#GirlsWithToys is taking the Internet by storm. I’ve been seeing this hashtag all over social media, and I’m loving it!

For those of you who don’t know, #GirlsWithToys is a viral campaign started in response to an episode of “Joe’s Big Idea” on NPR’s Weekend Edition. In the episode, Professor Shrinivas Kulkarni of the California Institute of Technology stated that,

“Many scientists, I think, secretly are what I call us ‘boys with toys.’”

Host Joe Palca repeated the comment.

“And I think there’s nothing wrong with that, except…,” replied Kulkarni.

“Boys with toys,” repeated Palca again.

“…you’re not supposed to say that,” Kulkarni finished.

Why is it a problem? Well, boys aren’t the only ones with toys! And they certainly aren’t the only ones in STEM fields, as our recent exhibition STEM Girls demonstrated. So, STEM women and girls around the world have banded together on social media to show that such “toys” are also for girls – including telescopes, robots, and dark matter detectors.

Check out some of the fabulous tweets of #girlswithtoys that we’ve found, and show your love for STEM by posting your own image on social media. Better yet, submit your story to be featured on our blog.

-Tiffany Rhoades
Program Developer
Girl Museum Inc.

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