The Presence of Young Ladies in Science

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As I sit and recall the many classes that I have taken in my short student career there are many that stand out. They could stand out to me because the teacher was always very attentive, or because I would spend endless nights attempting to master the subject. Although, there is one class that stands out in my memories above the rest. In this class I had a great teacher and did spend many hours trying to understand the formulas, but those are definitely not the reasons why. It was my Physics 11 class. The first day of class started like any other. I showed up early to make sure I got to sit near the front and to not make a late entrance; those are always so awkward. I attempted to look casual while walking towards my desk, in an attempt to hide my first-day jitters. Then I sat down as gracefully as I could, hoping not bring too much attention to myself even though there weren’t many other students there yet. Once seated I began watching the students file in one by one. Many of the students had nervous faces, or happy ones because they recognized a friend from another class. But, what I slowly began to notice as the time got closer to the start of class was that many of new classmates had one thing in common. They were all guys. Two other girls and I made up the female portion. For some odd instinctual reason, this male dominated presence in the classroom shook me to my core; they’re over population of the classroom rattled my confidence. I couldn’t help, but try to listen in on their conversations. I wondered did they know something I didn’t? Were mainly guys taking this class because physics is a “guy-thing” and the other girls and I were here by mistake? Their overwhelming numbers not only made me feel out of place, but by ... ... middle of paper ... ...6. Web. April 4 2014. Corporate Planning and Policy Directorate Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. “Women in Science and Engineering in Canada” November 2010. 3,9,11. Web. April 4 2014. Curan, Peggy. “Male-vs.-Female: Final Edition” Proquest. Infomart, a division of Postmedia Network Inc, October 30 2004. G1. Web. April 4, 2014. Derworiz, Collette. “Girls Top in Math, Science: Final Edition” Proquest. Infomart, a division of Postmedia Network Inc, May 6 2000. A1. Web. April 4 2014. Owens, Anne Marie. “No girls in Science? Blame it on Mother: National Post” Proquest. Infomart, a division of Postmedia Network Inc, May 30 2003. A3. Web. April 4, 2014. Thom, Mary. “Girls in Science and Technology: What’s new, what’s next?” Ebsco Host. Education Digest. Vol. 67, Issue 5. Prakken Publications, January 2002. 17. Web. April 4 2014.
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