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Friday, March 27, 2015

Educators Can Boost Women’s Role in Computing, Engineering, Report Says

Education Week – Benjamin Herold

“Women remain dramatically underrepresented in the fields of engineering and computing, necessitating a wide range of strategies to minimize gender bias…In 2013, just 26 percent of computing professionals and 12 percent of working engineers were women, according to the AAUW, a Washington-based nonprofit advocacy group…The group’s report, “Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing,” cites a wide range of research indicating that it is students’ interest in STEM, not their performance in related academic subjects, that is most closely associated with their pursuit of degrees and careers in engineering and computing”…The AAUW recommends that employers and universities address a range of “structural and cultural barriers” to greater female involvement in computing and engineering…”(more)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Global Citizenship Essential for Gender Equality: Ambassador Chowdhury

Inter Press Service – Josh Butler

“At a recent panel discussion on women’s leadership during the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury was the lone male voice. In front of an audience of every creed, colour and culture, the decorated diplomat and former president of the United Nations Security Council tied the advancement of women’s causes to one of his pet causes: the idea of ‘global citizenship,’ of humans growing and learning and acting and working with consideration of their place in the global community. “Being globally connected, emerging as global citizens, will help women achieve equality and help them show leadership,” Chowdhury told the packed room…This idea of global citizenship is one he has proudly championed, pushing for greater education for young people to know and appreciate their place in the world, and how they can understand global challenges.”(more)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Good Education Helps Girls to Grow into Strong Women

Wise / Ed.review – Julia Gillard

“Across the globe, about 58 million children of primary school age are not in school. Of those, about 31 million are girls. Over the last decade, there has been a substantial improvement in getting more children in school, and many nations have achieved or approached gender parity in their primary schools. But 31 million is still a staggering number, and it means that the task of bringing a quality education to girls in every corner of the world is still far from complete…There’s more than enough evidence to show that educating girls is not only transformational to girls themselves but to everyone around them. With education, a girl will be better positioned over her lifetime to help herself and her family move out of poverty and avoid the threats of disease. That makes for stronger women and more resilient families, communities, nations and the world.”(more)

Friday, March 6, 2015

This Is The Truth About Women’s Education Around The Globe

The Huffington Post – Staff Writer

“…sometimes we seem to forget the most basic concern regarding education: Some people are not getting enough. Specifically young girls and women. According to data from the World Bank, nearly 92 percent of primary-school aged American children were enrolled in classes in 2012. However, that number drops drastically when looking at an area like sub-Saharan Africa, where only 76.8 percent of the same age group were enrolled in school. Of those children who were not in school, more than 18 million were young girls. March 8th is International Women’s Day. In an effort to both recognize the struggles that women still face when it comes to education — and celebrate how much they’ve accomplished — take a look at the infographic below…”(more)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Call to Action: Girl Geeks, Make Yourselves Known

The Huffington Post – Rachel Swidenbank

“…what can we do to address the small number of women choosing to work in STEM careers? The problem starts at a young age. We know that girls perform equally to boys in STEM subjects up to the point where specialisation occurs, at around 14. Then, girls simply don’t choose STEM subjects. Girls are making choices at an age where they are developing their identity and exploring their self-image and a subject choice can be one way for them to see themselves. The stereotypical associations that STEM subjects are for boys makes these subject choices difficult for young females…The answer isn’t novel. Girls need female role models to show them examples of women who’ve chosen to become engineers and scientists or pursue digital careers.”(more)

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Next Generation of Women in STEM

Diplomatic Courier – David Chavern

“The word “engineer” is derived from two Latin terms meaning “to devise” and “cleverness.” Contrary to popular perception, successful “engineering” has always required creativity and lots of out-of-the-box thinking…STEM careers have been traditionally male-dominated, with a number of barriers—some cultural, some more overt—that have impeded the retention and advancement of women in STEM fields. But empirical evidence tells us that companies with higher levels of gender diversity perform better than their competitors…smart businesses create a corporate culture from the top down that paves the road for more women in STEM at all levels. Diversity in hiring—and thinking—has to first and foremost be championed by the board and the CEO. Then they, in turn, have to work to root out unseen and misunderstood biases throughout the organization and, very importantly, hold people accountable. Again, this isn’t just a social good or a “nice thing to do.” It is a business imperative for companies that are in a war for talent…But this is not enough; we all have to do our part to make sure unseen and misunderstood biases in the home and school are rooted out, and that all young women with an interest in and talent for STEM fields have a chance to learn and succeed. We can’t just complain. We need to buy more GoldieBlox for the young girls in our lives!”(more)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The hard Stem sell: trying to get girls to buy into science

Irish Times – Grainne Faller, Louise Holden

“Science, technology, engineering and maths (collectively known as Stem) has a women problem. These areas have always attracted and retained more boys and men than girls and women. What’s surprising is that the situation is not really improving and in many cases is getting worse…The phenomenon is not just an Irish one. Less than 7 per cent of tech positions in Europe are filled by women. In the US the number of female entrants to computer science is still going down…The issues for women in Stem are complex, and persist right up the ladder.”(more)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Number Of U.S. STEM Graduates Rises Slightly In Past Decade

SiliconBeat – MICHELLE QUINN

“If you listen to politicians and tech leaders, the country is in dire need of more people trained in science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called “STEM” fields. Students appear to be responding somewhat to this message, according to a new study from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Twenty-six percent of all bachelor’s earned by men and 12 percent earned by women were in hard sciences in 2014, up from 24 percent and 11 percent respectively in 2004…But when it came to one specific degree — computer science bachelors — women lost ground. In 2014, 18 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded to women were in computer science, down from 23 percent in 2004…”(more)

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)