The Power of Women in Science

Posted April 19, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Career Moves
Hidden in the pages of the new book “Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein’s Letters to and from Children,” there is a letter and response from a South African girl. I found this exchange on Maria Popova’s site Brain Pickings and simply had to share it with you.

A dear friend of mine is passionate about science and tells me frequently how tragic it is that little girls are often discouraged from pursuing scientific endeavors and instead pushed towards careers and interests that are more traditionally “female” in nature. If only more of our teachers and leaders little girls look up to were like Einstein – if only they did not mind that we were girls. And if only we too did not mind that we were girls. Take Einstein’s advice, “There is no reason for it.”

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

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    Count me among the women discouraged, at every age, from taking math and science courses. If I could go back, I would slap my academic “advisor” in college, then sign up to be a physics major with a math minor. I still have some regret, but my life (eventually) has turned out pretty well.

    I would like to join an organization that helps mentor young girls into scientific careers… how could I find one?

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