On Sunday, we welcomed special guest Blair C. Marks
Blair is the president of Women of Reform Judaism, an organization that unites Sisterhood and women's groups in order to strengthen the voice of women throughout the Reform Movement.
is committed to a range of humanitarian causes in addition to advocating for women's rights.
spoke to camp at Boker Big Bang about her
experience as a ceramics engineer.
It turns out that ceramics engineers create everything from toilets to the heat shield tiles on the space shuttle!
In addition to her work as an engineer, Blair is active in the Temple Kol Emeth Sisterhood in Marietta, GA and serves on the board of the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers, which promotes improving science and technology education for elementary and middle school students.
While visiting Sci-Tech
sat down for a special conversation with campers in Rosie 1 and Rosie 2, where they shared their experiences as girls pursuing interests in science and technology.
pointed out the world is changing and some fields where women were previously virtually absent, like medicine, are now dominated by women.
Blair feels that women right out of college today have a vastly different experience entering STEM fields than she
However, the work of engaging women in science and technology is far from over.
The campers shared different experiences with Blair
This dynamic, says Blair
, shows why the work of the WRJ
continues to be important.
"We still need a single-gender organization in order to provide a place for women to have conversations that would not take place in a mixed-gender space," she