Every time you see a science-y girl in a book she tends to be wearing dungarees. Or overalls. This in the crux of our blog post today and a mission which is close to the heart of Smock: wearing a dress doesn’t mean you’re a princess; and to be an engineer you don’t need to dress like a boy. At Smock we believe in inspiring every kind of girl to shine in every kind of way.
My oldest girl is 7. She is devoted to dresses, loves handbags, and always has a sparkle somewhere, meanwhile her top gift from Father Christmas was a hydraulic robotic arm, her notebook is full of ‘creative’ equations and Rosie Revere Engineer is her favourite book. She is my inspiration today.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and right now women are massively underrepresented in these industries - at just 20%. The key to rebalancing, the press tell us, is banishing the stereotypes and most importantly fanning the flames of little passions - critically before they reach 10 years old. Do you have a little lady who’s fixated with figures? Who is taken with Thomas the Tank Engine? Who has a penchant for a (plastic) powertool? We celebrate her today. Here are a selection of our favourite gifts, clubs, outings and books for little ladies who love their Smocks and their STEM!
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OUTINGS, CLUBS AND GAMES:
www.goldieblox.com - Super inspirational STEM brand of girls toys!
www.stemettes.org - A super girl gang set up to spread the STEM love with communities, activities and inspiration!