There’s plenty going on in the geek world right now, with Comic-Con underway. The worlds of comics, movies, games and TV (along with every form of media above, beyond and in between the majors) are primed to explode. But there’s a smaller piece of news out this week that’s arguably much more important than any big movie announcement or celebration of fan culture. It has potential implications for the future of women in science in this country, and, at the very least, it’s the most awesome, pro-fem thing I’ve heard all week.
I’m referring to the fact that young women absolutely swept the first Google Science Fair.
In their respective age groups, Shree Bose, Naomi Shah and Lauren Hodge dominated the field of over 10,000 entrants from countries around the world. Of all the 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18 year old science whizzes in the world, these three ladies rank on top. They also got nifty Lego trophies for their phenomenal work.
Both Bose and Hodge did research related to cancer.
Specifically, her findings were focused on ovarian cancer, one of the nastiest forms of the disease.
It’s a quietly historic moment for women in science – an acknowledgement that – at least in the younger generation – the traditional gap between male and female achievement in science is closing. Bose has encouraging words on that subject: “Personally I think that’s amazing, because throughout my entire life, I’ve heard science is a field where men go into,” Ms. Bose said. “It just starts to show you that women are stepping up in science, and I’m excited that I was able to represent maybe just a little bit of that.”
Let’s hope the trend continues – through college and beyond.