Some of you may have already seen this and from my birth order post, you should know I LOVE stuff like this. I really considered psychology as a major since I loved reading about personality disorders and what makes a person tick or the way they are, nature vs nurture, etc 🙂 My results from the test were Washington, DC, Arlington, VA and Glendale, CA. It was amazing that it essentially picked out where I grew up minus the Cali location. Try it out here. Enjoy!!!
I came across this NPR article about a science vlogger that is concerned about the focus of her “femininity” when it comes to her fanmail. You can read the article here or view the video:
I think this is a good video to start a discussion or post about women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Although I, myself, am not in the STEM field as a specialist, I do work in the technology industry where it’s dominated by men. I also happen to be the youngest and one of the few female project managers in my current division. Even in my EMBA cohort of 21, only 6 were women. In the STEM fields, it’s even less. As U.S. citizens, we should be concerned because although we have been leaders in innovation with such companies as Apple and GE, we place “25th in math and 17th in science in the world compared to 31 other countries.” You can view statistics here.
This is why I feel strongly about the subject. Not only just for women in the STEM fields, but for the future of our nation through our children. I always push my nephews and nieces to make sure to focus on math and science. I am also guilty of encouraging their artistic side (Fine Arts was my initial major for undergrad.) Growing up, I always wanted to be either a fashion designer or marine biologist. I know, very different ends of the spectrum. Sad to say – neither of these things happened but now is the time to plant the seed while you can and spread the word about this issue.
- Something About STEM Drives Women Out (huffingtonpost.com)
- STEM Role Models – Britain HAS Got Talented Female Engineers (cascaid.wordpress.com)
Like many believe in the power of western astrology or the Chinese zodiac, I am a big proponent of the birth order effect. Oh, he’s a creative but shy? Must be because he’s a middle child. She’s selfish? Must be because she’s an only child and never learned to share. She’s aggressive and bossy? Must be a first-born. (That’s me. LOL.) These are my assessments, not necessarily those of expert opinions that matter.
In the words of Jesse Pinkman “yeah, science!” I have always been more of a nurture versus nature girl myself so this is a natural inclination. Although I do believe there are cases where no matter the environment, some just turn out the way they do (good or bad) and nature rules. And I know a few exceptions to the birth order effect, of course. Any who, I find this topic fascinating and to me, it makes sense 80% of the time. Although I can’t personally account for those that come from huge families. I think this is good to keep in mind for parenting and learning to understand people’s personalities. Plus I find it interesting that half of all US presidents and 21 of 23 US astronauts were first-borns. Not that I’m biased or anything 😉
If you want to learn more, I found some good articles listed below: