People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.
Watch the powerful Verizon advertisement to really understand what a little girl hears when you tell her she’s pretty.
But you can be pretty and into science, too… it’s not an either/or option… you can be into fashion and make-up and still want to work on the hadron collider. I mean, i agree that beauty shouldn’t be the ONLY thing girls are into, but it also doesn’t mean we should stop telling girls they are beautiful. say they are beautiful AND encourage them in science!
So my sister has this organization that is geared to getting girls into STEM (Science.Technology.Engineering.Math) here in South Florida. It’s still young but doing well it’s called the Dennis Project, named after our grandmother.
She noticed the number of females in STEM and the minuscule number of black females and it disturbed her enough to do something about it. I’m glad big companies see that girls can be in this industry as well.
(Source: youtube.com, via snownoir)