Thanks for sharing!

Unfortunately, these attitudes are pervasive and it really does impact who can do science and who cannot. The very first letter I received after our very first space explorers camp included this anecdote of a young elementary school student right here in Harrisonburg:

“In 3rd grade, a classmate told my daughter “science isn’t for girls”. From that day on, she had suppressed her love of science in front of her friends. While attending the camp, she was presented with many positive female role models who were not only interested in science, but excelled in it. What a huge difference that has made! She no longer feels the need to hide her enthusiasm. In fact, she recently listed science as her favorite subject on a biography project at school.”

Every bit counts and every thing we do makes a small ripple in overcoming these biases and stereotypes. You can read the entire letter from this mom online at:
http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/space-explorers-camp.shtml#anita