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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Math Girls Are the New Norm

I love summer, but the prospect of fall excites me. Why? The National Women of Color Technology Conference arrives shortly. The 13th annual event, in my humble opinion, is the premier gathering for women of color that work, or aspire to work in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. WOC rocks. If you don’t believe me, just look at who featured at last year's event.

That’s why the news that girls can do math just as well as boys is such a turn-on. Math “geeks” (and I write the word geek with pride and affection) among our daughters, sisters, nieces, mothers, and aunts aren’t aberrations. Math girls are the new norm and a study of the test scores of seven million students in 10 states, published in Science magazine, proves it.

Click here to see a video of the Math Girl news.

OK. Full disclosure. I’m biased because there are female scientists in my family and I edit Women of Color magazine, the sister publication of US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine.

Regardless. The prospect of thousands of women techs and scientists, all of whom are good in math, celebrating their achievements is a delight to anticipate. Nuff said.--Frank McCoy.