Female scientists making headway in kids' imaginations

CNET | 3/20/2018 | Amanda Kooser
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This drawing comes from a young student in Greece.

Lego's much-cheered female-scientist minifig kit from 2014 and Women of NASA set from 2017 aren't just aberrations. They're a sign of the times that tie in with a major change in the way US children see scientists.

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A team of researchers from Northwestern University pored over five decades of "Draw-A-Scientist" studies that asked children to sketch what they thought a scientist looked like. The researchers found kids in recent years are depicting female scientists more than ever before.

This drawing comes from a Draw-A-Scientist study.

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The Northwestern team says this finding is "consistent with more women becoming scientists and children's media depicting more female scientists on television shows, magazines and other media."

The 78 Draw-A-Scientist studies started in 1966 and included over 20,000 children over the years ranging from kindergarten students through high schoolers.

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The first study, conducted between 1966 and 1977, involved 5,000 kids and resulted in less than 1 percent of the children drawing an image resembling a woman. A typical drawing showed a man in a lab coat with glasses and facial hair.

Later studies dating to...
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