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Marie Curie was never my role model

from By Heather Claxton-Douglas

In the latest attempt to get young girls interested in science, the European Union, as part of their Science: It's a Girl Thing! campaign, produced a commercial peppered with long-legged models, fashion runways, makeup, a hip-hop dance background, and not a single girl doing actual science. Not surprisingly, the commercial was deemed sexist and banned with calls to "show real women scientists, like Marie Curie." This response made me pause. I didn't pursue a career in science simply because "other women were doing it" — or did I? more


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