An Adventure in Stereotypes: Careers for Fan Girls
Recently, a popular scientific blogger caused a stir when creating a Twitter account. The reason for the stir is because readers found out, through a picture attached to the new Twitter account, that this popular “scientific” blog has been created and maintained by a woman.
As a fan girl, I am surprised about the amount of negative response related to this reveal. This made me realize that there are still many stereotypes that exist on what types of careers are deemed “appropriate” or “typical” for women. What I did not understand is “why” these stereotypes still exist, even in the 21st Century. I did some quick research and found some interesting theories:
- A recent article on the time.com mentions that a recent study conducted indicated that it is the cultural stereotypes that lure women away from Careers in Science.
- Another theory suggests that young girls are not exposed to atypical career paths and if exposed this will give them more information to understand and encourage them to pursue one of these potential careers.
- Yet another theory suggests that women in general did not have the math skills to pursue these careers, but that theory was not supported by a recent study
- Finally, someone suggests that women are just too awesome at all kinds of skills and do not want “settle” for scientific, engineering or technical careers when they qualify for other exciting careers as well.
I am sure there are many more theories on why these stereotypes still exist. No matter what or how many reasons there are for these stereotypes. Efforts like the Her Universe Year of the Fan Girl are a great start on putting us on the path of a future where these stereotypes do not exist. I hope, as time passes, all women, not just fan girls like me, will be able to put these stereotypes behind us and can choose any career they want without causing a stir!