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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Million Women Mentors Movement Guiding Females to STEM Careers

Diverse Education – Jamaal Abdul-Alim

“When Kate Lindsey took over her late husband’s construction firm, one of the first things she did was ask the firm’s 22 women engineers to identify the biggest determent they faced going into the field of construction and engineering. At least two indicated that it was the college instructors who served as their advisers, Lindsey recently told the Women Mayors Caucus of the United States Conference of Mayors. “My college guidance counselor told me that construction isn’t a field for women,” Lindsey recounted, paraphrasing what the female engineers told her when she surveyed them at Alpha Corporation, an international construction and engineering firm headquartered in Dulles, Virginia. “I was shocked,” Lindsey said. “It tells me we need to do a better job of educating professors on what they deliver as a message to their students.” The discouragement that females may face in higher education and elsewhere as they seek to enter fields such as engineering is one reason that Lindsey has lent her firm’s support to Million Women Mentors, a nationwide movement that is designed to mobilize a million STEM mentors to encourage and guide girls and young women into STEM careers.”(more)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gender gap in university admissions rises to record level

The Guardian – Richard Adams

“Women accepted to study at university outnumbered men by record levels last year, with female applicants dominating entrance to medicine, law and biology undergraduate degrees. The 2014 admissions data from Ucas, the UK’s universities clearing house, also revealed record numbers of acceptances for disabled people and Asian and black ethnic groups…The detailed breakdown of subjects being studied showed another fall in the number of students taking European languages and literature degrees…One good piece of news is some students are opting to study a language alongside another degree subject – more should, it’s a particularly attractive combination for employers.”(more)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

‘Girls outperform boys at school’ despite inequality

BBC News – Hannah Richardson

“Girls do better than boys at school, even in countries where women lack equality with men, a study suggests. Psychologists at Glasgow and Missouri universities compared the achievement in international tests of 1.5 million 15-year-olds from 74 world regions. In 70% of these regions, the girls beat boys in in maths, reading, science and literary subjects…Dr Gijsbert Stoet, of the University of Glasgow, who led the study, said: “At the moment we see that, with the exception of high-achievers, boys have poorer educational outcomes than girls around the world, independent of social equality indicators. “What’s more is that this gap in not reducing. “If policy makers are seriously concerned about gender equality in education, this ought to be their top priority.”(more)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Front and Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and CTE Education

The White House Blog – Valerie Jarrett

“President Obama believes in the innate curiosity of every child, and our responsibility to ensure that every young woman and girl has the opportunity to achieve her dreams, regardless of what zip code she is born in. This week, as part of the President’s commitment to equal opportunity for all students, the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Education, and the Georgetown University Law Center on Poverty and Inequality highlighted programs that focus on developing the talent of girls of color and low-income girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and career technical education (CTE) careers. We heard from the educators, innovators, researchers, scientists, and marginalized girls themselves who are dedicated to increasing the participation of low-income girls and girls of color in post-secondary education and in-demand careers within high-growth industry sectors.”(more)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Striving for scientific excellence

The Star Online – Rahimy Rahim

“While young people and especially girls in many countries are deprived, and in some instances prevented from having an education, children in Malaysia face no such setbacks. In fact, children of school-going age, girls or boys, must be enrolled in school – a requirement by law. Universiti Putra Malaysia Assoc Prof Dr Syahril Abdullah, shares the nobel laureate’s sentiments saying that it is only through knowledge that one can move up. As a member of the Young Scientist Network – Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), he recently led a Malaysian delegation and it included winners of last year’s National Science Challenge (NSC) – See Jing Ming, Lee Shan Shan and Partiban Anathurai – to the prestigious Nobel Prize presentation ceremony in Sweden.”(more)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Girls + STEM = Future

The News Leader – Jeremiah Knupp

“They look like ordinary teenagers. They are athletes, artists, musicians. There is not a lab coat or pocket protector among them. And all four are female. They represent a new generation in the fields collectively known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), an acronym that was popularized by the National Science Foundation beginning in 2001. It indicated an educational approach that integrated science, mathematics and critical thinking to prepare students for education and careers in those fields, where the presence of women is growing, but still not significant enough. These female students are here, not through chance, but through a concerted effort by local schools to draw their interest in STEM fields.”(more)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

7 ways to keep girls interested in STEM for the long haul

E-School News – Zulma Whiteford

“Engineering is empowering. It encompasses the ability to create whatever you can imagine and thereby change the world for the better. But in the United States, fewer than 15 percent of working engineers are women, despite comprising half of the population. There are a number of possible reasons for this inequality, but a variety of contributing factors take effect at an early age.”(more)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Entrepreneur Barbie doesn’t need to wear pink to get the job done

The Christian Science Monitor – Melissa E. Graebner, Ph.D.

“Toy makers are taking steps to build toys that model business leaders for girls, but are they missing the point as they pick wardrobes and professions that perpetuate stereotypes?…Surely there would be a market for entrepreneurship toys that don’t reinforce outdated clichés about girls. In the meantime, how can parents encourage their daughters to become entrepreneurs? The key is to encourage girls to BE smart, not dress smart.”(more)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Girlstart is inspiring underprivileged girls into STEM with the help of FlowPlay

Venture Beat – Dan Crawley

“Too few girls are getting a STEM education, and Girlstart and FlowPlay have teamed up to help change that. From now until Jan. 5, players of FlowPlay’s online social games, Vegas World and OurWorld, can buy in-game items that will directly fund Girlstart, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit on a mission to empower girls in science, technology, engineering, and math. It’s hoping the extra funding will help more girls see a career in STEM, very much a male-dominated area, as something they can actively pursue.”(more)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More

The Daily Beast – Paula Kweskin

“The Taliban asked for Malala by name, and then they shot her. Time was suspended as the world watched and waited for news about the young, brave girl…Miraculously, Malala survived, and her courage, wisdom, and optimism have continued to transfix and inspire the world…Her stated platform is universal education and girls’ rights, which she has promoted tirelessly even before she was catapulted to the international stage…It is essential to promote girls’ education, but is it enough?…In order for universal girls’ education to take hold, we must have an honest debate about the reasons why girls are denied schooling…to make any meaningful change, we must work actively to speak out and challenge extremist cultures and traditions that subjugate women and girls.”(more)