Even though the number of women completing doctorates in math and science is nowhere near 50% — and a new report says that the U.S. isn't even in the top 25 world rankings for science, math or reading — a passel of female high school students owned yesterday's math, science and technology Siemens Competition. For the first time in the event's nine year history, young women won both the individual and the group competitions. (Suck on that, Larry Summers!) Isha Jain from Bethlehem, PA (pictured) took home the individual prize of $100,000 in scholarship money for her research on bone growth in Zebra fish, and Janelle Schlossberger and Amanda Harinoff from Plainview, NY won for their work on tuberculosis. All three girls attend public school. (Represent!).
Jain says that while there's still a preponderance of boys in her math and science classes, she sees the all-lady win of the Siemens competition as evidence that girls are ""finally stepping up to the plate and are more than capable...I'm proud to be a part of that."
Girls Dominate the Siemens Competition [Business Week]
Girls Shatter Glass Ceiling At Science Contest [MSNBC]
World Rankings For Reading, Maths And Science [Telegraph]
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