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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)

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)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Verizon joins the battle for girls in STEM

The Christian Science Monitor – Lisa Suhay

“Verizon is leading a new campaign to help remind parents that girls are born explorers and should be encouraged to follow their instincts toward science, without pause.” (more)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

‘Let Girls Learn’ Focuses On Equality in International Classrooms

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“Let Girls Learn, an initiative started by the US government, is receiving backing from such celebrities as Anne Hathaway, Tyler Perry and Alicia Keys as it focuses on helping girls around the world receive an equal education in a safe environment.” (more)