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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

International Literacy Day 2014: The State of Girls’ Education Today

The Huffington Post – Vanessa Thevathasan

“As we mark International Literacy Day, it is an opportune time to highlight the importance of literacy and the challenges ahead in promoting global literacy. The statics are shocking and reinforce the urgency behind today’s significance. According to the World Literacy Foundation, an estimated 67 million children still do not have access to primary school education.” (more)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Gentlemen, Preschool Is Calling


“Experts hope New York City’s unprecedented pre-K expansion will lead more men to consider teaching small children…Men can play an important role in the development of young children. And experts say male teachers are particularly important role models for boys who grow up without father figures.” (more)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Why Investing In Girls Is The Smartest Move We Can Make

The Huffington Post – Staff Writer

“Lack of access to education and health care for girls around the world doesn’t just hurt girls — it hurts their families, communities and economies. Last month, UN Women released an infographic illustrating in numbers just how beneficial supporting young girls can be for a country’s economy.” (more)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

YA Lit And The Gender Gap in Education

The Huffington Post – Julie Drew

“More teens than ever before are reading fiction outside of school assignments, and half of adolescents surveyed say “they read books to ‘help you figure out who you are and who you could become.’” Young adults want to read — will read and are reading — good stories told well, fiction that speaks to their current young lives and that helps them to imagine how they could and should act upon the world as adults.” (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)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

6 STEM resources to engage women, minorities

E-School – Laura Devaney

“Efforts are underway to ensure that women and minorities have equal access and opportunity when it comes to K-12 STEM education and program participation.” (more)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Move over Barbie: the cool kids are playing with Lego paleontologists

The Guardian – Zoe Williams

“This week, Lego unveiled its first range of female scientists. The set sold out in three days. But is this really the end of the tyranny of pink, when little girls can pretend to be paleontologists instead of princesses?.” (more)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back to School: Kind campaign combats female bullying

USA Today – Korina Lopez

“The thought of your child becoming the victim of bullying is a nightmare. But for every girl, bullying in some form is a reality, say Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, founders of the Kind campaign to raise awareness of female bullying. “One hundred percent of girls and women have been the victim of bullying, as the target, the aggressor or both,” says Paul. ‘It’s a universal issue.’” (more)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Google To Promote Coding For Women, Minorities

Education News – Jordan E. Wassell

“With only 17% of its tech employees being women, 1% African-American and 2% Hispanic, Google has rolled out a new initiative to pay for three months of continuing education for women and minorities in the tech industry, reports Seth Rosenblatt for CNET.” (more)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ethiopia: Teaching a Girl Teaches a Community

All Africa – Erna Solberg and Graca Machel

“In 1990, the Italian World Cup was played to the sound of Luciano Pavarotti’s Nessun Dorma. In that same year, 12.6 million under-fives died from largely preventable diseases, and 104 million children of primary school age were out of school.” (more)