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Fashion Figures

How Missy the Mathlete Made the Cut

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  • Missy Maker feels internal pressure to reject her love of math, but finds support from her peers and family to embrace her passions and be herself
  • This book empowers girls to love math because it helps them excel in artistic endeavors like fashion, too
  • The adults in this book encourage and support Missy and other young girls to engage in STEM pursuits and to apply STEM in other areas of their lives

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About this book

Missy Maker is a middle school girl who loves math and fashion. She sees math in everything she does. She tries to hide this from her friends, because she thinks it’s too geeky. Missy hears that the school math club needs more members, but she’s worried about what her friends will think if she joins, and she’s already committed to joining the fashion club.

After an epic internal struggle and with the support of her peers and her quirky, loving family, Missy finds that she can be both a Mathlete and a Fashionista. Missy figures out how to bring the two clubs together to help both groups win. In the process, she discovers that she can openly excel in math and science and still be popular with her peers. She also learns how her math and science skills can help her artistic endeavors.

Gain an inside perspective on what it’s like when you love math and science and happen to be a girl. Fashion Figures highlights the societal and internal pressures preteen and early-teen girls often face when they excel in these subjects, and it shows strategies for overcoming barriers to being themselves and doing what they love while still fitting in socially.

What You'll Learn

  • Girls can have a passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects and still be cool
  • Girls can be great at math
  • Math skills are important in non-STEM centered subject areas like fashion and art
  • Math can be fun

Who This Book Is For

Pre-teen and early-teen girls (9-14 years old)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • River Edge, USA

    Melissa A. Borza

About the author

Melissa A. Borza is Vice President Strategy and Marketing at Netformx. Before joining Netformx, she worked as a product leader at CA Technologies. Prior to that she worked as a journalist and technical writer. Ms. Borza has taught technical writing, public speaking, and product management classes and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She presents regularly at conferences around the world, such as the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and she contributes frequent articles and blogs on change management, team transformations, product management, and increasing the representation of women in IT and other STEM careers. Ms. Borza holds a patent in an integrated impact analysis system. She took her MA in Communications from Syracuse University and her BA in English and Psychology from Cornell University.

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