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An Open Letter to the Editors of Girls’ Life

Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 7.21.33 AMDear Editors of Girls’ Life Magazine:

A serious &*%$! storm of anger hit my Facebook feed today when I shared this photo, which was forwarded to me by another friend who knows I’m passionate about engaging girls in STEM education.  (Clearly, I have more work to do with the STEM Princess series.)

While my book series focuses on girls ages 5-9, and that’s not your key demographic for your magazine, I respectfully am glad I never read your magazine as a girl.  If I did, I might not have chosen a STEM career.  I might not have gone to graduate school, or started my own businesses, and wrote several other books in addition to the STEM Princess series. Instead, I’d be tackling the hard work of brushing my hair, figuring out fall fashion, and how to be pretty for the opposite sex.

I have had the blessing, luck and opportunity to know many women who ARE pretty…pretty curious, pretty amazing, pretty fantastic and pretty educated.  They are also pretty awesome!  They’re also women in STEM who are changing the world one company, project and volunteer engagement at a time.  (Two examples below – the magnificent Kristin Eilenberg of Lodestone Logic speaking at Troop #1887 in Hamilton County, IN on STEM careers, and Mandi Bishop Myers on getting more women engaged in HIT on the Pharmacy Podcast, here.)KristinEilenbergBrownieTalkHamiltonCounty

If you’d like me to share my list of pretty awesome women in STEM to help the next generation of girls be what they can see in your magazine, just email me and I’ll be happy to give you a list of pretty amazing women who are actually changing the world to feature in your magazine.  Better yet, I’d be happy to write a column for it.  That is, as long as I don’t have to write about hair, fashion or chasing boys…

Sincerely,

Erin Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD, Esquire
Chief #STEMPrincess

P.S. Here’s an alternative that moms may want to consider, although I personally haven’t seen a copy of it, Kazoo.

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