Women

The top tech priority of 2015: Two X chromosomes

Lots of theories have been put forward to explain the decline of women in tech in the US in recent decades. The most recent guinea pig is the "brogrammer" culture that has coalesced in many technology teams. It's a real thing and it has to change in order to stop the women who are already in the tech industry from leaving to do something else. But, the problem also starts a lot sooner.

People more interested in STEM careers in developing countries, study finds

Almost 85 per cent of people in developing nations agreed that they would like to work in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), whereas fewer than six in ten respondents in developed countries said they would, according to the Microsoft report ‘Views from around the globe’. Moreover, 77 per cent of women in developing countries felt encouraged to work in STEM fields, while only 46 per cent of women in more prosperous countries experienced the same encouragement.

Disciplines That Expect Brilliance Tend to Punish Women, Study Finds

The study’s authors suggested several reasons women could be underrepresented in fields that value raw talent. There could be bias, often unconscious, among the discipline’s practitioners. Women might also self-select out of those fields, either because they have internalized the stereotype that they are not as innately talented as men or because they anticipate a difficult work atmosphere in which they constantly must prove their worth.

Want to Change the Face of Technology? Look to Our Girls

When I first imagined Techbridge in 1999, I wanted girls in Oakland to have the chance to pursue studies and careers in which they could inspire and be inspired by technology. I wasn't sure that they would -- not because they didn't have the potential but because they didn't have opportunities. Techbridge was designed to even the odds and empower girls to design their futures in science, technology, and engineering with support from the National Science Foundation.

White House Summit on STEM Will Hopefully Reverse Trend of No Girls of Color Taking AP Computer Science Exams in 12 States

Today, the White House with the U.S. Department of Education and The Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center are hosting “Front and Center,” a day-long conference aimed at addressing marginalized girls’ lack of access to STEM and Career and Technical Education (CTE).

The inspiring stories of women who helped shape science and tech

The White House has launched a website that aims to increase the visibility of women's place in the history of technology. The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology aims to attract more young women into STEM fields by sharing the stories of female trailblazers in those fields.

Women Overcoming Bias in Science Education

Women seeking graduate and doctorate degrees in science no longer fall victim to a "leaky pipeline," a new report in the journal Frontiers in Psychology shows. According to the decades-old metaphor, women are more likely than men to leave science at multiple points from the beginning of college through attaining academic tenure. But while the pipeline certainly "leaked" in the 1970s, it appears to have been repaired in the 1990s.

An (Almost) One-Woman STEM Revolution Brings Photonics to Light

Colette DeHarpporte is on a mission. For the CEO of Laser Classroom, DeHarpporte’s Minneapolis startup, light, laser and optics technology—otherwise known as photonics—is a STEM educational tool with the potential to change the lives of elementary and secondary school kids around the world.

Tech companies are banding together to bring more girls into their world

“We’re all familiar with the ingrained stereotypes, but what we wanted to explore were the subtle cues given to young women, cues that guide their interests,” Tami Erwin, an operations executive with Verizon said in December at a Paley Center event on how Hollywood can encourage young girls to follow science and technology careers.

TV Series Showcases Girls in STEM

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Richard Hudson and his team at Twin Cities Public Television are putting middle school girls in front of a national audience on the PBS series "SciGirls." This is the first television science series designed specifically for girls, ages eight to 12, to inspire and empower them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Myths about girls' interest in sciences, engineering

Myth: From starting school, girls are less interested than boys in science. Most girls and boys start elementary school with similar positive attitudes about science. The culture around STEM is what turns the girls off as they get older. At our Children's Hospital injury center, we're working to disprove this myth; our large student program recruits the best trainees, and women are well-represented. They have gone on to STEM careers and advanced degrees.

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

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.

Help Wanted: Seeking Women Entrepreneurs in STEM

The share of small businesses owned by women is increasing (29 percent), but significant growth opportunities remain for women entrepreneurs in STEM (U.S. Census Bureau, Survey of Business Owners, 2007). Results from the 2010 Survey of Doctorate Recipients underscore the gender gap in STEM entrepreneurship and patenting, with women STEM PhDs engaging in both activities at lower rates (5.4 percent versus 7 percent, and 15 percent versus 28 percent, respectively).

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ASTRA Celebrates Women in STEM at National Women’s History Museum Forum!

ASTRA Celebrated Women in STEM at The National Women’s History Museum’s Breaking In: Women & STEM, Then and Now discussion held at The George Washington University November 20th about the excellence of women in STEM fields and their destiny as integral members of the STEM community. ASTRA, as an advocate for increased innovation and nationwide capacity in STEM, believes our global competiveness is strengthened when its female members are empowered.

ASTRA’s Senior Advisor and Futurist Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein and ASTRA-NetGeneration of Youth Innovation Fellow Anabel Diaz-Guzman met with Eleanor Clift (Moderator; contributing editor for Newsweek and blogger for The Daily Beast), Mimi Lufkin (Panelist; CEO of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, NAPE), and Regina Morantz-Sanchez (Panelist; Professor of Women’s Social Medicine History, University of Michigan) to discuss the history and future of women in STEM.

The first Iranian in space discusses women in STEM and the power of business

Business took Ansari to the stars, and she believes it will be the key for more space innovation. “Private enterprise brings a lot of competition,” she said. "If you compare how much technology has changed over the past 50 years compared to how much space innovation there is, there’s a huge gap."

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