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Women Are Superior Wordsmiths From an Early Age

The Pacific Standard – Tom Jacobs

“Much has been written about the fact boys tend to perform better than girls at math. But this focus has largely overshadowed a larger and more worrisome gender gap in an even more fundamental domain: reading and writing. A new study featuring data on more than three million American students reports girls outperform boys in reading and writing skills in fourth grade, and that gap increases over their next eight years of schooling.” (more)

Role models at Microsoft, Google, GE tell girls that STEM’s for them in new campaign

The Seattle Times – JANE L. LEVERE

“Bonnie Ross, head of Microsoft’s Halo game studio, says, “You have the power to bring new worlds to life.” Maya Gupta, a Google research scientist, advises, “Don’t just solve the problem, write the code.” And Lisa Seacat DeLuca, a distinguished engineer at IBM, suggests, “If you can imagine it, it’s possible.” They are among the women featured in a public-service campaign, which debuted Monday, that encourages girls ages 11 to 15 to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math.” (more)

Boys and girls share similar math abilities at young ages, study finds

Medical X-Press – David Mercer

“There has been much speculation about whether lower female participation rates in STEM fields can be traced to an innate male superiority in math and science. But a new University of Chicago study wanted to test whether boys and girls actually show different mathematical abilities at their earliest developmental stages. UChicago postdoctoral researcher Alyssa Kersey recently co-authored research in the Nature journal Science of Learning that showed the ability to understand numbers is not innately different in boys and girls. Young boys and girls share similar abilities, according to the study, and any differences that show up later are likely learned.” (more)

From Poverty To Rocket Scientist To CEO, A Girl Scout’s Inspiring Story

NPR – Elissa Nadworny

“Sylvia Acevedo grew up on a dirt road in New Mexico. Her family was poor, living “paycheck to paycheck.” After a meningitis outbreak in her Las Cruces neighborhood nearly killed her younger sister, her mother moved the family to a different neighborhood. At her new school, young Acevedo knew no one. Until a classmate convinced her to become a Brownie Girl Scout. And from that moment, she says, her life took on a new path.” (more)

Female, minority students took AP computer science in record numbers

USA Today – Ryan Suppe

“Female, black and Latino students took Advanced Placement computer science courses in record numbers, and rural student participation surged this year, as the College Board attracted more students to an introductory course designed to expand who has access to sought-after tech skills.” (more)

What Adolescent Girls Wish Their Parents Understood About Them

KQED News Mind/Shift – Staff Writer

“Talking with grown-ups about friendships and relationships can sometimes be challenging for a lot of reasons. They might be surprised by what you have to say, might change their opinions about you or your friend, or might have advice that you weren’t looking for. “Liking” someone means you have feelings for the person that seem different than feelings you have for other friends—that you are interested in that person in a new or bigger way than you used to be.” (more)