By Renita Manley-Garrett on
Earlier this month, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls and YouTube Science Show “It’s Okay To Be Smart” released a video featuring clips of women who acknowledged and honored women in science for making a positive impact on their lives.
“From a young age, girls show the same interest and ability in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as boys, but powerful stereotypes tell them that women aren’t welcome in science,” stated the Team Smart Girls. “It’s time to break those stereotypes, and we can’t do it without strong science role models for girls and young women.”
The video features dedications to teachers, YouTube Science aficionados and experts, inventors, scientists, and every-day women who spread their love of science. The video also features an appearance from Susan Sarandon, whose woman in science hero is classic actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr.
Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls began as an online show, created by actress, comedian, and writer Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker. From there, it grew to become an online community and information hub for young people. Team Smart Girls describe their community as “a hub for teens, parents, teachers and fans of all ages to learn, to become a part of the greater Smart Girl community, and to participate in Smart Girl projects. The website has grown and evolved toward online campaigns to engage followers in volunteerism, civic activism, cultural exchange, and self-expression through the arts.”
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