Hi! My name is Kami Kinard and I am a nerdy chick. I am also a children’s writer. And a mom. And the creator of this blog. I am thankful for the long line of nerdy chicks who preceded me! Some of these include:
Susan B. Anthony
Without her wit and determination, I probably wouldn’t be allowed to author this blog! Susan B. Anthony flouted social norms in the biggest way!
A fascinating and brilliant woman who coined the term radioactivity and who used her scientific discoveries to improve the human condition. During WWI, for example, she set up a mobile x-ray station to help doctors treat wounded soldiers. Ever heard of the Bookmobile? Think of this vehicle as The X-Ray mobile! Thank you, Marie Curie, for flaunting your brain power! (Actually, I have to say that in what I’ve read about Madame Curie, it seems like she was pretty humble about her brain power, but I’m thankful that she didn’t mind using it!)
Amelia Earhart is proof that smart girls can also be amazing adventurers!
When I was gathering information for this blog, I was surprised by how few women appeared on lists of intelligent people! I’m here to advocate for those amazing nerdy chicks whose songs have not yet been sung. Every Monday here I’ll interview one of them. Then on Wednesdays, you’ll hear from me. On Friday’s we’ll highlight an activity or event that other nerdy chicks enjoy. It is not always easy to be smart and to make decisions that stand out from the pack. If you’re a nerdy chick, you’ll find out here that you’re not alone!
Do you know someone who has accomplished something worthy by flaunting her brain power or by flouting social norms? Please suggest them for a Nerdy Chick interview. You can do so by leaving a comment, or by sending me an email: kamikinard AT juno DOT com. Nerdy Chicks Rule is hosting a huge giveaway starting on January 15. Anyone who suggests an interviewee (even if we aren’t able to work her in) will be entered to win. What’s the huge giveaway? Check back on January 15!
Nerdy chicks do rule and I am a proud to say that I am happy to have never conformed to what everyone wanted me to be! If I had, I would never have the fabulous opportunities I do now. I refuse to live in the box!!!! Outside the box is so much more exciting and colorful!!!!
My Mom was a nerdy chick, & I didn’t fall far from the nest. Great blog, Kami!
I love your blog – totally something I would have gravitated towards as a middle-school-all-A’s girl. I can’t wait to read THE BOY PROJECT!
And hey–what’s the difference between a geek and a nerd?
Thank you Bethany! And I hope you like the book. 🙂
And I forgot to answer your last question. Being a nerd, I looked it up. I mean, being a lazy nerd, I looked it up. I could have come up with a definition for each, but why go to the trouble with the internet practically connected to my fingertips? According to Dr. Nard, “No nerd calculates so hard, gets such perfect grades, to be called a geek. Likewise, no geek spends 3 weeks putting together the perfect steam punk ensemble to be called a nerd.” He classifies Bill Gates as a nerd and Weird Al Yankovic as a geek. I’ll stick with the nerds! What about you? 🙂
The 6th grade girls on my “team” at school are now reading “The Boy Project” for their Reading class… Thank you for the great book!!!
Wow, Thanks Davina! I’m sure that was your suggestion! If the girls want to email me 3 or 4 questions when they finish reading and discussing, let me know and I’ll be happy to answer!
I’ll let their LA teacher know 🙂