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・・・ IT’S TRUE! I’m featured in this Spring’s edition of STRONG - the magazine for girls!! HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE!
Feb 11 marks the United Nation’s international day of women and girls in science. The global community has spent the past decade or so encouraging and inspiring girls to participate in science. But still, the probability for female students to graduate with a bachelors degree in a science related field is only 18% compared to 37% for males.
I’ve spent too long behind makeup trying to paint myself in a light that everybody else is comfortable with. Thing is, we’re all still judged. Not everybody likes you. They won’t and they don’t have to. All that matters is that you like you. If I spend my time preaching to young girls that they “be themselves” and “support each other,” then I need to embody that message myself. The pressure to be pretty is often female-driven, so let’s stop that. I mean, heck, have you seen men? They have blemishes and red spots and whatever and yet we still ogle over them like they’re Calvin Klein models! Let’s start seeing other women through the same lens because if Alex doesn’t notice when I DON’T wear makeup then maybe I’m actually beautiful without it.
So here’s me no-filter, just rolled outta bed w/ a morning cup-a-joe; I’m embarrassed by my dark, red under-eye bags and so started covering them up at 13 yo, but they’ll never go away because it’s about the thickness of my skin and my allergies. If no amount of bullshit skin treatments are going to grow me thicker skin, then fuck it. I’ll be myself.
“We are what they grow beyond.” -Yoda, The Last Jedi. This struck a chord with me, guys. I recently judged an elementary school science fair and I’ve been invited as a guest speaker at SAP’s Women in Data Science event (part of Stanford’s WiDS conference) AND as a guest speaker at a Santa Clara middle school. I’m more than honored to be part of these events, I’m humbled to be able to share my path and my knowledge to pull women up here with me. I’m proud to be that someone who teaches young girls to respect and love each other, to help each other rise and not tear each other down. We need to bind together if we’re going to to succeed. I’m actively working on this myself so if I am what my followers/fans/mentees/kids grow beyond, then I’m optimistic about the future of this world #star wars #thelastjedi#superfan
Find what gets you up in the morning and do that. My daily motivation often comes from incredible female figures in my field, both historical and current. My own mentor is an unstoppable intelligent leader among our team. It’s a privilege to be here and a privilege to follow in their footsteps. I hope I make them proud, that I become the mentor they are, and that I can pass on their courage to the next generation of female scientists .......
***tell me your daily motivation in the comments!!***
•Dr. Melinda Kahre, astrophysicist, Martian Climatoligist & mentor
. •Margaret Hamilton, computer scientist, designer of the Apollo 11 on-board flight software, CEO of Hamilton Tech
. •Dr. Sally Ride, astronaut, physicist, professor •Dr. Nancy Roman, astronomer, former Chief of Astronomy at NASA, the “Mother of Hubble” (space telescope)
. •Dr. Mae Jemison, M.D., astronaut, engineer, professor, physician, first woman of color in the world in space .