Congratulations to all the smart girls out there! I am so fortunate to know several, and know of several more.
I was inspired to put this out there when I read Qblog’s post on his smart daughter, who recently learned that she was accepted at a prestigious university to study physics. Wow – physics!
My niece is studying mathematics. She is not talented in physics, unfortunately. My secret suspicion is that she just doesn’t like it and so doesn’t try very hard, as she is a highly intelligent young woman. This tendency to excel in areas she enjoys, and suck in the things that she finds dull, is a trait she shares with her aunt. At any rate, she has completed her freshman year at university and doesn’t know where her course of study will ultimately lead her – perhaps software development.
During my workweek I often sit under a tree and listen to NPR. On Fridays the network broadcasts a show called Science Friday, and as I listened a week or two ago I heard a young woman talk about math and the books she has written to combat the fear that many girls and boys harbor on this subject. It was heartening to learn that American girls, once lagging far behind boys in this subject, now perform at a statistically equal level with their male counterparts.
It’s important that girls are prepared for college, even should they opt to immediately enter the workforce. That rigorous college-prep track provides them with useful tools including self-discipline, organizational/time management skills, and a general breadth of knowledge about the world around us. It’s a fact that many women must work at a paying job in order to support their families, and that many others make the choice without being so compelled by their financial circumstances. It’s best to be prepared.
At work, I am currently training a young woman who took the easy way through school and is now a single mother of two children attempting to quickly improve herself so that she can provide for her family; a smart girl now, sadly let down by parents who were clearly not interested enough in encouraging her to become self-sufficient.