In the past few years, geek has become the new chic. With the surge in popularity of comic book movies, television shows like Doctor Who, and the ever-increasing popularity of video games, it’s no wonder. Those of us who have always had a crush on Han Solo, or who can quote Futurama in any social situation already knew – being a geek is awesome. And we all rejoiced that everyone else had caught up to our way of thinking.
So can girls in science be cool now? When I was in school, it was decidedly uncool to be interested in science or math. I was the only girl in my computer programming class, and one of only a few in the advanced physics class. Showing any kind of interest in the standard chemistry or biology warranted dirty looks from the majority of my female classmates. I sat quietly in precalculus and didn’t raise my hand to answer any questions.