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Engineer Writes Book To Spur Women Engineers

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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.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.