How do you deal with bias?

First of all I would like to congratulate you on your Superbowl add. I watched your Ted Talks video last week and when I saw the commercial I freaked out and started spitting out facts and statistics to anyone who was close enough to hear me. I would like you to know that you have become a role model to me and you have no idea what it would mean to me if you responded. I became interested in engineering three years ago in 7th grade when I attended a Society of Women Engineering event at a local collage. I have continued on by taking as many science classes as I can and joining my school's robotics team. One of the problems I've been having is people telling me I'm not intelligent as they are just because I'm not male or Asian They have actually come out and told me this even though I know I am as smart as them. I would like to know how you dealt with this bias going through college. I also want to know what I could do to inspire more girls in my community to take an interest in STEM fields. I notice that not as many girls take math and science classes. Last year 60% of my math class was male, and probably 75% of my robotics club is male.
posted by Asia, San Diego on February 2, 2014