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Happy Valentine’s Day from Team Valkyrie FTW!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s that time of year again!  Where people in love try to make up for months of neglect with a bouquet of roses and enough candy to make anyone beg for insulin, or where everyone else waits for the day after to get gobs of heart-shaped confections at 75% off and binge away their misery at being foreveralone.

…Ok, maybe I overexaggerate a bit.

But!  Valentine’s day is still a great way to tell your friends/boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse/significant other/friend-with-benefits how awesome you think they are!  And here’s a fun ways to do it!

Gender-swapped superheroes!  I’m particularly fond of the Archie ones, and the X-Men always have a special place in my heart.

But if V-Day really isn’t your schtick, then you can adamantly proclaim that you’re celebrating Arizona’s Centennial!  Go give the Grand Canyon State some love!















Making Math Nerds out of paired-up X-Chromosomes

While perusing through the fascinating links provided by our fantastic Head Valkyrie, I stumbled across this article discussing a new way to increase female participation in math contests.  Well, the method isn’t new, exactly – affirmative action’s been around for years.  But it’s working – and by working, I mean it’s bringing more girls into math competitions – so that’s good, I guess.

Now, I’m no stranger to math and science competitions.  I competed in the Science Olympiad in high school and I helped organize the MathCounts competition a few years ago, and I didn’t notice a particular lack of girls, though I didn’t notice a lot of them, either.  So I think that anything bringing more girls into the realm of math, science and tech contests is a good thing.  However, I can’t help thinking that, if this policy had been in place when I was competing, and I’d won, I’d constantly be wondering if I won because I was really the best, or because they’re looking to fill the quota.

However, like I said before, if it’s bringing in more girls, then that’s good.  And it should be noted that this program isn’t giving girls an unfair advantage – it merely favors them if they’re on equal standing with the male competitors, and it’s promoting diversity, which I’m all for.  I’m just hoping that it’ll be a temporary fix, and will become unnecessary later, when hopefully more girls will be interested in competing in these sorts of activities.