If you never felt your life was inadequate before, now might be a good time to start.
There are probably more than a few people in this world who look at professional cheerleaders at sporting events and assume they’re nothing more than airheaded eye candy. Oh sure, they might look good while they’re cheering on (Local Sports Team X), and it probably takes a bit of training to be able to do all those splits, but that’s all they’re really capable of, isn’t it?
No, it isn’t.
Meet the Science Cheerleaders. They’re not only current and former professional cheerleaders with the NBA and NFL, they’re also scientists and engineers who want to encourage young girls to dream about entering what is a very male-dominated industry. In the video here, they’re cheering at the USA Science and Engineering Festival held last month in Washington, D.C.
The video starts off seeming a bit silly. “Oh, it’s professional cheerleaders cheering for science,” you might say, “That’s kind of endearing.” Then you meet the Houston Texans cheerleader with an aerospace degree working for NASA. Then you meet the Washington Redskins cheerleader who has done pretty much everything.
If there’s any one video to make you feel inadequate about your life’s work, this is it. I mean holy crap, I just sit at a desk and write about videogames on the internet, geez.
In all seriousness, while the video does get rather cheesy at times, this is a seriously cool way of breaking down common and all-too-harmful gender stereotypes. You go, girls.