Pasadena City College
In the Beginning . . .
The reason for Girls' Science Day comes from a study conducted by the American Association of University Women which shows the ratio of girls to boys in science courses drops during middle school.
In 1998 Susan Kane, the president of the Pasadena AAUW, asked Dr. Wendie Johnston, professor of Life Sciences at PCC, what they could do. Her answer was invite local middle schools girls to PCC to particiapte in a day of scientific exploration. The goal being to show girls that they can have successful careers in science and fun too.
From 35 girls the first year, Science Day has grown steadily in both numbers of workshops and girls. For the 10th anniversary we hope to have 200 girls, including alumni from prior years.
Dr. Wendie Johnston