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Engineer Writes Book To Spur Women Engineers

People got angry when a Barbie doll was introduced that spoke the phrase "math class is tough."  Yet 26 years later, there is still plenty of evidence that girls avoid the STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Komal Singh at Google noticed the trend herself, and decided to do something about it. 

Her response is a book for girls called Ara the Star Engineer.  The book mixes the fictional Ara with real-life women who have made great gains in technology.  Komal Singh visits to talk about inspiration and dedication. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.