The Girl Scouts of Connecticut held their annual STEM advocacy day on March 7, 2012. I was a Girl Scout from second grade through high school, earned my Girl Scout Gold Award, and am a lifetime member of GSUSA. It’s am amazing organization – in a time when women couldn’t even vote, there were badges for circuitry and aviation. Almost every American woman who has been in space was a Girl Scout. Secretaries of State, CEOs – leadership to the core. As a scientist and a member of Women in Science at Yale, I’m super-supportive of STEM education. Clearly, this was worth slipping out of lab for the morning.
It was great to talk to girls from around the state and meet with legislators to talk about the importance of STEM education, particularly for girls. There was a press conference where one girl shared her story of STEM experiences through Girl Scouting and lots of legislators showed up to show support and have a rededication and investiture for the “legislative troop.” I had a great chat with a scout and her mom over lunch then went to more meetings – and sat in on the Public Health Committee’s public hearing for a bit – in the afternoon. It was a great day with people who are enthusiastic about seeing girls become leaders in science and all realms of life.