Girls'Day interview: "It's not the girls who have to change, but their environment"

Stereotypes and prejudices directly and indirectly influence young people's career choices. Although many STEM actors have developed numerous offers in relation to STEM girls' work in recent decades, it is worth taking a closer look at gender imprints. Because even the most committed STEM lovers sometimes hide their passion when they want to feel particularly feminine. dr Anneke Steegh, scientist at Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education spoke to zdi.NRW about character, gender and the question of how we can design offers to change old role stereotypes.

"It's not the girls who are the problem, but their environment and society." Starts with this statement dr Anneke Steegh in the answer to the question of what the zdi community can consider when designing extracurricular MINT offers for girls. “Well-intentioned offers that are based too much on deficit thinking are not helpful. Rather, it should be about using the strengths of the girls.”

dr Anneke Steegh, IPN Kiel
dr Anneke Steegh, IPN Kiel

In an interview with zdi.NRW on the occasion of Girls'Day 2022, Steegh explains that role models should be authentic, and that contexts are particularly exciting when they show how research really works. And she reveals that she sometimes hides her own STEM enthusiasm. Above all, she advocates thinking girls & STEM together.


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