27 Sep '14, 2pm

Why the #Society of #Women #Engineers (@SWEtalk) beats Miss America (@MissAmericaOrg) (every time)

Why the #Society of #Women #Engineers (@SWEtalk) beats Miss America (@MissAmericaOrg) (every time)

Who knew that a HBO show could change the lives of girls who dream of being engineers? Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has a Daily Show/Colbert Report feeling to it and this past Sunday, Oliver used part of the time to do a decent take down of how ridiculous the Miss America Pageant is. One of his key points—aside from some zingers about butt glue and the obvious patriarchal implications—was that the pageant claims to provide over $45 million dollars annually in scholarships. Oliver and his team of detectives (slash interns) did some sleuthing and, even when generously accounting for information they couldn’t find, were unable to find support documents for even $4 million dollars of scholarships. Finally, they called the Miss America Foundation and found out that the key word is that they provide $45 million dollars in scholarships, even if the contestant doesn’t (or ca...

Full article: http://www.ecnmag.com/blogs/2014/09/why-society-women-eng...

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