Whenever the conversation comes around to STEM and the STEMPrincess project, the first question people usually ask me is,
“Do you have kids?”
I reply that I don’t, and my guess why they ask me is related to unearthing the motivation for starting and developing a children’s book series on STEM in the first place. But even if I did have kids, that really wouldn’t be the reason why I edit, invest my time, money and energy to produce a children’s book series on STEM for girls.
The reason why I do it is nailed in this New York Times Op Ed piece entitled, “What’s So Scary About Smart Girls?” The biggest threat to ISIS or Al Qaeda isn’t really our drones or military. It instead is educated girls. That’s why in countries like Yemen where Al Qaeda hides out, the radical militants attack schools.
The benefits of educating girls in particular, in this article, include:
- Preventing youth bulges in a population, which in turn decreases the risk of civil war in a country.
- Educated girls have smaller families, so we can curb population bulges and messy issues like those surrounding Planned Parenthood right now.*
- Educated girls double the labor force in a country, which in turn boosts the economy and GDP of that country.
- With governments that allow girls and boys to be educated, countries become more stable.
So, instead of investing in high tech bombs and drones, maybe instead we should be investing in education and libraries for girls and boys in countries that pretty much detest the United States.
Education to a girl or a boy is freedom. It’s helping to make the world a better place through more peace. It’s also empowering children to grow up and become financially independent. Independence, too, leads to even more freedom.
Let freedom ring!
This is why I’m doing what I’m doing, and will continue onward.
*Planned Parenthood provides a lot of preventative and primary care to women in the US…so I’m not going to get in the fight about the controversy surrounding them of late, other than to state I think they should keep their doors open. Besides, abortion was already settled as a right for women in a case called Roe v. Wade….