Today, November 25th is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The date of November 25 was chosen to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, three political activists that Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961) ordered brutally assassinated in 1960. The effort is being expanded to more than one day this year and will continue for 16 days with sites drawing attention to the ways that violence affects women.
One group that has started a specific campaign is take back the tech – they have ideas for 16 actions we can all take over the next 16 days to bring this topic to the world’s attention.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out “The Princess Machine” on YouTube. It shows three little girls having fun building their own imaginary world. Who says girls aren’t engineers?
An article in the L.A. Times provides more context for the intent of the company. GoldieBlox wants “to even the engineering playing field, in which nearly 90% of working engineers are men.”
Who wants to play?
I’m moving from a post that is very global and centered on girls to a more specific targeted way we can empower girls and in this case, women. The Women in STEM Knowledge Center offers this invitation:
Join us in our mission to help increase the number and prominence of diverse communities of women in STEM. Whether you want to share your research and experiences with others, learn from the research and experiences of others, or build your professional network, the Women in STEM Knowledge Center is here as a resource and communication platform for you.
The website offers a rich variety of ways to get involved. You can search for best practices in your field, share your projects and connect with others interested in this topic. If you want to have a guided opportunity to explore the site, sign up for a tour later this week.
Register now for a”WSKC Quick Tour”
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – 5:00 – 5:30 pm (EST)
Friday, November 22, 2013 – 3:00 – 3:30 pm (EST)
I’m starting this blog to share ideas and efforts that support empowering girls and women. Hope to have others comment and share thier suggestions as well.
Here’s the first one that I think will give you a chance to think about how you can make an impact. As it says in the article, you can begin with one girl (or even with yourself).