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  • Title: Fashion Figures: How Missy the Mathlete Made the Cut
  • Author(s) Melissa A. Borza
  • Publisher: Apress (August 31, 2017); eBook (Open Access Edition)
  • License(s): CC BY-SA 3.0 US
  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • eBook: PDF (110 pages) and ePub
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10/ASIN: 1484222733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484222737
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Book Description

This book 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.

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.

  • 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
About the Authors
  • Melissa A. Borza is Vice President Strategy and Marketing at Netformx. Before joining Netformx, she worked as a product leader at CA Technologies.
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