Inspiring the next generation of female engineers | Debbie Sterling | TEDxPSU

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Close your eyes and picture and engineer. You probably weren't envisioning Debbie Sterling. Debbie Sterling is an engineer and founder of GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. She has made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math.GoldieBlox is a book series+construction set that engages kids to build through the story of Goldie, the girl inventor who solves problems by building simple machines. Debbie writes and illustrates Goldie's stories, taking inspiration from her grandmother, one of the first female cartoonists and creator of ""Mr. Magoo."" Her company, launched in 2012, raised over $285,000 in 30 days through Kickstarter, and has been featured in numerous publications such as The Atlantic and Forbes.Prior to founding GoldieBlox, Debbie served as the Marketing Director of Lori Bonn, a national jewelry company. For the past 7 years, she has also served as a brand strategy consultant for a wide variety of organizations including Microsoft, T-Mobile, Organic Valley and the New York Knicks.Debbie's inspiration to create a mission-driven company came in 2008, when she spent 6 months volunteering at a grassroots nonprofit in rural India. She created a viral fundraising campaign called ""I Want a Goat,"" raising over $30,000 for economic and educational development in the region. This experience helped pave the way to finding her true passion: inspiring the next generation of female engineers.Debbie completed her degree in engineering at Stanford (Product Design, '05) and currently lives with her husband in San Francisco.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)



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Akinomagetro
As someone who owns an engineering company, I've personally seen and experienced men trying to discourage determined, capable women from entering/staying in the industry. I think, some men base their masculinity by being in this industry and feel insulted that women can work in the same industry.
Alina Krichevsky
USA problem... I study in Germnay , medical engineering , we are 50/50 . I come for Israel where many engineering fields are full of women. \nI was born in Ukraine - I played with Barbies and cars as a child , I was never seen as the \
Alison Park
According to statistical facts, women tend to go for more safe majors such as literature, theology, etc.\nMales go for more challenging majors\nEngineering, CS, etc.\nThis is not sexism they are FACTS.\nAnd I think it's wonderful more women are going into more challenging majors:))
Bandar Bin Khalid
one of my fav speech.\n\n 
Bilguun Jargalsaikhan
When my mom suggested to me to become a civil engineer I pictured myself this strong smart woman in suits designing beautiful constructions visiting the site and giving instructions to the workers. It sounded pretty amazing as a girl who will be doing such things. And right now I'm on the path to become an engineer but sometimes I really do feel lonely and discouraged though. These kind of talks really inspire and sharpen me a lot! Thank you so much. And what you are doing right now is so great Debbie!
Brianna Joi
i have always wanted to go into engineering because my dad told me that but i really didn't know what it was and know i really want to do it. I am eleven and i and really inspired already… Thanx
Carol Danvers
So many sexist men in the comment section as usually missing the damn point.
Chenanigans
Please tell me that I'm not the only female adult who plans on buying this toy and playing with it myself?..
Dr. Mind-Body-Soul
Impressive!\nThat's one business leader who didn't steal the idea from others and did something truly useful for the next generation, teaching creativity.  I am glad she did not work for an average corporation instead went her own way.\nMy best engineering student ever is a woman, she understood Aerospace engineering better than any man in the class.\nI hope the parents realize that we are slowly falling behind in technology. Our kids are becoming better at video games shooting virtual enemies than thinking and doing anything creative on their own. Even their social skills are sliding; we may end up with millions of young people with little skills and wasted potential. We should think and act now.
Emilia
I'm a teenage girl and I want to become an engineer. Never have I thought \
Fida Aifiya
After watching this video, I said to my mom, \
FremenChica
I am a woman and an Engineer and I feel like I fit in just fine.
GG Gonzalez
I am so glad that you made your toy!!! I wouldn't have extended my love for science!!! I feel like I don't fit in at school sometimes, but your toy showed me that I didn't need to fit in and that I could be different from all the other girls!!! You are very important in my life!!! I am glad that my uncle got me your toys and your sweater for Christmas, ( I where that sweater EVERYWHERE) You are amazing!!! Please keep up with the good work!!! YOU GAVE ME CONFIDENCE!!! Thank you so much!!! I LOVE SCIENCE!!! I send you my best wishes!!! Thanks for everything that you have done for me!!! THANK YOU GOLDIEBLOX!!! ( I love the name) Again thank you!!!
Grasshopper Gillian
This video is my life at Purdue haha
Hannah Flores
All of these males who are posting negative comments about female engineers are just intimidated lol 
Henry David Spells III
I just wanted to send you (i.e. Debbie) a word of encouragement, congratulate you on your current success and wish you even more success in the future.\n\nI plan on buying at least one GoldieBlox toy for my daughter for Christmas.  I showed her the video and she thought it was cool. I think the time for you idea has come. I plan on playing with my daughter and the GoldieBlox toy because I think it will encourage her as well as help her enjoy it more. Even if she does nothing in the engineering field I think this will be great for her in general and broaden her mind.\n\nI love your idea of having a verbal component to the construction set. Girls do tend to be better at verbal skills, they tend to use them more frequently (i.e. yes statistically girls talk more than guys), and verbalizing ideas helps everyone not just girls.\n\nFor future ideas think about adding more social aspects to one or more toys. Perhaps something that allowed two girls to work on a project at the same time. Perhaps you've already thought of this? I'll have to see once I get the toy.\n\nThank you for creating these toys.
Hermes Mercury
Boys and girls should try every type of toy so they can have a broad knowledge so they have more options when taking important decisions, and we shouldn't judge if a boy wants to play with dolls, for example. That's the message not any of the conspiranoic statements some people make.
Hokibukisa
Most female engineers I work with are not native USA. Austrian, russian, chinese, japanese, indian. I think its more about US women (or western women), than it is about female engineers. Now that I mention it, I've never actually worked with a western female engineer, ever.
I AM BORED
This is seriously AH.... MAZING. I am studying petroleum engineering. I am in my First year and guys in my department really treat us 2 girls like dirt... literal dirt! \nBut i will never give up I KNOW I WILL BECOME A PETROLEUM ENGINEER. Please pray for me 😇
Jane Geary
It's cultural because girls in 3rd world societies go for jobs they don't enjoy but that pay well, because they are under pressure to produce money to feed their families.\n\nWhereas on the flip side, men in western societies go for these jobs because they are constantly under pressure to produce money, and western women simply aren't expected to feed their husband and children.
Jess Whallon
I find it funny at the amount of attention the \
Jessica S
I'm studying to be a civil engineer..hope I succeed
Joanna K. Sobieski
I teared up watching this. I think Debbie's story is just so incredibly inspirational. She is an incredible role model not only to the little girls she reaches through GoldieBlox, but also to young women everywhere who want to break ground in education. I hope to someday contribute to the effort to design innovative media that helps empower girls to dream big and know that they can accomplish great things.
Johnny
So she basically realized that all the guys in the class are doing well because they study till 3 in the morning?? That was some male privilege wasn't that.\n\nNow how about bringing equality in professions like nursing. And what about the fact that 56% of all graduates are female. Any affirmative action for males available
Jules Manson
There is a God and He is good. Beauty plus brains trumps everything else. She is likely one of the most intelligent CEO's around and the hottest ever speaker on TED Talks. 
Justin Hanlon
As she says women have a different perspective. In a field such as engineering where innovative ideas and thinking outside the norm is so rewarded there should be a definite demand for girls to have an equal chance for an engineering career.
Kaiserlicher König
even if shes talkin for women i as a male was really motivated by her. I always wanted to be an engineer but i lack of confidence that maybe im not smart enough(or not born smart enough) but its more like how bad you want it.
Katherine Ramirez
This was such a heartfelt Ted talk & really hit home for me as an industrial engineer in my senior year. Especially personally this week because I have dealt my whole college life with doubters and disbelievers in my intelligence and diligence & to realize I'm not alone in feeling alone was very awakening and motivating. I'm so inspired to inspire young females to dare to challenge societal pressures and expectations and open the minds of the close minded. An engineer once asked me what it was like to be in a \
Katie Goldner
This is really awesome. I wish I had a toy like this as a child. My parents were awesome and did buy me and my sister \
Lamisa Rahman
I'm 9 and by watching this video I want to be a gaming scientist!!
Lee Carlson
I saw this video, and went out and ordered Goldieblox for my daughter, who has been using modelling clay, straws, toothpicks and bottle-caps to build things for the past year. Now she's going to have more toys that she can build with.
Lexus Fox
*We don't \
Liz Netherwood
Seinfan - there ARE lots of calls for men to take those roles!!!
Loz
This is very similar to me but I`m only 15. My math teacher handed me a Lego robotics kit and told me to build something and he walked away with the instructions. I did build a really cool crane that was drive-able and you could move it up and down and move objects with it, it was my own design and it worked. He gave me a challenge after that, he put a \
Madison Halbom
This is amazing, I am a 20 year old girl who had no clue what I wanted to do before last summer. I have always been a good student and I love to create things. Deciding on a major was difficult for me until I found the field of engineering. Although I am intimidated by the next few years in order to earn my degree by I am proud to say I am pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering, I would love to design medication one day. It is great to watch this video and know that I am not the only one who was intimidated but am still going through with it!
Marcela Del Vechio
Man are pissed when see the status quo changing. Welcome to the future, boys.
Mark Bradley
Women won't strive to become engineers, doctors, etc. while society treats them like children. Obviously many aspects of being a woman is very hard, but nowhere near as hard as being a man. Everything from not even being allowed to defend yourself against a female attacker, having to sign up for the draft in order to vote, being viewed as a rapist because of 1 bogus accusation, to being seen as a bum for not having a job...while a woman not working is the most normal thing ever.\n\nFeminism = the belief that women are giant children\nEgalitarianism = everyone is equal
Michael Johnson
I didn't trade in my humanity when I became and engineer, and neither has my daughter. She just finished her senior year at Colorado School of Mines as an EE. I'm a very proud dad, she's still very much a young woman, beautiful, empathetic and smart. She'll make a great employee, business owner, what ever she chooses as well as a great mother and wife (someday but not too soon). I manage engineers these days and personally, I WANT women engineers on my teams. They're motivated, talented and more willing to push through the grunt work to get things done right than egotistical testosterone driven male geeks. Engineering, big time engineering is a team sport and frankly, male engineers don't always play together well but throw a woman or two on the team, and everyone behaves.\nYou go Debbie - show the world (at least America) that women make great engineers. My daughter will be right behind you.
Mindy Chin
Thank you Debbie for starting GoldieBlox :)
Miracles Happen
Fantastic job and great speech! I loved playing with my brother's lego when I was a child because my parents kept giving me dolls and I found playing with dolls so boring... Creativity should not be determined by gender stereotypes, each child should be allowed to play with whatever they wish. We should stop reiterating ancient stereotypes in our culture; creativity is genderless and so is engineering!
Mitch Roldan
I am a female electronics engineering student from the Philippines 😊
Narayan S
This presentation is absolutely fascinating and an 'eye opener' for stereotypes. I would like to see much more female participation in the field of engineering and sciences. Debbie set a great example for aspiring girls to emulate her success and make their lives valuable by positive contribution. Move on girls!
Nidia Valle
Cool story. That one professor was messed up though :/ I hated(and still do) the girls' toy section since it's too pink and purple and ugh, god, all the princesses. My favourite toys were Legos and stuffed animals. It was so fun to build colourful castles lol :\u003e
Nils Unterharnscheidt
Wtf is up with the negativity by men here? Just because she's building toys for girls and encouraging them to go for engineering majors, that is somehow threatening to you? Wtf. The whole point is that boys and girls should be able to capitalize their full potential and be encouraged to pursue interests besides the standard blue/pink shit they have at toy stores. I'm a male engineer and I think what she did is fantastic.
Patrick Barry
I am a male who choose to change from being an engineer to being a early childhood teacher when I turned 50. Everyday I tell all the children I care for that they are engineers, scientists, botanists, physicists, doctors, and many more labels. I applied these labels to all the children my care. The labels I applied reflected the dispositions these children displayed. So many children are awesome scientists and engineers. Both girls and boys.
PaulIvanish
No. Do not like.\nThis video is about a personal story and it diverges too much from a TEDx that arises or is supposed to arise some motivation.\n\nOh well, this one I watched and did not like. I detect the feminist tones here and engineering has nothing to do with picking a gender. Engineer is a gender-neutral word, and if it isn't it ought to be. Chuvinism, patriarchy, \
Philly Anchor
Awesome!! Debbie Sterling this is a great deal for our young daughters.
Pratchayanee Luepuwapitakkul
Thank you for sharing, you are inspiring! My daughter is not princess type and I definitely want my daughter to do well in math & science :)
RCPilot
Point 1. Mainly Men are engineers because naughty society. \nPoint 2. You claim that Women can be engineers because there is no difference between men and women.\nPoint 3. You THEN claim that women will bring something to the engineering table that men cannot!\nDo you see how point 2 and point 3 are incompatible? \nIt makes no sense. \n\nLet me ask you a question. \nWhy did you feel weird in engineering courses because you are a woman. \n\nIf you stop thinking of yourself as a female engineer, and just start thinking about yourself as an ENGINEER, all your problems will just go away.\n\nAlso, by the way you talk about your career as if it's just a job.\nNever do you once say that you find your work interesting. \nIf you do a job just to 'End a Pay Gap' then run away.\nAlso I don't hate you. This is not a hate comment. Please do not delete it TEDx talks.
Rachel Dowavic
This is so inspiring. I always watch this when I feel discouraged.
Renee B
this is so inspiring being a girl that wants to go into engineering
Rockets2Writing
This is a great video. As a female engineer I run into all of these struggles on a daily basis. I also had a hard time learning spatial skills and struggled in drawing/CAD class. GoldieBlox is a great first step to helping get more girls interested in engineering and build their confidence in STEM.
S Mckenzie-Pinto
This made me cry so much... I'm a Jamaican, female, Chemical Engineering student, struggling sooooo hard to find the zeal to continue to pursue this degree. I am the only one in my entire family that has pursued an Engineering degree and that fact alongside being a female and being Caribbean has made me feel soooooo lonely for soooo long. I feel like I don't fit in, and I probably never will. On top of that, I've failed 5 key modules and as such I have to spend an extra year? Can I catch up? Will I ever be good enough? Will I be hired in Jamaica much less anywhere else? Do I have something to contribute to the world?What am I doing and why am I here? I have sooo many dreams and concepts and ideas but with all that is and has been I just feel completely worthless, useless and unnecessary as an Engineer. I started out wanting to make a difference in Jamaica, now all I want to do is pass my last 3 courses and run as far away from Engineering as possible... I am genuinely heart-broken at the thought of it all and I was so close to giving up. But thank you... Thank you sooooooo much Debbie, for this presentation and for pushing through till it happened. And thank you for sharing this journey and experience with the wider world... I needed to hear this; I really needed to see this and I will no longer negate myself or compare myself to the male engineers... I will work harder and I will pursue my business ideas and I will try and I will not give up... I will honestly admit I am still terrified... but thank you sooo much for hope. God bless you Love!
Sam
Man this is inspiring for me a teen girl that wants to be a bio medical engineer.
Sara Bushra
She's intelligent and beautiful. This is really inspiring. I want to be a chemical engineer! :)
Sarah Gustafson
I was the girl who played with my brother's legos and ignored my barbies. I loved my college engineering classes. But I was always one of a few girls in those classes, sometimes the only one. It makes me happy that my little girl might have a different experience one day.
Sarah Shaheen
this is my favorite ted talk, i really admire and respect what youve done, this is empowering for me as a woman who plans on becoming an engineer, this honestly made me tear up
Seasonal Frostbite
Im studying chemistry. But boy engineering is amazing I have a lot of female friends in that field. :)) u are inspring.
Sebastian Rohr
This is so cool. Debbie Sterling i love you for giving my daughter an alternative to barbie ;-)
Skylight Hurricane
i am a man and i support this.
Sophia James
I'm an Electrical Engineer.  I had the most amazing Physics teacher in HS, he taught me about engineering, he encouraged me because I excelled at math and science.  Unlike my own father who told me I couldn't be an engineer because I was a girl and I couldn't understand mechanical things.  Anyhow I worked hard and I'm now proud of what I've accomplished.  I went to school and worked with all men for the last 20+ years.  I now have a 10 year old daughter, who also excels at math and science.  However, I'm not sure that I would wish my daughter to be an engineer, sadly engineering in the US is not fun, at least that is my experience, employers treat their engineers like they don't matter.  We are just another employee, just a number they can replace us with cheaper engineers in India or China.  We are not treated like the great inventors of companies, we are not respected like we should be because without us they would have NO business, without us engineers they would have NO revenue.  Sadly, I don't have a positive feeling about the profession any longer, and will not encourage my daughter to go into engineering.  :(
Stenila Simon
Females do need to be exposed to all the opportunities out there instead of being exposed only to the \
Tampa0123456789
Wow another good TED speech but what I find shocking are some of the comments. You would think that by 2014 we wouldn't even be having these debates.\n2014 and we are still B***t ing and moaning about gender roles.\n\nThe only weakness for females would be physical. They might struggle doing manual labor such as using a jack-hammer but mentally the are equal to males. Its just the way kids are programed. Most parents don't even do it intentionally but each gender is programed to do certain things so by the time they grow up they are on auto pilot. They can't tell you why they like doing this or that because they were program to do certain jobs while they were young. That's why each gender tend to do certain job.\n\nIts takes guts to say NO! I will be what I want to be.
Tank S.
I'm a guy and I played Barbie doll when I was a kid. But I chose electrical engineering to be my major while I was in college. And now I'm a engineer. Hahaha. I still think Barbie dolls are pretty. What's wrong with guys playing Barbie?
Thao Tiana Nguyen
In my teenage, I used to think that science & engineering is for boys, though I loved and excelled at math. Now I'm 25 and I regret that I didn't apply for a science or engineering degree....
The Promethean
Good on the women choosing these fields instead of the whiners that say more women should be in STEM but hold a degree in social justice (or similar pointless crap). Be the change you want to see.
TheCounterpointer
I am really not sure. Surely, there are people with prejudices that discourage girls going into engineering, but it's also equally ridiculous to say that there's no biology at all. 2013 UPenn study found that men and women's brain have different connectivity. \n\nI'm not even surprised that girls do better in science in public schools. Men's brain develops much later than girls. Also, public school systems are rigged against boys. I mean, majority of teachers are female. Men are generally better at test-taking, and women are better at doing homework, finishing assignments on time. Boys are falling behind in school, this is a fact. School is no longer about knowledge, it's really about being organized and finishing task on time and boys are just terrible at that. Getting better grades in school, especially in science subject doesn't actually mean that they know more and better equipped in the real world. \n\nWhenever I watch these kinds of videos, I wonder if these people actually think that men and women are made exactly the same. It's a nice philosophy to think that we're all made the same, but that's not what science says. If given the same opportunity, do you think that engineers would be 50 vs 50? Or, perhaps gender balanced across all fields? Are girls discouraged to go into construction? Any girls here want to work on some hardcore physical labour at construction sites? Oh you think girls don't want to work on construction but want to be engineers? That's some real double standard.\n\nConstruction is actually very closely related to engineering: construction and manufacturing workers (who are also dominantly male) bring life to engineers' imaginations. Literally, engineers are bosses to dominantly-male workers. When construction and manufacturing workers are predominantly male, maybe engineers should be male, because they understand each other much better. \n\nI'm a male and I'm in the field of education. I see so much discrimination against boys in schools than against girls. Look at the dropouts. Look at the mental illness diagnosis. Teachers are mostly women and they don't understand boys at all. When boys are falling behind in school OVERALL, women would just focus on engineering. Tell me how that's not cherry-picking. That's some real gender equality, if you ask me.
Ulyana
Found this as I'm doing research on programming, I'm a week in to my first class. Love this!
VentionMGTOW
But wait a minute! That scientist guy wore that shirt so the feminist wackos say that means you can't be an engineer. Sorry you're going to have to find another job.
Wafae
this is so inspirational!
With drew
Well Tony Dennis, im sure you meant to put a question mark somewhere, but pointless comments aside. These beautifully brilliant women are about to take over the world, and i, for one, am going to do every single thing in my power to make it happen. i must say that with my Heart, imagination, multiple delicately honed perspectives, and the ungodly drive i have found, over time, everything is within my power. So, the longevity of that authoritative look of paternal dominance in your eyes is less than nothing compared to the inevitability of this planet falling into the gracious hands of women who love us, and why we deserve such mercy i will always strive to understand. Or are you just a man who tells himself what he must to not cry of shame as a contrarily reacting robot of flesh?
Yumisha Niroula
Here, we are missing tinker bell. She is the coolest fairy that made me collect everything about her in my room. And inspired me build my own tree house, baskets, unicycle and other small crafts. I am 15 years now and am grown up by opening machines and wondering what would make them do their work. I feel blessed after watching this video that my family has been very supportive. Thank you so much
arunam sharma
Inspiring. I think any human can accomplish anything whether male or female. If women can be doctors, army officers they can definitely be engineers. Earlier there were lesser opportunities but nowadays women are I'm every field which will inspire the next generation even more.
athena energy Shine
Your right about the toys. If we were given these toys we would have better spatial skills and love science and engineering.
beyonce
Wow I'm 16 and I'm inspired by her
blue berry
Why this made me cry ? I think we all, femel engineers or femel in general, feel some kind of inferiority, I don't understand why ?? why boys always underestimate us ? why they question me when I get something right ? It drives me crazy when they ask from where I copied the solution while I did it all by myself.
calflikesveal
To all those talking about feminism, you either haven't watched the video or you're missing the point of her speech. This video is about empowering female engineers, not about feminism. There are so many women who will do well as engineers, but do not go into the field simply because of how they themselves and other people perceive engineering. That's what she's trying to change, and that was the whole focus of her speech, not some lofty equality bullshit.
catothewiser
What a BS story about her class.  The reality is that women are coddled their whole lives by White knights.
eve lewis
This is for everyone i am an 11 year old female i want to be a mechanic or engineer since i made a helicopter in DT i have always been a bit of a tomboy since i was young i had poweranger action figures and loved marvel and DC and loads of action films when i was about seven a bunch of girls pushed me in to a ditch and hit me with sticks i was to scared to fight back but to strong to cry i just stood there let them hit me and call me transgender until i finally plucked up the courage to fight back i stood there then as they were coming towards me i took a risk and dived into the thorns they missed me by millimetres so I took the opportunity to run home i ran to my bedroom and cried and 4 years later i still have problems with it but i just want to give my message that we are all equal no matter race, sexuality, size, weight, family, friends or gender we are all perfect and all if us are unique and i want you all to realise i am an 11 year old
isabel c.
This video touched my heart, I am in my first year in mechanical engineering and I know what she means by, by saying how you have this feeling that you just don't fit. Its true to said that most of your male classmates are always talking to you like if the only job you are capable of as a woman is as a housewife and is very sad. I am glad to said that we are at least ten females in my engineering class which is more than there were in the past years. Good for her and her duty to promote engineering for girls! We need more women in engineering!
jamen1993
Keep up the good work Debbie. I always like to work with female engineers, it really broadens my own perspective.
jane janier
This is very inspiring. I am studying civil engineering, damn I am planning to kill myself but then mom linked this to me.
lau S
I thought this was going to be another \
littlemermaid
This made me cry. I'm Hispanic, an immigrant, a woman, and a dreamer. I'm studying to be an engineer and this really touched me. It motivated me to work harder. I also do not fit in and still don't, but I definitely feel like I found my call. Never have I been able to make something come alive from all my crazy ideas. I'm even inspiring my brother who now has shown an interest in the STEM world. So thank you, Debbie, for this presentation and for pushing through.
mboiko
The STEM field is very diverse...the problem is the vast number of Indian and Asian women and men in STEM strangely don't seem to count? Notice, not all..but most of the time it's a white woman complaining there's not enough \
methylene5
I'm a chemical engineer, with 13 yrs experience in the high tech (nuclear research) and petrochemical industry. When I was a kid, my parents bought me action figures, and I frequently got into trouble when I swapped them for legos with friends. I refused to play with anything else. I spent my early years building/designing all manner of contraptions - mechanical/electrical and chemical synthesis - nothing would hold me back. Engineers are not made, we are born. If Debbie didn't know what engineering was until college, she isn't cut from the same cloth. \nShe blames the establishment for not producing more female engineers, uses some nonsense statistic to show that girls should be better at engineering, whist soon after admitting she ran out of a class in tears once because of a teachers critique. Geez, good luck hacking it in \
nashwa mirza
Hey, Iam also studying engineering, being a girl it's very interesting too
pianobooks42
When I as a kid, I inherited my dad and uncle's toys. I had dolls and things, but I loved to build. My interest was in building them houses, roads, full on cities if they were small enough dolls. I'd build zoos containing every tiny plastic animal I owned. It was better than some of the dollhouses I had because, as I continually got upset about. \
randie 63
Very great speech. I agree that it's cultural, and girls should play with lego's more! ;)
sam0var
There are differences between men and women, people of different cultures. Those differences are going to manifest themselves in one way or another. There are innumerable reasons for how and why people choose the direction of their education. Empirically speaking, shouldn't the low number of women in the sciences bring us to te conclusion they aren't as interested as men are?
sara leong
This is incredible. I've been a STEM nerd/lover since at least 6th grade. My favorite toys were ALWAYS LEGOs. With my younger brother, I made his first LEGO for him. My dad's an engineer and even if he didn't have a daughter he would be interested in getting more women into STEM careers (but he does so he's even more interested). I've designed websites that are online and live, and my dad's going to find a website or class or something to teach me how to code. My dream school is MIT and I'm only in 8th grade! Math (and Science) have always been my favorite subjects and I want to grow up to change the world.
seqingnicole
Thank you so much.
shreyasi singhal
That's really cool..but things are rather different in India...u pursued engineering because u wanted to and it's very very very surprising for me that your mom reacted in the way she did when you told her that you wanted to be an engineer..and here my parents want me to become one no matter what....they just want me to do that 4 year course and after that I can do whatever I want to...strange right????😂😂😂😂
shuang shuang
In the field of engineering, women can play their important role. I personally feel that if social inclusion can be improved, more women will be better developed in the engineering field. Why do many people think that women's ability to work is not as good as men? In China, many companies and well-known companies have serious gender discrimination; they often do not prefer women even if they have the same academic qualifications and abilities.
simi 17
i am a girl when i told my family about me doing engineering my brother saud to me get over your self girls don't do engineering .. well it kind broke my heart i don't know what to do now
weaver
I agree with the culture at the young age. I remember when I was at my friend's house, there was this electronic board game of some sort that we were able to play with. There were speakers, wires, and all this other wonderful stuff I could meddle with. However, at my house there was no such toy. I still remember those play dates with my friend and that wonderful board game, and now I am asking for a bread board and a Raspberry Pi for my birthday because of that interest at a young age. I am thankful I get to watch YouTube videos of my liking to bolster my interest in electronics, and I cannot wait until I create cool stuff like digital clocks and more.
witch, please
My grandma was in the military. My aunt is a doctor. My mom is a University professor. My older sister is an architect. I want to be a video game developer. I'm so proud to be in a family of intellectual and accomplished black women.
珊瑚
My parents were absolutely against me majoring in the humanities. They encouraged me to go into engineering. I'm glad I did. Gender wasn't even in the question.