Hellooo! Today I want to introduce you to one of my friends, who is also a great friend of the blogâ€”Miss Jody from Rocket City Digs. Jody is also the mama of two sweet little girls and lives with her honey in a jaunty lil pad in SF. A few years ago she also happened to join our merry band of go-go groovies,Â The Devil-Ettes, where she became the aptly named Rocket Girlâ€”due to her love of all things sci-fi! And that’s why we’re here today folks! Jody is going to share with you her thoughts on bringing a lil sci-fi sass into your little girl’s life.
Hello, Kiddos! Iâ€™m pleased as punch that Dottie and Alix asked me to guest-blog. Not just because theyâ€™re fabulous on a galactic scale (because they are!) or because Iâ€™m a daily devotee of the blog (because I am!) but mostly because they asked me to write about a topic near and dear to my heart: girls and science fiction!
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A little history: Dottie asked me to write this post back before I went on maternity leave. I happened to be perusing resumes for two positionsâ€”a database administrator and software developer. Of the fifteen or so submissions, only one of them was from a woman. I lamented the lack of ladies in computer science, and the one other woman on the team (a brilliant database engineer) commiserated with me. Actually, several of our male colleagues commiserated, too. Apparently engineering school has a major dearth of girl geeks!
I though it was fitting that Dottie asked me to write this post on the very day that I was shouting to the stratosphere about the absence of women in computer science….and I decided that maybe science fiction is the answer! Or part of it, anyway. If we get our girls into science fiction early, then maybe theyâ€™ll get into science fact later! As all good geeks know, science fiction isnâ€™t science fiction so much as science we-havenâ€™t-figured-out-yet. Imagine it, and you can do it. Fly to the moon! Construct a super-robot! Travel at warp speed! Contact creatures from another galaxy?? What kid doesnâ€™t want to do that!
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So how to get your girls into science fiction? Step one: be a fan yourself! My mom always tells stories of her â€œStar Trekâ€ boyfriend, the poor sod whose only asset was his television. My dad will tell you that Forbidden Planetâ€™s Monster of the Id made him go into psychology. So itâ€™s no wonder that my sister and I, born in 1973 and 1975, have photo albums peppered with pictures like these:
Is there any better role model than Princess Leia? She embodies everything feminine (sheâ€™s a beautiful princess, after all) but thatâ€™s secondary to her extraordinary leadership and power.
Iâ€™d say if you want to get your girls into science fiction, Princess Leia is the place to start. My daughterâ€™s not even two years old, and after her first viewing of Star Wars, she turned to me and signed â€œAgain.â€ She doesnâ€™t talk much, but she knows a good movie when she sees it.
My niece, Sadie (who just turned 6 on April 18!) dressed up as a Princess Fairy Kitty twice in a row for Halloween, and a year or so ago, she spent an afternoon drawing these works of art:
But there are so many more extraordinary, non-superhero women to look for. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Captain Janeway of Voyager
- Sarah Jane of The Sarah Jane Chronicles, a wonderful Dr. Who spinoff for kids; any of the companions in Dr. Who (the new BBC series is one of my favorite TV shows ever)
- Ellie from the movie My Science Project, if youâ€™re looking for some 80s fun.
- Zoe and Kaylee from Joss Whedon’s Firefly
- The ladies from Battlestar Galactica like Starbuck and President Roslin
- Ripley from Alien
And thatâ€™s not including all the superheroes and magical women. Sigh. But if I start down the fantasy genre path Iâ€™ll never come back. (Big shoutouts to Buffy! Arwen! Hermione! Professor McGonagall! Wonder Woman!Â The Girl With the Silver Eyes. And Eowyn, who, like Princess Leia, is both a non-magical beautiful princess AND a courageous sword-wielding soldier for good.)
So who are some of YOUR favorites? Let us know! Generally speaking, my rule is if it features rockets and/or aliens, itâ€™s a favorite for us!
One final note: I know I said I wasnâ€™t going to get into clothes, but I do have one tip to share: shop in the boysâ€™ section. Seriously! I found these jammies at The Gap the other day, and Iâ€™ll be darned if I know why theyâ€™re boys-only. Hello, the pants are red with blue starsâ€”Wonder Woman, anyone?
Really, it’s never too early to start them on the robot/sci-fi love affair in my book!
Thank you so much Jody! We are big fans of the space age here too. Miss Alix especiallyâ€”her original Devil-Ette name was The Galaxy Girl. Girls and sci-fi? Roger that!
10 thoughts on “Guest Post :: Getting Girls Into Sci-Fi with Rocket City Digs!”
Must give some props to the comic book women…What about Lois Lane? Jean Gray? Death and Delirium? Agent Dana Scully? Marion Ravenwood? (OK -more adventure that sci-fi, but I think it counts!)
How did I forget Scully?!
GREAT post. I’m a sci-fi geek myself. My hubster and I geek out over Dr. Who regularly – last year’s season was AWESOME. In the past 3 days we’ve seen that, Firefly, Stargate Universe and Sanctuary. Yeah. It’s bad.
I hadn’t really thought about starting Birdie so early, but you’re right – now’s the time!!!
Mari, don’t know if you do TV with Birdie, but Eliza has a serious love for Buzz Lightyear. He’s a family-friendly sci-fi guy if ever there was one!
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. This book is for the adults but all about little girl power, one of my favorite books (sci-fi or otherwise) of all time. I think I might read it again right now!
The girl with the silver eyes! Love it.
Are you talking about The Book of 3 Eowyn???? I loooooooved those books as a young girl!!
I am a huuuuuuge spacey fan â€”Princess Leia and Han were on my wedding cake:
I love chatting about this!! Thanks Jody!!
Umm… As if I didn’t love you enough–you put Leia and Han on your wedding cake? You kill me lady!
Thanks Jody for a great post and a good convo. This post is just the tippy tip tip of the whole sci fi bonanza. I have a feeling this is something we’ll be chatting about again and again!