European Commission Improves Its Appeal to Get Girls in the Sciences

Back in June, the European Commission rightfully came under fire after unleashing their horrible "Science: It's a Girl Thing" campaign, which included a commercial that used makeup and fashion to try to persuade young women into scientific industries. The campaign received an immediate backlash and was quickly pulled.… » 12/18/12 12:00pm 12/18/12 12:00pm

"Princess Scientist" Trend Actually Discouraging Girls From Pursuing…

The latest hotly-debated, possibly back-asswards tactic to convince girls that Science Isn't Just For Uglies is the gimmick of the Dr. Erika Show, starring Erika Ebbel Angle, an MIT graduate, biochemist, and former Miss Massachusetts of 1994. At her tapings she wears a white lab coat and her pageant crown, a concept… » 9/08/12 12:30pm 9/08/12 12:30pm

Sally Ride, The First American Woman in Space, Succumbs to Cancer at 61

Early this morning, astronaut and physicist Sally Ride passed away after a 61-year-long life of exploration, boundary breaking, and ass kicking. When she blasted into space in 1983, she became the youngest American and the first American woman to leave the earth's atmosphere, thus igniting space camp dreams in a… » 7/23/12 6:00pm 7/23/12 6:00pm

Lipstick Is Supposed to Get Girls Interested in Science?

In what could be described as tongue-chewingly awful affront to both women and science, the EU Commission — the European Union's executive body — has created a campaign called "Science: It's a Girl Thing" as part of a broader push to address the gender imbalance in science and technology. Girls will love science, the EU… » 6/22/12 6:30pm 6/22/12 6:30pm

Sky Blue, Water Wet, Achievements of Female Scientists Continually…

Over the last two decades, women have made inroads into the male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering, and medicine. But you wouldn't know it if you asked the men who tend to chair scientific awards committees, who award research-based science awards to men 95% of the time. If a glass ceiling breaks and … » 5/09/12 2:45pm 5/09/12 2:45pm

18th Century Explorer Dude Was Actually a Woman Dressed As a Man

In 1766, since women were not allowed on French naval vessels, Jeanne Baret dressed as a teenage boy in order to accompany her manfriend, renowned botanist Philibert Commerson on a voyage. Glynis Ridley, who wrote a biography of Baret, explains: "The captain of the ship actually interrogated her at one point… and she… » 1/05/12 2:45pm 1/05/12 2:45pm

Award-Winning Female Conservationist Says Women 'Have To Work Ten Times …

Today the National Geographic Society announced the recipient of the 10,000th grant it's given in its 123-year history: 32-year-old conservation biologist Krithi Karanth. We spoke with Dr. Karanth about her work, and about what it's like to be a female scientist both in the US and her native India. » 12/08/11 5:10pm 12/08/11 5:10pm

Female Scientists Patiently Explain That Yes, Evolution is Real

Remember this summer, when Miss America contestants were asked if evolution should be taught in our schools, and everyone except for the pinko commie blue state beauty queens responded as though they were being interviewed for the position of news anchor on Fox & Friends, hemming and hawing as though they'd been asked… » 11/28/11 4:20pm 11/28/11 4:20pm

Why I'm An Activist Scientist For Women’s Health

When I was a college undergraduate, I took a class in human behavioral biology team-taught by two male professors. Most of what I learned really bothered me –- it seemed reductionist to claim that males behaved one way and females another based entirely on reproductive goals. The tongue in cheek style, the ease with… » 2/25/11 1:20pm 2/25/11 1:20pm