Great Women Role Models
While many of the vendors' brochures contain nice photos of girls exploring technology, employment statistics tell a different story.
The lower the grade in which which young women are tantalized and brought into the mainstream, the better the chances for success.
History's Women highlights contributors by field, such as literature and society. This site's advantage is that it is accessible to different reading capabilities.
Las Mujeres contains biographies of Latina women in all fields, across the Americas. Some have left a legacy and others are community activists.
Women in Math, sponsored by Agnes Scott College, has an attractive layout and is updated frequently. Check out their Did you know? section.
Debra Sterling talks about a study that found "girls with worse body esteem engage more with the Disney Princesses over time, perhaps seeking out role models of what they consider to be beautiful." The study went on to conclude that "girls who strongly adhere to female gender stereotypes feel like they can't do some things ... They're not as confident that they can do well in math and science. They don't like getting dirty, so they're less likely to try and experiment with things."
Debra wants to provide girls more role models to inspire them to consider broader interests like math, science, engineering, technology, and leadership. To remind every girl she is more than just a princess. Her goal is to create strong, female role models who have grit and are fueled by failure, yet are still fun and relatable.
Maria Sibylla Merian was a Naturalist, an Entymologist and a Botanical Illustrator and is rated as being one of the greatest ever botanical artists. She is best known for her illustrations of plants and insects.
This resource includes an overview of her life and work, and online galleries and exhibitions which display her work.
For biographies of women through history read Women in World History.
Even imagining their potential is not on the radar for young women who lack role models. The biographies of 143 women scientists prior to modern times have been collected at ASTR.
While we don't advocate distorting history from one gender perspective and even contributing to de facto segregation by ethnic or gender role models, nonetheless some compensation for past wrongs is called for. It is nice to know that 100's of women have advanced science thru the ages.
The site, entitled Women On the Web/ElectronMedia, offers links and concept papers for women to take up careers which mingle humanities like music and art and new technologies.
This career convergence has not occurred before and the opportunities are exciting.