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Letter to My Young Self

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Science Club for Girls invites women in science, engineering, technology and mathematics to participate in the “Letter to my Young Self” project by submitting a blog post (limit of 800 words), short bio (+link) and photo (preferably of a younger self) by 3/12 to media@scienceclubforgirls.org.

Women who share a love of science, engineering and technology, who are in different stages of their careers, share with their “young selves” words of encouragement, glimpses into the future and wisdom that can only be gleaned from hindsight. These letters resonate with young girls as well as anyone else on a journey.

Why this project?

There are several goals for this project:

Inspiration for “Letters to My Young Self” Project

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The idea of this series is not entirely original. Stephen Fry’s poignant letter to his 16-year-old self, Ellen Spragyn’s “If I’d Known Then”, and Isis the Scientist‘s “Letter to Our Daughters” Project, where women scientists write to aspiring ones are inspiration for “Letter to My Young Self”.

In addition to this literature, the movement to “humanize” scientists is being beautifully and skillfully implemented by PBS (Secret Lives of Scientists), and Science House.

With all of the athletes and entertainers that have celebrity status it is unfortunate that the public does not recognize influential scientists and engineers, especially women. See this video intro on Women in Science by talkingscience.

Science Club for Girls are grateful to these women for taking the time to share of themselves. We hope their letters will generate more interest in women and careers in science, engineering, technology and mathematics.

Click below to learn about the 2011 contributors and read their letters.

Click below to learn about the 2010 contributors and read their letters.

Thank you to sponsors and contributors.


Comments»

1. Dayse F. Sena - March 4, 2010

Thank you for sharing!

2. Ronnie Maffa’s letter to her young self « Science Club for Girls - March 9, 2010

[...] Letter to my Young Self [...]

3. Debra Auguste’s letter to her young self « Science Club for Girls - March 10, 2010

[...] Letter to my Young Self [...]

Jessa Piaia - March 12, 2010

Thanks, Debra. Beautifully written. I know a lot of young women will be inspired by your story…

4. Debbie Chachra’s letter to her young self « Science Club for Girls - March 11, 2010

[...] Letter to my Young Self [...]

5. Jo Solet’s letter to her young self « Science Club for Girls - March 12, 2010

[...] Letter to my Young Self [...]

6. Off-topic: Ada Lovelace Day post (kind of) « zed equals zee - March 24, 2010

[...] Club for Girls asked a number of women who work in science and technology, including me, to write a letter to our younger selves as part of their celebration of Women’s History Month. Inspired by picking up a soldering [...]

7. Letters to My Young Self 2011 « Science Club for Girls - February 3, 2012

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8. Advice from women who have blazed a trail in STEM: “Letters to my Young Self” « Authentic STEM - March 14, 2012

[...] honor of Women’s History Month, the Science Club for Girls blog initiated the “Letter to my Young Self” campaign to invite women scientists to reflect on the lessons they’ve learned in their life [...]

9. Advice from women who have blazed a trail in STEM: “Letters to my Young Self” | Educate to Innovate with STEM - March 15, 2012

[...] honor of Women’s History Month, the Science Club for Girls blog initiated the “Letter to my Young Self” campaign to invite women scientists to reflect on the lessons they’ve learned in their life [...]


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