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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professions that perpetuate stereotypes?…Surely there would be a market for entrepreneurship toys that don’t reinforce outdated clichés about girls.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)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

How U.S. schools can help make a difference for girls’ education worldwide

E-School News – Therese Mageau

“Two education industry veterans who have recently launched a new organization to empower young women and girls around the globe talk about how schools can get involved.”(more)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Malala and Motivation

The Huffington Post – Vicki Cobb

“Just the thought of Malala Yousafzai brings tears to my eyes. If you don’t know who she is, you should. She will be giving a Nobel lecture this week as the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize.”(more)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Barbie should break the geek ceiling

E-School News – Staff Writer

“Today, Thiers said, women earn just 18 percent of tech degrees and get 11 percent of tech executive positions. Nearly all venture capitalists in the tech field are male. Messages can be exclusionary. Remember back in the early 1990s when Barbie’s owner, Mattel, caught trouble for a talking Barbie who sighed, ‘math class is tough.'”(more)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Guest: Why diversity matters in tech and engineering

The Seattle Times – Susannah Malarkey

“Diversity in our technology and engineering workforce is a hot topic, and with good reason. Washington has the highest concentration of science, tech, engineering and math (STEM)-related jobs in the country, but the lack of women and people of color in this sector is glaringly obvious.”(more)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Bringing Education to African Girls

The New York Times – CHRISTOPHER F. SCHUETZE

“THE HAGUE — Two decades ago, when Ann Cotton, a British educator and philanthropist, started examining the problem of low school enrollment among girls in rural Zimbabwe, she was struck by the crushing poverty, which to her presented an even bigger obstacle to girls’ education than tradition.”(more)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

STEM education gives girls new outlook on their futures

WHNT 19 News – DANIELA PERALLON

“STEM teacher Christine Yeske says she loves seeing young girls get excited about stem careers, saying her own passion for science, technology, engineering and math came from a “really great” teacher of her own.”(more)

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)