The turn of the twenty-first century has proven humankind’s genius. Technology is at its height – space exploration, stem cell research, and self-driving cars are all normal occurrences. However, there happens to be a problem of incredible magnitude rising quickly in the tech sector: only 29% of science or engineering workers are female, and even less are of minority races. A high school girl with a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Natasha Ravinand has dedicated most of her teen life to closing the gender gap in tech.
In GIRLS WITH DREAMS, she analyzes societal biases that enlarge the gender gap in the sciences, obstacles in the way of systemic change, and solutions for a better and more inclusive tomorrow. Interviewing successful female engineers, CEOs, and industry leaders, Natasha hopes to send one message, loud and clear, to her peers of today: anyone can learn how to code and create for the betterment of tomorrow. (From Goodreads)
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First off, let me say I am impressed with Natasha Ravinand, she put together a statistic, and fact filled, entertaining book. She included pop culture as examples, which will appeal to kids her age, and hopefully it will encourage girls to follow their dreams, and realize with hard work and determination they can do any job a male can do. I like that she included her own personal life experiences, as well as factual information. This was a really great self published book.
I am the mother of a teenage girl myself, as well as 3 boys, and for example my oldest is going to school to be a Science teacher, and my teenage daughter insists that she wants to be a hair stylist. Which there is nothing wrong with that, we are pushing for her to go to college, get a business degree and OWN a salon. So I can’t help but wonder why Science seems to be more appealing to men, than to women? My own husband is in school to get a degree in Computer Science, he says in his courses, less than 25% are female.
This handy little book gives some answers, and some speculation. I applaud Natasha Ravinand, she seems like a very smart girl, with a very good head on her shoulders. I hope she excels at life. I also hope she inspires young girls to peruse a career in S.T.E.M. it is not just a mans field.
Parents of young children, it’s never too early to get your kids interested in S.T.E.M. boys and girls alike. I will include some fun links below!