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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Why We Need Coding Clubs for Girls

Good – Reshma Saujani

“…the Girl Scout Research Institute asked high school girls what they wanted to do with their lives, and above 75 percent said they wanted to “change the world.” But these girls have a hard time seeing the connection between technology and creating and making things. Little boys at ages two, three, and four, are encouraged to take their trucks apart, build things, create things, and develop things. We need to instill that maker mentality in girls at a very young age. And we don’t.”(more)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bringing Low-Income Students Into STEM Education

Forbes – Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

“Today, America’s global leadership is threatened because too few U.S. high-school students achieve at high levels in math and science and pursue STEM degrees or careers — especially lower-income women and minorities, who overwhelmingly represent the future demographic growth of the country. We need to reverse that trend if we are to pursue vital national priorities…”(more)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Closing The Gender Gap In STEM Education

Forbes – Debra Donston-Miller

“…encouraging more women to enter STEM-related careers is important to the future of the U.S. economy—a future that hinges partly on producing a strong crop of STEM graduates.”(more)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Increasing STEM Education for Our Nation’s Women

The Huffington Post – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

“As a growing share of American families rely on women as their sole source of income — this should come as a big wake up call. To fix the problem and eliminate the STEM gender gap, we must work to make these science and technology fields more accessible to women — at earlier stages in their academic and professional careers.”(more)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Calculating women: How to get more girls into math

The Christian Science Monitor – Lisa Suhay

“Another problem to solve is getting girls and young women through key transition periods in life where they most commonly abandon the pursuit of math and other STEM disciplines. “We want girls to see math as a viable and attractive option because it is,” Charney says. “It’s a wonderful job. It’s a wonderful place to be for women today.””(more)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

We Need Universal Access to Education for All Girls

The Huffington Post – Kiana Knolland

“On the heels of International Women’s Day, I am struck by the need to link women’s empowerment with access to quality education. Each year people around the world raise their voices celebrating women while also demanding change…Education is the key for young girls all over the world to grow up and do great things.”(more)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Women of Congress Promote STEM Education, Careers

Roll Call – Bridget Bowman

“The women of Congress are working to change that dynamic and empower young women to see themselves in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — careers.”(more)

How teachers bring women’s history and women’s rights to life

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“As the world marks International Women’s Day, a glimpse at some innovative classroom lessons.”(more)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Women of color nurture minority girls’ interest in STEM

Long Island Newsday – Denise M. Bonilla

“Despite decades of advancement in various careers, women represent only a small fraction of those in STEM fields, and women of color an even smaller fraction. Amid a growing national effort to bring more women and minorities into STEM careers, Jackson and several other women of color on Long Island are taking it upon themselves to educate and mentor young girls of color to pursue these subjects.”(more)

Opinion: To reach the top, girls need financial literacy

Long Island Newsday – Patrice Hirsch Feinstein & Tara Sonenshine

For too long women have been arguing with men about discrimination, inequality, reproductive rights, shared responsibilities, political participation and a host of important issues related to the central tenet — inarguably the right tenet — that women deserve the same opportunities as men to succeed. But we have undervalued one key to success: money. Women and girls today need the financial tools and financial literacy to understand money — and to earn it.”(more)