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Friday, September 19, 2014

Education can save lives, help reach sustainable development goals – UN agency

UN News Centre – Staff Writer

“If all women in poor countries completed primary education, child mortality would drop by one-sixth saving almost one million lives, the United Nations educational agency today reported highlighting the links between schooling and achieving a new set of sustainable development targets.” (more)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Better Living Through Science: Women in STEM

GOOD – Erin Joyce

“…when women make up 48% of the U.S. work force and only represent 26% of STEM fields there are still radical shifts to be made…children need to be encouraged and engaged with STEM topics at an age when they will still be receptive…The 5th-8th grades are a prime time to influence them.” (more)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Many Women Leave Engineering, Blame The Work Culture


“From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field.” (more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Top Math Prize Has Its First Female Winner

The New York Times – Kenneth Chang

“An Iranian mathematician is the first woman ever to receive a Fields Medal, often considered to be mathematics’ equivalent of the Nobel Prize…While women have reached parity in many academic fields, mathematics is still dominated by men…” (more)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

First Lady Praises Leaders for Progress of Girls in Africa

The New York Times – JADA F. SMITH

“Michelle Obama on Wednesday praised the efforts that African leaders have made in improving educational opportunities for girls, but she emphasized that barriers remained and pledged American support in removing them.” (more)

Women in STEM Begins With Girls in STEM: 7 Ways to Support a Generation of Scientific Young Women

The Huffington Post – Lexi Herrick

“The critical years of shifting between a teenager and a young adult are a main culprit of young girls falling away from STEM…But this doesn’t have to be the case for girls in this evolving world; whether you’re a parent, an educator, a leader, or just someone who cares, you can play a key role in supporting an upcoming generation of STEM-pursuing young women.” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Colleges Work to Engage Women, Minorities in STEM Fields

U.S. News & World Report – Delece Smith-Barrow

“Dozens of colleges across the U.S.​ have programs that help women and underrepresented minorities succeed in computer science and other STEM fields, which are often necessary for students to do well, experts say.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why I Encourage Failure in STEM: One Teacher’s Experience in Finding Female Leaders in STEM

The Huffington Post – Julie Rohl

“In the classroom, I see such amazing potential in my female STEM students. I watch them try, fail, learn from the failure, and repeat the process until they reap the rewards of success. As a result, curious female students quickly become confident leaders in STEM. And, considering how much we need female leaders in science, it’s not a moment too soon.” (more)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What a young girl can learn from Utah women about STEM education and careers

Deseret News – Jasen Lee

“Here are the stories of four women who are succeeding in STEM fields and the lessons they can teach about succeeding in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Colleges Work to Engage Women, Minorities in STEM Fields

U.S. News – Delece Smith-Barrow

“In June, the Association of American Colleges and Universities announced 20 schools were ​selected ​to participate in Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM, ​ also known as TIDES. The new initiative aims to help faculty learn how to better engage women and underrepresented minorities, such as African-Americans​ or Hispanics, in STEM, as well as create curriculums​ that are more inclusive for these students. The program’s primary focus is to ​foster change for students interested in computer science.” (more)