Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tapping the Wisdom that Surrounds You

It’s fun to ask readers of my book to share with me their “favorite story.” Recently, one reader emailed me saying, 

“The book has gotten even better as I get into the later chapters.  I'm enjoying the current area I'm reading which includes the stories of young women in Honduras, Iran, (sheesh!) and Greece.  I continue to be amazed at what the women have done when challenged by the events and situations that their lives presented to them.  These are truly amazing people.  I mean - really - who teaches themselves BASIC????"

"I think the best self-actualization in this book is the statement that the women “love learning.”  It's key to who they are and how they approach life." 

"From my perspective, one of my “fave” lines was the one about “If we are willing to make an effort towards a stranger, then they can instruct us.”  I so believe that, and I know it's a core belief of my husband as well.  He's always coming home from our grandson’s ballgames having approached a new person and learning something new about possibilities, places, and people."  

"These experiences instruct the reader in how women can find or create their power.  Believing that you are an amazing woman - in and of your own self - is a crucial concept that can benefit every woman and ensure that she achieves her ambitions."

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Better to Light One Candle than to Curse the Darkness

The Girl Scouts’ 10th annual Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) event was held at the University of Kentucky (UK) this past Saturday, November 15, 2014. The event was organized by the Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council and was open to all Girl Scouts in Kentucky and surrounding states from 4th to 12th grade. Admission was only a $10 fee for children and $5 fee for adults.

          12 girls attended the Future Cities workshop – one of many hands-on workshops
          350 girls attended the event this year.[i]

To appreciate the challenge they are addressing:

Kentucky is
           49th in the nation in bachelor's degrees in science and engineering,
           47th in the number of scientists and engineers, and
           42nd in the number of high-tech jobs

Kentucky has
            1.4% (680,000) of the US total enrollment pre-K through 12 (49.7 million)
            1.3% (193,800) of the US total enrollment of 9th through 12th grade (14.7 million)
            - 2.0% growth rate annually in total enrollment vs. 5.2% for the US overall
            0.4% growth rate annually in 9th-12th grade enrollment vs. 2.7% for the US overall
            78.8% of Kentucky students have computers at home
            72.8% of Kentucky students have Internet access.

The Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council is just one of 112 Girl Scout councils nationwide. [ii] Kentucky Girls Scouts serve 21,700 girls (1% of the national total of 2,282,817 youth, with 883,521 adults as of 2011) in 68 counties in Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Tennessee and 1 county in Ohio. 

In the US, 30,000 students take AP exams in computer science annually, but less than 20% of them are female (6,000).[iii]

[i] “Campus Event Urges Women into Science Careers” by Sophie Tapia
[iii] Barbara Ericson, the Director of Computing Outreach and a senior research scientist at Georgia Tech University.