Science doesn't have a gender. Neither does brilliance.
But a recent U.S. study – published in the journal Science – found that girls as young as 6 years old believe that being "really, really smart" means being a boy. Women already are underrepresented in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines.
So if girls take themselves out of the game early, how does that impact the career choices they might make later on?
That's why the United Nations introduced the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on Feb. 11. It's all about encouraging and empowering women and girls to embrace this field.
In that spirit, we invited a group of 4- and 5-year-old girls at Abbott's Early Discoveries – a child development center open to employees – to ask female scientists why they love science.
Early Discoveries has a fully functioning STEM Lab, filled with microscopes and magnifying glasses. A light table for viewing human X-rays. Building blocks and ramps, and more. Open to kids 2½ years and up, the STEM Lab's igniting these imaginations early.
As does Abbott. Today's students are tomorrow's inventors and innovators – so we support programs that ignite a passion for STEM careers. Over the past decade, Abbott and the Abbott Fund have invested more than $44 million in programs and exhibits that advance STEM education. And that's for kids from the primary grades through high school, in countries around the world.
When you can see it, you can be it. Take a look at what these girls learn from women who know the power of possibility.
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