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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Not a pretty picture: A call to action for black girls in school

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“Across the country, educators are talking about new ways to handle student discipline, and while there is broad acknowledgement that punitive, zero-tolerance policies have fallen disproportionately on African-American boys, a recent report points out that black girls are suspended at a rate six times that of whites — and at rates that also surpass those for Latino, Asian and white boys.”(more)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Science careers not ‘the preserve of men’

BBC – Hannah Richardson

“Teenaged girls must not be allowed to feel that maths and science subjects are “the preserve of men”, says England’s Education Secretary.” (more)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Girls and STEM education

WAAY TV – Alexandra Finnie

“HUNTSVILLE, Ala., (WAAY)– Huntsville is making a push to get girls more involved in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM education.” (more)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Why ‘Interstellar’ Is Great for Women in STEM

U.S. News & World Report – Tierney Sneed

“When the mind-bending filmmaker Christopher Nolan began working on the script for “Interstellar” with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, he made a crucial change: he opted to make Murph – a brilliant scientist and one of the film’s central characters – a woman…considering that women are drastically underrepresented in STEM fields, a major Hollywood movie that prominently features two bright female scientists — Anne Hathaway plays an astronaut — in leading roles makes for a powerful recruiting tool for girls to take up science, technology, math or engineering.” (more)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Stanford President Has 4 Ideas For Boosting Women In Tech

Forbes – George Anders

“Why are science and tech such male-dominated fields, and what can be done to improve women’s chances? Some brilliant male leaders have flubbed that question…So when Stanford president John Hennessy faced a variant of The Question…people waited on every word…Hennessy’s answer focused on four barriers to gender equality — with proposed solutions for each.” (more)

Monday, November 3, 2014

STEM education: 7 awesome ways to get girls excited, from apps to clubs to cool websites

Cool Mom Tech – Staff Writer

“I feel pretty lucky to have a couple of daughters who dig STEM — that’s science, technology, engineering and math, in case you’ve seen the acronym floating around. While there are so many exciting developments in the last few years designed to get girls eager to explore STEM education and all its facets, it’s still a lopsided field; check out even the most progressive schools’ robotics or science clubs and you might be surprised how imbalanced the boy-girl ratio is. Hey, we need you girls! You’re our future!.” (more)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Engaging Girls in Your STEM Program

The Huffington Post – Kiki Prottsman

“Even programs with the best intentions sometimes have difficulty attracting girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).” (more)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to Raise a Woman Scientist

The Huffington Post – Meg Lowman

“Although things have changed considerably for women in the world of science since the brave and bold Marie Curie began paving the way, there are still far too few women pursuing science careers…So how can we all help our daughters become scientists? First and foremost, parents play a critical role.” (more)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Educators still trying to attract more women to technology, science fields

The Globe and Mail – Kate Hammer and Caroline Alphonso

“Standardized test scores released Tuesday show that at the Grade 8-level girls have closed the gap in science and math, performing as well and sometimes better than their male classmates. But participation in those courses begins declining in high school and drops further in university: Females account for just 39 per cent of undergrads in math and physical sciences and only 17 per cent of undergraduates in engineering and computer science, according to data from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.” (more)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Report urges support for girls’ leadership roles

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“Educators are uniquely positions to help girls assume leadership roles and overcome stereotypes both in and out of school, according to a new report from the National Education Association (NEA).” (more)