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November 13, 2012

Science Kits for Girls Still Promote Princess Culture (PHOTOS)


Women have been making headway in the science, math and engineering fields, which have traditionally been dominated by men. Yet it seems the same old mindset is still going strong: for a girl to be interested in science, it has to be “girly.”

And that means princess. And pink. And beauty.

Writer Rebecca Onion recently blogged about her search on Amazon for “offensively girly science kits designed for young ladies.” She posted images of this science kit that was marketed to girls in the late 1950s.

Photo credit: Gregory Tobias / Chemical Heritage Foundation Collections

But take a look at these science kits for girls, which can be found on Amazon today. Are we stuck in a time warp? These things are even worse than the ones marketed to girls more than 60 years ago!

Via: amazon.com

Via: amazon.com

Via: amazon.com

Via: amazon.com

We have to wonder what Olivia Steger would say about these science kits for girls. The eight-year-old wrote to Dwell magazine and let them know that sparking a girl’s interest in architecture isn’t as simple as handing her an Architecture Barbie. And it isn’t as simple as adding lipstick and bubble bath to a chem kit.