Have you seen the hashtag #BugsR4Girls? Well, if you haven’t, you should check it out, because there’s a really cool story behind it.
8-year-old Sophia Spencer LOVES bugs, but she’s felt ostracized and bullied during her young life because it’s not a typical interest for young girls.
Sophia’s mom decided to write the Entomological Society of Canada to tell the organization about her daughter’s passion – and her problem. The Society shared Sophia’s mom’s letter on Twitter. In the letter she said, “I want her to know from an expert that she is not weird or strange (what kids call her) for loving bugs and insects.”
The Society included the #BugsR4Girls hashtag, and the whole thing blew up. Sophia soon realized that other girls out there liked bugs just as much as she did, and that there’s nothing weird about it. The young girl also got contacted by a Ph.D. candidate writing a paper about how social media can help get females more interested in science. The best part? Sophia’s input got her an author’s credit in the scientific journal Annals of the Entomological Society of America.
Sophia said about her great experience, “Before… I really thought loving bugs wasn’t the best hobby. But after I realized bugs are for girls I thought to myself, ‘Well, I think I should start loving bugs again, because just because people say they’re weird and gross doesn’t mean I shouldn’t like them.'”
h/t: The Verge