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  1. David Engle

    David Engle (December 15, 2009, 04:52PM )

    Interesting question Kilgore: It would have to be a title that would be encouraging for women to go into science, not necessarily spacewalking or astronomy. Perhaps Wendy may have a suggestion for you as her major is science: gigapan.org/gigapans/38916/snapshot s/113053/ or Megan, www.gigapan.org/gigapans/18326/snap shots/54491/ who has a science major or even Liz who wears her major: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/12460/snap shots/34437/

  2. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (December 15, 2009, 03:23PM )

    I can show you the book I was referring to. It's in a gigapan that I made today: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/39035/ . The pano also shows an exhibition of early female astronomers. Interesting question: if I was to write a science book now, in the 21st Century, and I wanted to make the book look attractive to schoolgirls, what images would I use? Sally Ride spacewalking? *Not* Sally Ride and her children I suspect.

  3. David Engle

    David Engle (December 14, 2009, 01:41AM )

    Thanks Kilgore, as you allude to and as the article states, role models for women are extremely important. As another example: veterinary medicine is going through a gender shift as this Canadian article states: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/ PMC340187/Because Will open in
a new tab or window of role models and other causes, there are more women entering veterinary medicine than ever before and in some veterinary schools an entire entering class is only women.

  4. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (December 14, 2009, 12:12AM )

    Thanks for the link to the BBC item in which Sally Ride talks about the problem of making science attractive to girls - of creating an image of female scientists that girls could identify with. You have reminded me that at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy I saw a book that was not only by a female scientist (surprising in iteself for the time) but the frontispiece was an engraving of "the author with her children". At the time I thought "how quaint" but in fact this isn't this just what Sally Ride is talking about? (I don't mean to imply that I think young girls today necessarily aspire to be mothers - in fact I read that many aspire to be lap-dancers!)