Embrace Your Inner Geekiness Day

July 13, 2010

126th Career Barbie is a Computer EngineerWhen I was little, I spent untold hours constructing homes and other buildings with Brix Blox for my Barbies. (For you Lego snobs, Brix Blox were a 1970s off-brand; my folks weren’t big on buying brand names.) I rarely admitted how much I enjoyed building things to avoid being perceived as nerdy or geeky. Trust me, being a six-foot-tall, 10-year-old black girl in a predominately white parochial school was hard enough.

Today’s Barbie could build her own dream home.

For her 126th career, Barbie is a computer engineer replete with a binary code patterned tee and tech accessories including a laptop, smartphone, and Bluetooth headset. Barbie has come a long way. Less than 20 years ago she exclaimed, “Math class is tough,” and geek was not cool, especially for a girl.

Tech is everywhere today from apps to iPads and, advocates are working to empower women and girls and to break through the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Geek girls gather online and at camps, (un)conferences, and dinners to network, engage, and learn from one another.

July 13 is national Embrace Your Inner Geekiness Day, a day to celebrate your passions and your inner — or outer as the case may be — dork. I think I’ll spend some time playing Legos with my son tonight. He has a Star Wars Clone Walker waiting to be put together.

So what makes you a geek?

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