Women of Science and Science Fiction
Scores in math, reading and science posted by 15-year-olds in the United States were flat while their counterparts elsewhere — particularly in Shanghai, Singapore and other Asian provinces or countries — soared, according to the results of a well-regarded international exam released Tuesday.
While U.S. teenagers were average in reading and science, their scores were below average in math, compared to 64 other countries and economies that participated in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA. That pattern has not changed much since the PISA test was first given in 2000. Reference.
So We Have Some Work To Do: Wow! Reading and writing. The foundations of any 21st century society. There are many obstacles in our path trying to prevent us from moving forward. Time and space permits me to going into as why. So let’s focus on some positives that can inspire us to regroup and push forward to greater things like cures for sicknesses that have plagues us for generations. And reaching for the stars. Literally. Women from the past and present can inspire the women of tomorrow.
Did You Know: The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women 45 times between 1901 and 2013
Marie Skłodowska-Curie: Physicist and chemist who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, in two fields no less, and in multiple sciences. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris.
Dr. Sally Rider: a physicist, joined NASA in 1978 at the age of 32. She was the youngest American astronaut to travel to space.
Lisa Randall: 2007, Randall was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential under the section for "Scientists & Thinkers". Randall was given this honor for her work regarding the evidence of a higher dimension. (Alrighty then, author of this post’s comments)
Bonus: Who said women can’t write Sci-fi classics ... not me. Science Fiction classics written by women:
Frankenstein: Mary Shelley. Many consider this the first Sci-fi classic.
The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins. Need we say more?
The Empire Strikes Back: Leigh Brackett. She wrote the script for the George Lucas classic.
And far too many classics to mention. But it is certainly worth Googling famous female authors of Science Fiction.
So if you have a daughter, granddaughter, niece, student, or the like, take a moment to communicate to them a vision that is bigger than what they currently have.
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Congratulations on your release, Stephen.
I agree with focusing on the positives and using them to inspire and educate our younger generations. I could add many more examples to those you've given, with Anne McCaffrey and astronaut Judith Resnik, who is sadly no longer with us, being my first thought. I'm sure anyone reading this blog post will have their own.
That's it for this week. Happy reading and writing, my friends.