This is a statement for the record.
I’m saying this now, because tomorrow I’ve got a related rant coming, and I want all of this to be firmly established.
There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support the antiquated theories that the female brain is less capable of math or science.
Gender is, by and large, a social construct. Little girls won’t know that they are not supposed to like math or science until someone tells them that.
This is all very important to get out of the way, because people have been shuffling around the idea that “Math is Hard!” for girls since the 40’s. It’s a bunch of hooey, and for the most part everyone except the people populating the pink toy aisle understands that.
I want you to note, however, that it’s a pervasive sociocultural myth. That part’s important.
Now, regarding this rather silly photo I’ve added to a serious post.
That’s me in the 4th grade.
Let me tell you something about that little girl. She wants to be a biologist. Her favorite toy is a microscope, and she really liked dissecting worms in science class. She recently completed a project on sharks, and thinks Sea World is about the neatest place to go ever.
She likes going on plant-identification hikes with her mom. They memorize the things that help them remember what that new plant looked like and then look it up in North American Wildlife when they get home. She is already curious about foraging and survivalism, but that hasn’t gone much beyond the stuff in the yard her grandma has pointed out as edible.
She hasn’t read The Hobbit yet (that’s next year), so she still thinks reading is mostly supposed to be about horses. Her favorite superhero is still Wonder Woman, and her favorite princess is Leia. She has no idea how geeky she is, and has no idea how geeky she’s going to turn out. No one ever told her math was hard. No one ever told her she wasn’t supposed to like science. And when she stopped reading about horses and started reading about hobbits, no one said much about that either except to buy her a boxed set for Christmas and keep handing the girl books.
I read, I explored, and I soaked in knowledge as well as words. I’m not the only one.