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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vegetables in Childhood May Benefit Breast Health

Web MD – Kathleen Doheny

“Girls who ate the most fruits and vegetables rich in carotenoids were less likely to get benign breast disease, a new study suggests.”(more)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Closing The Gender Gap In STEM Education

Forbes – Debra Donston-Miller

“Petroff’s story shows how powerful—and how necessary—exposure to STEM experiences can be. Women are currently underrepresented in STEM-related subjects and professions in workplaces throughout the United States, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Women hold nearly half of all jobs in the U.S., but less than 25 percent of all STEM jobs.”(more)

Student Debt Weighs Down Women More. Blame The Wage Gap

NPR – Jessica Glazer

“Women have made gains in the workplace but there’s still a wage gap. Although attending college costs the same for both genders, women are more burdened by student loan debt after graduating. They spend a higher proportion of their salaries on paying off debt because, well, they have lower salaries to work with than men — from the very start.”(more)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Early STEM Education Will Lead to More Women in IT

CIO – Kenneth Corbin

“A leading advocate for introducing girls to computer science argues that educators must develop required programs at the K-12 level to resolve gender imbalance in the tech sector.”(more)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mentors Help Create A Sustainable Pipeline For Women In STEM

Forbes – Bonnie Marcus

“Women make up about half of the workforce in America, but they only represent 24% of the workforce in STEM fields. Why should we care? First and foremost, this statistic calls attention to an untapped potential; talent that we need in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to remain competitive from a global perspective.”(more)

Community: A Focal Point to Inspire Passion for STEM Education in Girls

The Huffington Post – Njideka U. Harry

“In many societies, a girl’s choice to study science is seen as making her appear less feminine. In situations where a girl’s material circumstances, as well as those of her family, are tied to her marriage prospects, the implications of challenging the dominant construction of her femininity are impossible to ignore. Cultural biases hold that science is a male domain and that girls are not as capable as boys when it comes to learning about it (Ekine, Abay. Enhancing Girls’ Participation in Science in Nigeria). I refer to this as the masculinity of STEM.”(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)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Malala’s father fighting for an education for girls worldwide

The Star – Louise Brown

“Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala who was shot by the Taliban, is in Canada to promote education for all girls.”(more)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

In Search of the ‘Piece of Resistance’ to Increase Interest in Engineering

The Huffington Post – Vicki May

“We engineers have been searching for years for the Piece of Resistance, something to save the engineering universe or at least increase interest in engineering. Despite a growing need for engineers in the world, we struggle as a nation to attract students to engineer.”(more)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Study links obesity in teenage girls with lower academic results

BBC – Staff Writer

“A new study suggests obesity in adolescent girls is associated with lower academic results during their teenage years.”(more)