‘Princess Scientists’ Stir Controversy

Erika Ebbel Angle wears both a pageant tiara and lab coat in her Dr. Erika TV show. Credit: Science from Scientists

Erika Ebbel Angle wears both a pageant tiara and lab coat in her Dr. Erika TV show. Credit: Science from Scientists

Can beauty pageants help science overcome its geeky image? Some people think that showing off the feminine side of female scientists can help attract more girls and women who might otherwise be scared off by stereotypes of nerds in the lab. But others think that an emphasis on beauty is misplaced — especially when female scientists have historically struggled to get beyond female stereotypes in the historically male-dominated fields of science and engineering. READ MORE HERE

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