Sunday, August 10, 2008

Girls know how to count

This made the circuits a while ago, but I just can't get it out of my head! A reminder that girls can count just as well as boys, at least to the number 4.



As if we needed Science Magazine to tell us how great at math we are, there's also this definitive proof:
On a more serious note, Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, has a website on famous women in mathematics. Sadly, to date, no women has won a Field's Medal, the top award in mathematics, although several have won a MacArthur.

She played Winnie Cooper on Wonder Years, but now Danica McKellar is a mathematician. She is a huge math advocate and has written several books for encouraging a love of math in young women. You can listen to her interview with NPR on Science Fridays here. Danica is a good role model.

6 comments:

Le Loup-garou said...

Habladora: I dedicate that picture of Natalie Portman to you!

Habladora said...

Natalie looks totally hot in that picture... and somehow reminds me of someone I know... Does knowing I've got a little nrrd crush on NP when she talks math make you feel weird?

Le Loup-garou said...

It makes me feel warm and happy inside. Did you know that the singer, Feist, is in fact NOT related to Sammy Davis Jr Jr Jr the mountain feist? This is a little known fact.

Lindsay said...

Danica McKellan is awesome. I love that she's a mathematician.

Habladora said...

It is really great that girls are finally being presented with female role-models in math and science from an early age.

Le Loup-garou said...

I agree. I hope that science and math becomes a more accepted choice for a career for young women. It is interesting that as medicine is becoming softer (slightly better hours, less patriarchal, less pay), the % of women in medical school is sky rocketing.