these years.
Yet, they never considered me as their poster girl during my study years.
It’s typically a very attractive young lady they would choose for such activities.
And I was socially awkward anyways.
Personally, I am not a big fan of this commercial stimulation or pride.
But I would always encourage a child to choose science, NO MATTER THE GENDER 🙂
Let me express that with a doodle 😉