NOW MORE THAN EVER IS THE TIME TO INSPIRE GIRLS IN STEM.
There are some sobering statistics around women’s involvement in STEM:
- Only 1 in 10 women study an IT-based degree
- Women account for only 24% of the IT workforce
- 56% of women leave technical fields mid-way through their career compared to 17% of men
- The gender wage gap is 28% in computer science - nearly double the Australian average of 15%.
Technology is the new frontier of wealth and job creation and as a society we can no longer afford or justify having so few women in technical roles. Gender-based stereotypes that occur from a young age play a big role in the lack of women in STEM.
So this Christmas, instead of visiting the pink aisle for your Christmas gifts, we’ve come up with a list of gifts for girls to inspire the next Ada Lovelace or Marie Currie to realise her potential. As Melinda Gates said, “Right now, there’s a girl out there whose ideas will change the world. It’s time everyone starts seeing her that way…and starts recognising that the next Bill Gates might not look anything like the last one."
Andrea Beaty has created a beautifully illustrated series of children’s books to inspire girls in engineering, science and architecture. Follow Rosie’s journey as she dreams of becoming an engineer. Be sure to check out the rest of Rosie’s girl gang; Ada Twist, Scientist and Iggy Peck, Architect.
Perfect for ages 0-5.
Isabel’s wonderful series shares the stories of outstanding women - from designers and artists to scientists - all who began life as a little people with big dreams and went on to achieve incredible things.
From Coco Chanel, to Ada Lovelace, Agatha Christie to Marie Currie - history is full of remarkable women who have changed the world. At a time when promoting positive role models in accessible ways for children is so important, these books share a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world! Suitable for ages 4+.
One the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, A “learn to solder” LED tree.
The perfect stocking stuffer - let your little geniuses assemble their own miniature Christmas tree that shines brighter than Rudolph’s nose!
5. Envato Tuts+
It’s never been easier to teach yourself how to code thanks to programs like Envato’s Tuts+. Consider a subscription to help your favourite young (or old!) person to propel them in their new hobby, or career!
When this book was released in May this year, it took the internet by storm. If by chance you haven’t heard of it, it holds a collection of illustrated bedtime stories that celebrate extraordinary women. Full of endless inspiration, not only for young girls but adults alike, to realise their strength, build confidence and dream big. Volume 2 is available for pre-order, set to be released Nov 30 - just in time for Christmas!
Suitable for ages 3-18
Lego is a firm favourite on the wishlists of good boys and girls all over the world, but this Christmas there’s a special playset which boldly goes where no block has gone before...
Lego’s recently released “Women of NASA” playset features four minifigures of pioneering women of NASA - astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist and entrepreneur Margaret Hamilton, astronaut, physicist and entrepreneur Sally Ride and astronaut, physician and engineer Mae Jemison - and 3 builds illustrating their areas of expertise.
Suitable for ages 10+, and for the older kids the Hidden Figures DVD is a great gift.
8. Goldie Blox
86% of engineers worldwide are men. GoldieBlox was created by Engineer Debbie Sterling with the mission to get girls to love engineering as much as she does. With over 1 million toys sold worldwide - she’s well on her way to achieving that mission. GoldieBlox consists of toys, apps, books and videos empowering young girls to build their confidence, dreams and ultimately, their futures. There are a mix of different toys suitable for ages 4-10.
“GoldieBlox, an alternative to toys more concerned with looks than brains” - The Boston Globe
Containing beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, this book is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shaped the world we live in. List of women featured: Jane Austen, Gertrude Ederle, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Anning, Mary Seacole, Amelia Earhart, Agent Fifi, Sacagawa, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Anne Frank.
For ages 12-17.
As the saying goes, look good, feel good. Get kitted out in Code Like a Girl’s signature black tee, raglan tee or tote bag. Or help someone little make a big statement in this infant bodysuit - baby, you lookin’ fine!