American female scientists congregate in the biological scientists rather than the physical, engineering, or other sciences. Female perspectives and thinking are much needed in those areas. Companies seek female scientists from India, Arab countries, Asian and European where being a scientist is not looked down upon.
Short video of a woman scientist talking about being outnumbered in the field and what she does and why. Her first sentences talk about how growing up she never knew personally one single female scientist in the USA. It gives a human face to science. You are struck by how ordinary she is and yet how brilliant all at the same time.
Here is a resource that helps a teacher pick materials that are scientifically literate. It defines scientific literacy and shows the frameworks. I developed test items for the organization twice that were rigorous and accurate. The media has a tendency to promote scientific literacy in science channels, but at the same time, it puts forth many myths. Often the media voice becomes louder than the truth.
Despite our many years of education, Americans continue to not be scientifically literate as we should be. The blog goes through the research and arguments of why that is so and what needs to be done to correct it.
The USA ranks in the middle of the pack globally as far as science. We rank even worse as far as female scientists and are at a dismal rate particularly in computer science and engineering. This is why Common Core has a large engineering science component to help females. American females have to choose between being socially acceptable among their peer groups and being a researcher.
I recommend that science teachers join this organization. NSTA promotes the use of the 5E Model, as science has to have the lessons aligned to the standards in a way that promotes long-term thinking. Our society has to become literate in science, and we are not. We like pseudo-science many times. This causes endless problems when reading and making decisions.
The Federal government has invested heavily in promoting science education, especially for Hispanics and females.Our system fails to create high-level women scientists while other systems do. STEM was the solution and is now required for science education because most jobs will come from that area for the next 20 years at least.
Parents must understand the science standards and the Next Generation standards insist on parent participation from the beginning. We are having to train several generations on how to look at information in a scientific way and question it. This is in direct opposition to what the many hours of media and advertising tells you to do. It leads to truthfulness, and if you know the truth about something you can make a solution.