Little girls and young women that want to work in a scientific discipline
should receive encouragement; their teachers and parents need to take an
active role in these females' lives. Parents and teachers should work to
ensure that schools provide a positive learning environment for both
females and males.
As the previous two pages elude to, a large male atmosphere
surrounds the sciences. This atmosphere may be a positive one for the
males, but it suppresses the females. To dissipate this enveloping layer
and to create a more equally positive learning, teachers and parents need
to accomplish several objectives.
- encourage females to participate in class.
- try to call on males and females equally.
- create group projects.
- In some projects, separate groups by the sexes.
- In other projects, group males and females together.
- In the mixed groups, ensure both sexes participate equally.
- invite both male and female guest speakers.
- encourage females to play larger roles in labs.
- take field trips to museums and other places with scientific
significance, such as NASA or an arboretum.
- ask their children what they learned in school each day.
- take their children to the science and children's museums.
- participate in the parents' organizations at the schools.
- take an avid interest in what their children hope to become when they
- remind their children that they can be whatever they want.
- encourage their children to attend college and earn a degree.