“Girl Scouts, glaciers and great women”

Scientific American: “On Girl Scouts, glaciers, and great women”

- A blog post of Girl Scouts of USA March 23, 2013

Bonnie Swoger penned a column for Scientific American titled, “On Girl Scouts, glaciers, and great women”. It’s a must read! An excerpt:

I was a Girl Scout for twelve years.  By the time I graduated from high school, there were four girls in our troop:

Dr. Airani Sathananthan is an endocrinologist and an assistant professor at the Western University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Alice Suroviec is a chemist and an associate professor at Berry College.

Tina Steger is an industrial engineer at General Motors.

I started out in geology but shifted gears and am now the Science Librarian at SUNY Geneseo.

I can’t say that we would all be English teachers or marketing managers without scouting, but we had incredible role models, STEM related activities to broaden our minds and the opportunity to develop life skills that have served us well in scientific fields.

Check it out!

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2 Responses to “Girl Scouts, glaciers and great women”

  1. Jane I. Duax says:

    How about reporting how many of them went to overnight residential Girl Scout Camp??? Ask Marcy Seavey, who grew up in Waterloo (Conestoga Council), was a LIT, CIT, Staff at Tahigwa, Council Trainer, Troop Leader and is now a National NASA Trainer for GSUSA. Ask her about the State of Iowa Governor’s report and the point it makes about what leads a young girl to choose to be all they can be. You will find a number one reason a girl might choose to pursue STEM classes in High School or College. Marcy lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa right smack in the middle of GSEIWI’s Council.

  2. Jane I. Duax says:

    Did you ever ask Marcy Seavey about the State of Iowa Governor’s report? I am pretty sure she is a registered member of GSEIWI – along with being a NASA Trainer for GSUSA.

    Has anyone done any outcome measurement research on what the generation of girls (the orginal STEM girls before the acronym was coined) who attended overnight residential camp – more than once or twice – during the 1950′s to the year 2005 – pre-merger and the dismantling of the Girl Scout camps across the USA. What kind of professional careers do they have today??

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