by Eva St. Clair May 15, 2019
The wonderful thing about aviation is there are lots of opportunities to combine your interests and passion. You can be a pilot for airplanes, helicopters, or fighter jets. You can be an air traffic controller that assists pilots during their flights. Do you like to fix things? You can be an aircraft mechanic, or an aerospace engineer. You can manage an airport and ensure its safe operations, or you can explore space and be an astronaut. There are so many options.
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by Elena Hung May 24, 2018
This week is Global Tracheostomy Tube Awareness Week, and I would like to tell you something about this picture and why representation matters.
I love that there's a little girl with a tracheostomy in an advertisement for kids' clothing.
I love that a new audience is now seeing a kid with a trach, because before Xiomara, I had never seen a kid with a trach.
I love that the ad is not about a trach. It's just a kid, in a pretty dress, who happens to have a trach.
I love that there is a parent with a trached kid in the NICU somewhere right now who might see this, and pause, and hopefully then see their kid as a kid full of potential, and not as a long list of medical diagnoses.
I love that this image of the trach is not scary and medical, like it often is.
I love that Xiomara's pulse ox machine is just hanging out in the background. I know that a great majority of people have no idea what that is, but I am so excited for my fellow medical parents to see it and exclaim "WE HAVE THE SAME PULSE OX!"
by Eva St. Clair November 10, 2017
Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, we salute you this Veteran's Day. Thank you for your service, for keeping us safe, protecting our freedoms, and showing us how high we can fly.
Katie Hodges, one of our customers, is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy. This is her story of how what kids see show them what they can be.
by Eva St. Clair July 21, 2017
Talking with girls and engaging with the females who were working in shark research had myself and several others thinking about how these young girls should be able to learn from the female scientists. Looking at the experiences of these role models could help them see and better understand how they can go on to one day work with sharks. It was then that we founded The Gills Club, an education initiative of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy dedicated to connecting girls with female scientists from around the world, sharing knowledge, and inspiring shark and ocean conservation.
by Eva St. Clair June 24, 2017
I learned to speak five languages and how to work in the tourism business, especially hotels, but one fateful spring I landed in the Bahamas on a vacation to learn how to scuba dive and I never left.
I moved forward in the industry thanks to my passion but also convinced that the best way to be a woman was to be less girly, because everybody “knew” that a girl could not have possibly been able to carry tanks through the forest and go exploring new caves. Then one day I realized that this “girl” was doing exactly that - and that it was perfectly ok to wear pink and to like dresses and heels, or not.
by Eva St. Clair May 11, 2017
I was scared. Feminism in the business world wasn’t mainstream yet. I didn’t want to be perceived as a crazy man basher. I also didn’t know whether there was any money in this. And launching yet another business (my fourth), and this time, exclusively for women, was risky. Was I willing to sink more money into a new business? A new website? A new suite of offerings? Would anyone want what I was offering? Maybe there was a reason it didn’t exist.
by Eva St. Clair April 21, 2017
I am an aircraft mechanic. A literal, if not so glamorous, Rosie the Riveter. After WWII, the men came back from the war, and most women left their jobs in factories and hangars and went back home to their more traditional duties as wives and mothers. Even today, in 2017, less than 3% of all aircraft mechanics are women.
There are so few of us that most companies do not even offer uniforms in women’s sizes. They call a 36”x32” unisex and send us on our way in boxy shirts and ill-fitting pants. It is ingrained in our cultural presumptions that mechanics are male. Time and again, flight crews are surprised and sometimes confused when they call for maintenance and I show up, but always interested to see that I know what I’m doing!
by Eva St. Clair March 21, 2017
Playing sports is a sure-fire way to help girls develop their superpowers of strength, confidence, and leadership. Through sport, we learn how to collaborate, how to compete, and how to make progress over time through consistent effort. Sport has the added benefit of teaching girls to respect and value their bodies. Through sport, girls learn they can be strong and that strength is a good thing.
by Eva St. Clair January 25, 2017
“You are not only extremely beautiful, but intelligent beyond what you even recognize.”
I wish someone had shared these words with me as a girl growing up. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by a single immigrant mother, more things seemed pressing than the need for positive affirmations. I was always told that hard work was inevitable for success and that good company was essential for good character so that was my focus throughout my adolescence.
by Rebecca Melsky March 08, 2016
by Eva St. Clair April 23, 2015
Dr. Cindy Keeler is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and UC Berkeley.
I am often asked how I became a theoretical physicist. How is simple: I went to school for many years. Why is actually the interesting question.
by Eva St. Clair April 03, 2015
Natalya St. Clair is the author of three TedEd talks on the mathematics of art, music, and language.
Mathematics and Studio Art may seem like an unexpected pair of majors, but I never had trouble combining the two. I always knew that I wanted to be an artist. I can even remember telling my first grade teacher that I wanted to grow up to be an artist. I also had a fascination for astronomy and physics, which helped me describe the world in a way I could understand it.
by Eva St. Clair March 23, 2015
Over the next few months, we'll be featuring guest posts and interviews with a variety of women around a variety of topics related to Princess Awesome. vaneSSa is The Math Guru!
Hello, hello! My name is Vanessa. I am the founder/director of learning and inspiration of The Math Guru, a boutique math and science tutoring studio in uptown Toronto which I started almost four years ago! Why did I decide to do such a thing, you ask? Well, when I was in high school, I actually failed Grade Eleven math twice. Twice! Like many people who haven’t found their educational guru, I hated math - until one day, I found mine.
by Eva St. Clair March 15, 2015
Deena Skolnick Weisberg is a Senior Fellow at the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
I’m a developmental psychologist, and my research studies how young children grow and develop. So I know, both from my own experiences growing up and from my academic studies, how important it is that all children feel that all their needs and wishes are respected. Sometimes these needs and wishes seems contradictory to adults or even to other children, like being a boy and liking pink, or being a girl and wanting to play hockey. But these needs and wishes are experienced by children simply as things that they like and that make them happy, and should be respected as such.
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