THE THING ABOUT CURIOSITY
In our curiosity box, we highlight Marie Curie and her fearless ambition – a trait so important for a young girl to learn. Dr. Curie loved chemistry and unearthing new elements, and that passion resulted in her forever changing medicine with discoveries that led to X-rays being used in medical testing. To say she was curious is an understatement! And it’s so important for us to support our girls in these “hard sciences” such as science and math. Girls tend to be discouraged from following their curiosity in these areas and, even today, nearly 70% of chemists and 89% of physicists are men. I love that Marie Curie was a pioneer. I love that even today she inspires girls to experiment and be fearless.
But, even if our jobs and lives are not based in STEM research, there are so many ways to inspire our girls. I know that sometimes, when I’m presented with a new idea, I can balk. “What?!” I’ll think. “They can’t rework how grocery checkouts work” or “this new highway is going to take forever to build and nobody will use it!” Changes big and small that I can’t control … they’re tough for me. I like life the way it is!
With that in mind, I remember the poster contained within the Marie Curie box says, “Nothing in life is to be feared.” The thing about curiosity is that you can’t be afraid and curious at the same time. How amazing! When seen this way, tapping into being curious can even remedy being afraid. So, though I’m no physicist and couldn’t tell you the chemical makeup of table salt without doing a Google search, I can still be curious. I can still greet new ideas that I would normally balk at and think about the possibilities.
For our girls, and for ourselves, let’s embrace curiosity and reject fear. Marie would want it that way.