Podcast Episode 86: Steminism—Encouraging Girls to Embrace Science and Math

Podcast Episode 86: STEMinism! Encouraging Girls to Embrace Math and Science

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 86 of The New Family Podcast where we talk about what it will take to get girls to embrace math and science.

Our guest on the show today is Vanessa Vakharia, founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of a unique tutoring facility in Toronto called The Math Guru. She’s a teacher with a Bachelor of Commerce, a degree in Graphic Design and a Masters in Mathematics Education. Interestingly, though, there was a time when Vanessa believed she was just not “a math person.” In fact, her masters thesis was titled, Peace, Love and Pi: Imagining a World where Paris Hilton Loves Mathematics. Vanessa specializes in teen engagement in STEM (that’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics), with a specific focus on encouraging young women to embrace STEM as a part of their identities. Now, in general, girls are doing better in the education system than ever. Young women are out-graduating men from university, for instance, and we’re going to tackle that issue on an upcoming episode. However, we know that women are still woefully under-represented in STEM careers, which is particularly outrageous given how many of them attend university. Vanessa shares her insights into how to encourage girls to pursue these subjects, while also offering concrete advice on how parents can fight the impression that math is a dreaded subject for either boys or girls.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Vanessa.

Making Math and Science Cool Isn’t Impossible

Help Your Teen Cope With End Of Year Exam Stress

Barbie Gets Brains: Imagine the Possibilities

Get a Grip on Math Anxiety

Vanessa’s thesis Love and Pi: Imagining a world where Paris Hilton Loves Mathematics

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