Children’s curiosity to discover the world around them and to understand how it works is one of the ingredients that, along with imagination, spark an interest in science in girls and boys during childhood. To encourage little ones’ contact with the scientific universe, how about sharing the stories of the rebellious girls in science?
In an essay recently published on the website Literary Hub, psychologist and Yale University professor Frank C. Keil explains that during childhood, children want to know how the world works. Combining admiration, imagination and curiosity, which stimulate research and spark interest in science, the little ones find the answers they want.
However, as they grow older, children put this scientific interest aside, gradually diminishing their curiosity for discoveries. In adult life, Professor Frank points out that this behavioral change initiated in childhood is reflected, for example, in the scientific literature, which presents adults with no books explaining why and how the world continues to evolve and be replaced by new content.
Why introduce rebellious girls in science to children?
Both to help children take an interest in science into adulthood and to encourage them girls empowerment inspiring the little ones to be what they want to be, it is fundamental to present the stories of the rebellious girls in science who transformed the scientific universe.
“Every time a girl sees herself leading a story or seeing herself as a scientist or engineer, that’s a big step forward! We need to see more female role models in every aspect of society.”.
– Nancy Parent, writer
The revolutionary stories of women who have overcome the challenges that have come their way with daring, courage and great talent not only expand the children’s repertoire and open up new learning opportunities, show the new generation of girls that they are also capable of realize their dreams with strength, determination and confidence.
Ada Lovelace was a talented mathematician and writer who is considered the first female programmer in history. Ada earned that title because she developed the first algorithm to be processed by a machine.
Recognition of Ada’s other discoveries, such as the “analytical engine” designed in collaboration with scientist Charles Babbage, came years after her death, when scientist Alan Turing named her the creator of the first algorithm.
The story of Ada, who was encouraged by her mother to study math, shows girls how they too can make great things, while teaching boys the importance of recognizing girls’ great ideas.
Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka was born in Uganda and at just 25 years old she became her country’s first wildlife veterinarian.
Gladys became world famous for developing a successful plan to prevent mountain gorillas from dying of human disease. In addition to saving and increasing the population of this rare species, Gladys’ pioneering work has become the institution Preservation through public healththat brings together specialized professionals and volunteers to care for and preserve the lives of mountain gorillas.
Gladys’ love of animals and her desire to save gorillas inspire girls and boys to help others and work together as a team to achieve a common goal.
Considered one of the greatest Brazilian biologists, Bertha Lutz is one of the rebellious girls in science that kids should know.
In addition to her love of biology, the daughter of Doctor Adolfo Lutz and nurse Amy Bruce Lee also studied law so she could help women fight for equality. Bertha once said that “If a woman wants to succeed in life, she must throw herself. If you fail once, you have to try another hundred. It is precisely the new generation that is responsible for continuing women’s struggle for equality.”.
Bertha’s journey in science and in the fight for women’s rights inspires girls to keep coming together to overcome challenges with courage, and invites boys to help them build a more equal future together.
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Katherine Johnson was a mathematician and computer scientist who worked at NASA who became world famous for checking and developing the complicated calculations that allowed astronaut John Glenn to safely orbit the Earth.
In addition to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, science rebels who also worked at NASA during the same period, Katherine revolutionized women’s participation in the science field, which inspired the Oscar-nominated film “Stars Beyond.”
Katherine’s brilliant story, along with Dorothy and Mary, is an incredible example of how girls can and should be protagonists of great discoveries, showing boys how rebellious girls are sources of inspiration and new knowledge.
In 1992, astronaut Mae Jemison became the first black woman to travel into space! Aboard the STS-47 mission, Mae overcame all barriers that came her way and entered the history of rebel girls in science.
Mae Jemison is not only an astronaut, but also a doctor, entrepreneur and chemical engineer. About the girls empowermentMae once said: “The first thing to do with empowerment is understanding that you have a right to be involved. The second is that you have to make significant contributions and the third is that you have to take risks to make those contributions.”
Mae’s incredible story presents valuable lessons for children’s lives, such as the importance of developing the courage to occupy new spaces and help others do so.
Marie Curie was a physicist who became known all over the world for discovering the radioactivity caused by two elements called radium and polonium with her husband Pierre Curie.
Marie was also the first woman in history to win the Nobel Prize twice. His discoveries were very important in saving the lives of soldiers during the First World War and are still widely used in the treatment of various diseases.
Marie Curie’s fascinating discovery was made after years of study, showing children that dedication and perseverance are the key ingredients to making dreams come true.
Jaqueline Goes de Jesus
Jaqueline Goes de Jesus is one of the rebellious girls in science who stood out in the field of Brazilian scientific research. Jaqueline has a degree in Biomedicine, also has a PhD in Human Pathology and is studying Infectious Diseases in her post-doctorate.
Jaqueline became world famous for mapping the first genomes of SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil in just 48 hours after confirming the country’s first case of Covid-19.
In addition to her performance being fundamental to monitoring the virus in Brazil, Jaqueline’s discovery also turned her into a Barbie doll to inspire and empower many girls who dream of becoming scientists.
Engineer Yoky Matsuoka revolutionized the world of robotics by creating mechanical arms that can help people regain muscle movement. Yoky’s studies made her one of the first to work in a top-secret research department.
Yoky’s intelligence and talent have also led her to work at major technology and innovation companies such as Google, Twitter, Apple and Nest.
Among the rebellious girls in science to inspire children, Yoky is an example who stands out for turning the failure of her dream of playing tennis due to her injuries into motivation to try and explore new things.
Hedy Lamarr was a great scientist and inventor, as well as an actress and filmmaker. In the scientific field, Hedy rose to prominence during World War II, when she created a revolutionary device that interfered with radio waves and confused Nazi radars.
Around 1963, Hedy revolutionized science again by creating Wi-Fi connections, which are still used by thousands of people around the world every day.
Hedy’s story shows girls that they can be anything they want and don’t have to limit themselves to developing their skills in just one area, while providing boys with an inspiring journey to be known and shared.
Sonia Guimarães was the first black woman to become a professor at the renowned Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA).
The Brazilian and doctor of physics from a university in England, is a rebellious girl who never gave up on her dreams and never stopped fighting so that other women could become scientists too.
Sonia’s great discoveries, published in various scientific journals around the world, teach children to persevere to achieve their goals.
In addition to inspiring boys and girls, the stories of these rebellious girls who transformed and continues to transform the world with their fantastic discoveries also remind families of the importance of diversifying the examples of successful people presented to children.
Children’s books are excellent means to stimulate the contact of the little ones with the stories of women who have promoted revolutions in science, by showing children in a playful and very fun way how they too can become great scientists, engineers, astronauts, physics , among many other professions related to science.
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