A Hidden History (read full article here)
This article makes an excellent point in addressing the lack of education being given to students on female scientist. However, I remember feeling this same way in just about all my history classes as they were filled with the great accomplishments of men. When we talked about women in history it always felt like a quota they had to meet with their one paragraph of dry, unenthusiastic acknowledgment of female accomplishments. After traveling a bit I started learning about the many amazing women in history that helped change our world and was frustrated those things weren’t conveyed to me when I was in school.
Not only is it so important for girls to learn about influential women in history so they can be inspired to shoot for the stars, but it is equally important for boys to grow up learning that women are just as vital in this world as they are. I grew up always feeling like I needed to prove I was as smart, strong, fast, whatever, just as the boys were. To me, it felt like everyone around me, even women, saw females as these weak Barbie dolls who needed someone to think for them. Learning about these women and the amazing things they accomplished in times of such hardship would have been the confidence boost every girl deserves and every boy seems to grow up getting.
With that said, I don’t think we need to hold our breath for the school systems to finally integrate such things into their curriculum. Should it be? Yes. But the school system needs fixing in much more ways other than just this issue. Spreading this knowledge can easily be done at home, from coaches, mentors, aunts, uncles, grandparents—the village of people endowed to raise our world’s children. If you are part of a child’s life, you are equally responsible for molding a little piece of the person they have yet to become. So, use that time to inspire them. Enrich their lives with stories of the heroes from the past so they are always aware of the depths they can push themselves.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!
Women have made their mark throughout the annals of scientific history, but their contributions are so hidden that when asked to name a famous scientist, children typically cite only men – Newton, Einstein, Edison. When asked to name famous women scientists, most cannot name anyone besides Madame Curie.