Girls are already part of the web; lets make them part of the science web.
Be safe. Talk to girls about the importance
of being safe online, including not revealing personally identifiable
information about themselves or their location.
The Stay Safe web site
has some great suggestions for online safety for teens, parents, and
educators. Also consider the
age-appropriateness of the blogs for the girls with whom you are working. The blogs listed here have been checked for
content and language, but not every blog works for every girl.
Read some women in science blogs yourself. Women in science blogs tend to be women
their lives as science students and scientists;
balancing their professional and personal lives;
the cool science they do.
Some places to start are:
is written by two fabulous women who share their professional and personal
lives. One is a new science assistant
professor with a husband and a young child, while the other is a new assistant
professor in engineering education in a long-distance marriage.
Cocktail Party Physics
is written by the science writer author of The Physics of the BuffyVerse, who
believes physics can be both fun and fascinatinginstead of scary and
separate. Cocktail Party Physics is just one example of how blogs can present
science in fun ways.
The Happy Scientist
and A Lady Scientist give girls a
taste of graduate student life and paths to a PhD in earth/life sciences (The
Happy Scientist) and in biochemistry (A Lady Scientist).
Comment on a blog yourself. Blogs are interactive; it makes the bloggers
very happy to hear from you and they love to get discussions started. Have something to say? You are always welcome to comment on the FairerScience
weblog. Its easy!
Jumping into the Web
Find out what interests the girls with whom you work and help them find science blogs in those areas.
Baking? Sports? Makeup? Theres a
science blog for almost any topic.
Search on the term science blogs with key words related to the
interest and see what happens..
is written by a biologist/artist and is about art + biologyanything and
everything from representations of science in art and literature to the
neuroscience of aesthetics.
Parsnip Parsimony is written by a
woman who realized that she could use the scientific method to veganize the
traditional bakery products she was learning to bake and ended up getting a
degree in food science.
The Science of Sport analyzes and
interprets sports performances from around the world and provides training
tips, insight and opinion.
The Beauty Brains are cosmetic scientists who
write about the chemicals used in cosmetics, how products are tested, and
what all the advertising means.
Sometimes they cover topics, like the science of attraction, that may
not be appropriate for all ages.
Never underestimate the power of trendy and cute.
One big advantage of blogs is that theyre current. Unlike print publications, theres no long
wait to publish; so blogs are often on the cutting-edge of trends. This, combined with the ease of incorporating
photos and video, makes it easy for blogs (like these below), to highlight the
warm, fuzzy, and currently popular.
Antarctic Journal is written
by an Ecology graduate student who
spends a lot of time in Antarctica conducting research on Adelie penguins. She provides a glimpse of a place few people
get to see while describing a different type of scientific research. She also posts pictures of Antarcticas
penguins that are totally cute and trendy.
Biology in Science Fiction is about,
well, biology in science fiction from TV, books, and films. This is where you go to find out if there is,
for example, a scientific basis for saying there are dinosaurs on the moon.
Because the blog often quotes books, there is a smattering of curse words.
Through blogs, help girls learn more about the
science areas in which they have an interest. Many blogs have specific scientific foci that
match girls existing science interests.
The Culture of Chemistry is based on the
premise that Chemistry is not a world unto itself. It is woven firmly into the fabric of the
rest of the world, and various fields, from literature to archeology, thread
their way through the chemists text.
is an astronomer blogging the sky one sidereal day at a time.
Eye on DNA
by an epidemiologist/biotech consultant highlights the latest in DNA-related
research and applications.
Keeping It Going
Take advantage of science and math in social
networking. Science and math are
there on Facebook and MySpace waiting for your girls to
connect. On Facebook, they can
get daily science news and information from applications like the Daily
Galaxy or join science-related groups like Null Hypothesis The Journal
of Unlikely Science. They (or you) can also start your own science related
discussion group. To do this, join Facebook
and click on the link for Groups to find or create a group. On MySpace,
girls can join groups to discuss a wide range of scientific topics from global
warming to theoretical physics. http://www.wildapricot.com/blogs/newsblog/archive/2007/05/23/put-your-non-profit-on-facebook.aspx
is a useful guide for nonprofit groups wanting to join Facebook.
Check out how much more there is out there. Good places to start are:
Scientiae Carnival is a blog
carnival that compiles posts written about the broad topic of women in STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Science Blogs hosts over 60 science blogs, including
many of our favorite women in science blogs.
Women in Science is a good
source of women who blog about science and engineering and of site for girls
who are interested in math, science and engineering.
Remember the gentlemen. Most of these blogs will interest boys in
science as well and there is the added benefit of helping boys learn more about
women in science. And, of course, girls
can get hooked on science through the many cool science blogs written by men in
science as well.