Episode 17: Women in STEM

Hey there everyone. We hope you enjoyed our double feature two weeks ago. Today we are bringing you along to talk about women in STEM. It’s a topic near to our heart because after all we are women in STEM.

We cover a variety of topics in this episode, but a couple of events really spurred on our need to talk about this topic. First, there was the whole thing on Twitter about the Benefit makeup add. Here is one Twitter post that I think counters that add quite nicely.

This add really infuriates me because it makes it seem like young girls have to choose between if they want beauty or brains, when in reality you can have both. Weather or not you wear makeup should have no effect on school or how nerdy you are.

Second, this article came out and analyzes the experiences of women, with a focus of women of color, in the workplace. Some of their findings were shocking. For example, 40% of women of color reported feeling unsafe in their workplace. UNSAFE. That’s not uncomfortable or made to feel lesser in their abilities, but they felt threatened. What’s worse is these feelings often made women miss out of career building opportunities.

What Cari and I discuss during this episode is the importance of bringing together all groups when discussing these issues. While it’s important to have women and other minorities discuss their issues together, it’s also helpful to discuss these experiences with a broader group. After all, these issues not only bring down the people directly involved. If individuals feel unsafe within an environment they are more likely to leave that environment. This leads to less diversity within workplaces and fewer great minds working together to solve the world’s problems.

So let’s try to get together to concur these issues for women and minorities so that we can ultimately build a better more understanding world!

Here’s the second article we talked about.

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Episode 16: Updates, interviews, outreach, and more!

Join us for this multi-subject episode! We talk a little bit about what we’ve been doing lately, which includes interview advice, outreach advice, and a little bit about what its like being a lady in STEM.

Caitlin talks about the amazing interviews she’s been having lately, so everyone PLEASE cross your fingers for her!Β I’ll talk about my time in Atlanta teaching at a cub scout camp! I also give a little advice about planning for a day camp like that one. Moving on, we talk a little bit about the sexism I experienced while there because it was the first time I experienced something like that directly. We know that we were lucky to only be facing this now. Some ladies experience sexism daily in STEM fields. So, its important to talk about. I also ramble excitedly about the amazing nature centers in southern Florida. We hope you enjoy this update!

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P.S. sincerest apologies for my cold throughout this episode! Oh and in case you were wondering, Caitlin caught her first lightning bug after we recorded this episode!

Updates on the hotdog-sandwich debate: most are saying no, a hotdog is not a sandwich for various reasons. Some say it’s because it’s on a bun, not sandwich bread. Others say it’s because the bun is not in two parts. And a few have said it’s because the hotdog is a log of meat and not sliced meat. What’s your opinion?



The adorable scene put up at the cub scout camp that was absolutely cute enough to share!


The amazing displays at Biscayne National Park that I loved!


A very cool nature center in the keys! This is the one with the amazing light up map I was talking about!


Me petting a nurse shark at the Key West Aquarium (disclaimer: I was also worried about her carrying around the shark out of water, but she assured me he would be okay).


The hospital room in The Turtle Hospital.


Turtle who have Bubble Butt Syndrome. You can see the added weight very clearly on the turtle to the left.


This turtle, named Chuck Norris, has been through a lot, including a boat strike and a shark attack!


Other turtles in the hospital for various reasons.


Here’s a turtle with many fibropapillomas on the face, neck, and front flippers.


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Biscayne National Park

The Turtle Hospital

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