Combat prejudice with the hashtag #girlswithtoys

Following on from our recent articles encouraging women to go into science, we are unveiling a new hashtag that deserves to be known: #girlswithtoys ! Aimed at demystifying the received notions about female scientists, this trending hashtag is a play on the ‘boys with toys’ relationship, pointing the finger at a proven fact: we are far from reaching equality in this area.

In an interview given to NPR, the American astronomer Shrinivas Kulkarni compared male scientists to "boys with toys". Today, women are mobilising to prove that they too have their toys, and they are making this known via countless Tweets that are very revealing. And what is the objective of all this? To affirm that these female scientists exist and show that they have as much fun with their toys as their male counterparts.

We leave it to you to judge for yourself via this selection of rather convincing Tweets:

Don’t hesitate to share photos of your scientific toys with @4womeninscience using the hashtags #girlswithtoys & #womeninscience !

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