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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


“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)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Women in science – STEM programs and higher education

Chron – Valerie Sweeten

“Across the nation, jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics can be found in droves. From engineers in the oil fields, to software developers at burgeoning technology companies, to forensic accountants at international accounting firms, career opportunities in STEM-related fields abound. However, to remain competitive in this field, it is essential for women to see themselves as leaders in STEM…There will never be enough men to staff the need that is developing, and women must take a leadership role in this new future…schools and colleges must take a more proactive approach in engaging with children at a younger age and fostering young girls’ interest in the field early on.”(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)

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)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Campaign Aims to Recruit 1 Million STEM Women Mentors

Education Week – Caralee Adams

“Women comprise about 48 percent of the U.S. workforce, but just 24 percent are in STEM fields…The campaign hopes to increase the percentage of U.S. high school girls planning to pursue STEM careers…” (more)