Mayim Bialik Encourages Girls to Pursue Male-Dominated Careers

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We all remember the hit 1990’s show “Blossom” and its star, Mayim Bialik! We’ve watched as she grew into a lovable, successful actress; and after you read this, the spirit within her will have you talking and wanting more!  She is now a mother of two, an advocate for attachment parenting and homeschooling, a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor, and the celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network.

Mayim is also passionate about the power of education – she has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience! – and wants more girls to learn about and pursue careers in male-dominated STEM areas, such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Because of this, she has joined the national Her World Initiative.

EverydayFamily’s Shiloh Johnson, director of content, chatted with Mayim about the Her World initiative to find out how she hopes to get young girls interested in these types of career opportunities. This is what Mayim had to say:

 

Mayim Bialik’s Bio:

Mayim Hoya Bialik is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as for her portrayal of the young Bette Midler in “Beaches.” She has also appeared in Woody Allen's “Don't Drink the Water” and HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Bialik was born to first-generation American teachers and documentary filmmakers and was raised in Los Angeles, attending both public and religious school. Bialik has guest starred on some of the most beloved TV shows of the 1980s and 1990s including MacGyver, The Facts of Life, and Webster. She has appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show, the Arsenio Hall Show, and on Conan O'Brien and Jon Stewart's early forays into late-night.

Bialik received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies from UCLA in 2000 and earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2007 from UCLA, specializing in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. She is the celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting holistic and green parenting and living.

Bialik gave birth to a son in 2005, and a second son (born at home, largely unassisted) in 2008. She is a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor and is devoted to a lifestyle of attachment parenting, homeschooling, natural family living, and vegan cooking.

{ MORE: Mayim Bialik's Top 5 FAQ's About Attachment Parenting }

Bialik is the co-founder and chair of the youth branch of the Jewish Free Loan Association (Genesis) and enjoys speaking on a variety of topics, including her journey to embracing traditional Jewish values. She studies Jewish texts weekly with two study partners.

Recent appearances include recurring roles on “Secret Life of the American Teenager” and FOX's “Til Death.” She portrayed 1960's activist Nancy Kurshan in “Chicago 8,” and she appears regularly on CBS's “The Big Bang Theory” as Sheldon's friend who is not his girlfriend, Amy Farrah Fowler. 

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Mayim Bialik Encourages Girls to Pursue Male-Dominated Careers

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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2 comments

  1. Love her! And I’d love for my children to pursue careers of the STEM variety.

  2. Profile photo of reaganfanfic reaganfanfic says:

    As a child, I was not encouraged one way or another by my parents to pursue a college education, let alone a STEM career. As an adult with three children, currently pursuing my secondary degree in the sciences, I will encourage my daughter — and my sons — to engage their interests and study what appeals to them, with an eye toward a career. I’m actually hoping that they show more interest in the trades, since those are lacking so much is society today.

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