#GirlsWithToys Is Your Female Empowerment Hashtag Of The Day

20 May 2015, 12:18 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

Mars Rover
Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Girls doing science is our favourite trope.

For as long as any of us can remember, there has been a concerted effort to get women more involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects at every level. 

While the industry has traditionally been seen as a boys club, awareness about women in these fields has probably made most people feel parity in the subjects had finally been achieved. 

A recent twitter trend has got people firmly refocused on the issue, however, and it all started with a careless slip of the tongue. 

Many scientists, I think, secretly are what I call 'boys with toys'. I really like playing around with telescopes. It's just not fashionable to admit it.

Shrinivas Kulkarni, a planetary science professor

Like, yikes, dude. Girls to science too, man. 

This has prompted women working in the STEM fields to use the hashtag #girlswithtoys as a direct rebuttal and the results have been glorious. 


Shrinivas Kulkarni might not actually have meant to imply that women aren't part of the science world, but it is that form of casual sexism which fuels major outdated views about women working in this industry.

If you want to feel good about life, head over to the #girlswithtoys tags and prepare to feel majorly proud.