Mark Zuckerberg shared some New Year’s well wishes and thoughts on his Facebook page. He talked about adding artificial intelligence to the Zuckerberg home as a personal challenge this year. Obviously, technical innovation is not only a professional achievement for the Facebook founder but also a personal hobby.
Among the thousands of people who responded, a grandmother attempted to be a bit funny with her “non-traditional” advice for her granddaughters. She said:
I keep telling my grand daughters to date the nerd in school. He may turn out to be Mark Zuckerberg!
I’m sure granny meant no harm by her statement, however, it really is this type of thinking that plays a part in holding girls back. Zuckerberg immediately recognized it as such. Within 20 minutes of the statement being posted the new father (of a daughter) gave the most perfect response.
Even better would be to encourage them to *be* the nerd in their school so they can be the next successful inventor!
Yes! Isn’t that the truth? Bravo Zuckerberg! Bravo!
Unfortunately, the sentiment expressed in the post to Zuckerberg isn’t said only in jest. While girls are out performing boys in science and math all around the world, that can’t be said in the United States, Britain or Canada where stereotypes about girls and science are said to stifle the female scientific aspirations.
The International Business Times reported in April of last year:
The world has a problem getting — and keeping — girls in science, despite campaigns in various countries to raise awareness in schools and recruit students to tech companies. But recent research suggests children’s parents could be the ones primarily perpetuating gender stereotypes in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Nerd girls are pretty damn fantastic and more girls should be empowered to embrace their inner nerd.
Watch MC Chris pay homage to nrrrd girls everywhere, here:
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