Which government better understands how to get women interested in science?

I’ll report, you decide.

The EU “Science: it’s a girl thing!” campaign:

The White House’s Girls in STEM video (hat tip to Scicurious):

Vote in the comments! IT’LL BE A FUCKEN TIGHTTE RACE, I’M SURE!!!1 (Err. Sorry, I channeled PhysioProf for a second there.)

Also, to skew your votes ever so slightly, Teen Skepchick hosts a spirited debate about what shade of eyeshadow women scientists should work on first. I think. I nodded off halfway through the title because it wasn’t jump-cutty enough.


  1. 'Tis Himself says

    I channeled PhysioProf for a second there

    Alas, poor Jason. I knew him when he was sane. Soon he’ll be a gibbering husk of a man, muttering about the New York Yankees and spicy food.

  2. Savaga says

    As an engineer myself, the White House STEM competition really gives me hope that there are still kids (especially girls) interested in STEM fields in this country. I didn’t get the opportunity to compete in something like that, but I think it really would have been a fantastic experience.

  3. Icaarus says

    Some of those whitehouse projects were amazing. I hope they get external review and help. If that land mine detector really works it could be a game changer for the de-mining projects around the world. (Last time I checked it was $0.50 to deploy a land mine and $500 to pull one back out of the ground)

  4. ohioobserver says

    Say what you will about Barack Obama, it’s refreshing (in an escaping-from-drowning sense) to have a President who respects science, understands it’s importance, and even appears to have an appreciation for what is says and does.

  5. Erin says

    I don’t think there’s any competition there. I mean, the US one doesn’t make me want to cover someone’s car with melted lipstick…it does make me want to eat some fruit and do some knitting/dying, though.

  6. pwillow1 says

    Wow, not even a contest.

    I couldn’t bear to watch the 53-second EU one all the way through. But with the US one, about 8 times the length of the EU one, I got quite choked up listening to those enthusiastic young people and seeing their projects. I came away inspired and hopeful.

  7. P Smith says

    “Which government?” Actually, which *part* of government in the US’s case. I’m sure there are plenty of cretins who want those girls in a home-ec class instead of a science class.

    Some ideas were simple but useful, some were ambitious and some were pipe dreams, but they all accomplished the main goal: they were thinking and experimenting. They aren’t “girls doing science”, they’re students doing science. They shouldn’t need qualifiers.

  8. left0ver1under says

    Icaarus says (#4):

    If that land mine detector really works it could be a game changer for the de-mining projects around the world. (Last time I checked it was $0.50 to deploy a land mine and $500 to pull one back out of the ground)

    Related to mine detection, I read a story this week about “silly string”.


    It sounds like a product plug, but it does seem to be a cheap way to detect booby traps inside buildings. The soldier opens the door and sprays it in. If it hangs in the air, there’s a tripwire.

  9. says

    I was on the “gender expert” group that provided recommendations to the EC as background for their work on the “Science: It’s a girl thing!” campaign. Four of us from the group issued a statement today which on the one hand is clearly critical of the teaser video that has received so much attention (clearly, if you speak “diplomat” at least) and on the other hand tries to say that the issue of recruiting more women to science is so crucial and so important that the EC shouldn’t get totally derailed by this snafu. Our statement was published at wp.me/p22Uc1-XC .

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