Here’s a weird question for you: What do Robyn and Cards Against Humanity have in common? Both are actively encouraging women to step into STEM fields, which are currently dominated by men.
We’ve previously reported how Robyn has created a tech fest to welcome girls into various Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. Now the party game that makes for awkward moments and much hilarity has created a new expansion deck that’s proceeds will go toward a scholarship fund for women pursuing STEM careers.
The Chicago Tribune (via The Mary Sue) reports the 30-card strong “Science Pack” will be sold for $10, and offers cards like “The quiet majesty of the sea turtle,” “A supermassive black hole,”and “Getting really worried about global warming for a few seconds.”
This is a pretty cool and progressive step from a company that’s made a few missteps.
Yes, even a game explicitly about being offensive can come under fire. In the past Cards Against Humanity drew criticism for insensitive jokes, like when it offered a card that read “passable transvestites.” They’ve also been accused of being kind of bro-focused in their brand of comedy, spurring the creation of the hilarious response tumblr Ladies Against Humanity.
Internet outrage culture has a tendency to go black and white as these cards, insisting people and things are all good or all bad, and thereby disposable. But Cards Against Humanity has been responsive to criticism and evolved. The company run by eight high school friends has taken its backlashes as a teachable moment, rebounding with something positive, both for their brand and for some lucky woman.
Charities like DonorsChoose.org and others have already received $2 million from Cards Against Humanity. Now, they’re gathering a panel of 40 female scientist to help select which student will win their Science Pack scholarship. In a surprisingly progressive move, the scholarship will be open to anyone who identifies female, not just cisgender women. Along with a full ride to four years of college, the scholarship winner will also be welcomed to become a voice on Cards Against Humanity’s blog and social media accounts.
Cards Against Humanity co-creator/astrophysics PhD candidate at MIT Josh Dillon explains, “By giving somebody a platform, not only does it hopefully increase public understanding of science … but also it can change a public perception of who a scientist is.”
Kristy Puchko’s favorite Cards Against Humanity pairing (from real game play) was: “Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s…being marginalized.” Because of course.