Every cause needs its cheerleaders to appeal to the uninitiated masses. Believe it or not, the combined fields of science, mathematics and engineering has its own cheerleader squad - literally. The ScienceCheerleader.com website is a cornucopia of information on women who were once cheerleaders for professional sports teams and have moved on to careers in the sciences. Some are now aerospace engineers, some are school teachers teaching mathematics or science, while others work in various and sundry science fields. In their mission to rescue smart women from the shameful vocation of cheerleading and set them on their way to a respectable career that serves mankind*, the Science Cheerleaders made a short promotional video titled, "Brain Makeover: What Everyone Needs to Know to Be a Science Literate." Cheerleaders from the Buffalo Bills, the Baltimore Ravens, and Miami Dolphins are among the converts. The question I have is: Did these women have to take a pay cut when moving from professional cheerleading into the science fields?
As an aside that is somewhat related, I remember being on a flight back in the 1990s when the pilot made an announcement prior to leaving the gate that one of the stewardesses (flight attendant for the politically correct) was making her last flight because she had recently graduated with a degree in aerospace engineering and had been hired by Boeing. Maybe former stewardesses who became scientists should start a ScienceStewardess.com website - it is available.
* A bit of literary license on my part
ScienceCheerleader.com Promotional Video
Science Cheerleaders at the USA Science and Engineering Festival