Robyn is so fucking awesome when I think about it I just want to put on these incredibly amazing/perilous sneakers and dance like no one’s watching. Now she’s outdone her own magic by hosting a tech seminar just for ladies called Tekla in her home country of Sweden next month.
She says, “Tekla is a festival for girls, in which they get to sample different areas of future technology in what I believe will be a fun and imaginative environment. I thought of KTH’s motto, ‘science and art’, and wanted to do something to inspire girls who are curious about technology, while at the same time highlighting that too few women are applying to KTH programs.” KTH stands for some Swedish words that have to do with technology, they’re the Swedish Royal Tech Institute, and it turns out they made a Robyn robot.
Here’s the thing about stuff like this – it’s kind of like affirmative action where historically excluded groups of people are intentionally included and given opportunities unique to them. It was a product of the Civil Rights Movement with the idea being to balance the scales, but the thing is once the scales are balanced you don’t need these types of programs anymore. Until there are more women in STEMM fields (science/technology/engineering/math/music), this kind of shit needs to be happening.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, the reason girls shy away from these fields is because of their early childhood programming. We don’t grow up being given Bob the Builder sets or Legos or guitars, if you walk through the girls’ section at a toy store you’ll see they’re almost all pink and involve playing house, beauty and fashion. GoldieBlox fuckin’ gets it, technology and engineering shape our world. If we want a more compassionate global civilization, which I think we can all agree we desperately need, it starts with getting more girls started in STEMM fields from a young age. Thanks for believing, ROBYN!!!