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Sunday, April 26, 2015

6 Ways to Make Math, Science and Technology Fun for Girls (and Boys)

Photo: Leyla Seka
"Over the past few months there's been a lot of conversation about whether women are getting a fair shake in Silicon Valley." according to Leyla Seka, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Salesforce

Photo:  Huffington Post Canada

It's fantastic that there's so much focus on gender equality, but most of the discussion bypasses the fact that we still need to get more women to even try to succeed in technology. As we look ahead to the next generation, we need to be sure that we raise girls who believe they can do anything they want to do, and that we foster their interest in math, science, and technology early on. Here are six ways you can help:

1. Change Your Thinking. 
We need to take a hard look at the way we think and the messages we give to our children. Many of us were brought up to believe that girls "didn't do" math. So when I had the opportunity to learn to code I didn't take it. That was something boys did. We need to change this way of thinking, and we need to change it now! Give your girls screwdrivers and power tools. Teach them to code. Encourage them to get dirty. My kids are both boys but I promise to raise them to believe that girls can do anything they can do. 

Source: Huffington Post Canada