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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