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10 Career Resources for Women in STEM

While women's presence in these industries has increased steadily over the years, there's still a significant gender gap — and if female STEM workers want to get ahead, it's in their best interest to support and connect with other women who share their professional interests and goals. If you're a woman who works (or wants to work) in STEM, here are 10 great career resources to help you build your skills, network with other STEM professionals and find new career-related opportunities.

Women Are Primed To Lead In This New Era Of Car Innovation

Women's participation in business and MBA programs has grown more than five-fold since the 1970s, and the increase in the number of engineering degrees granted to women has grown almost tenfold. So, is it any wonder that women engineers are leading the way in some of the technological advances in the car industry, which will dramatically change the automotive industry more in the next decade than it has in the past 50 years?!

Overcoming Gender Inequality in the Tech Sector

Yesterday, in partnership with Symantec, we brought together a number of smart women and men for a roundtable discussion on gender inequality in tech. In attendance were Code 2040 and Girls Who Code, two non-profits that are trying to address one root of the problem — girls leaving STEM education as early as middle school. We also had representatives of companies including Facebook, Edelman and of course Symantec. These organizations and others are actively looking to improve their diversity record and foster a culture of diversity.

What’s Wrong with STEM? Here’s a Handy-Dandy List

It is no surprise to hear that America has an education problem. It’s something we all know in the back of our minds. We have all been there, done that. What about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, specifically? Where are we falling behind in STEM education? Well, here is a hand-dandy list of the main problems in STEM education.

Seven strategies for keeping women in STEM fields

Women who enter science and engineering fields often leave prematurely – and if they stay, many don’t advance as quickly as their male counterparts. Now an academic panel has developed a seven-point plan for achieving gender equity in so-called STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. The 28-member Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering Working Group hopes to “ensure that women not just enter science, but remain, compete, and truly excel in scientific careers.”

Want to Get More Girls Into STEM? Give Them Real-World Work

In an effort to encourage girls’ interest in STEM, a high school in Massachusetts is giving students a chance to apply their skills at the school’s help desk. Students can join, regardless of their tech savviness, and learn on the job. The program’s combination of strong, fun, female role models and hands-on learning has helped boost girls’ confidence and excitement about tech.

Outnumbered, not outpaced: Female teacher breaks STEM stereotypes

Lauren Fern has taught math at the University of Montana for 13 years. In the math department, female professors are outnumbered, but Fern said it’s never bothered her. She said the department has been supportive of women during her time at UM, which hasn’t always been her experience.

5 Women in STEM You May Not Know

Celebrating International Women’s Day was a great way to kick off Women’s History month, which celebrates women’s achievement and calls for greater equality. The 2015 theme was “Make it Happen”.  So, we figured this is a perfect time to throw in a STEM twist and spotlight five lesser-known female stars who made it happen in STEM!

Can Women’s Colleges Create the Tech Role Models We Need?

Boston, with its booming tech scene and surrounding collection of women’s colleges, seems to have all the tools necessary to inject a steady stream of female computer scientists into the workforce. It’s a stream that has been reduced to a trickle around the country. The National Center for Women & Information Technology reported that although 57 percent of undergraduate degrees in 2012 went to women, only 18 percent of computer and information sciences graduates were women.

Inspiring female amibition in STEM through MakerGirl

MakerGirl is a project created by University of Illinois students, whose mission is to inspire young girls to have a career within the STEM fields by educating them about the careers through activities and group based discussions and lectures. The project has only had one session, but plans to have three more sessions within the next few months.

How low self-esteem is killing girls’ academic success around the world

Data shows girls around the world lag behind boys in math and science, but confidence is a key factor. “The strong relationship among self-beliefs, gender and performance in mathematics and science hints that countries may be unable to develop a sufficient number of individuals with strong mathematics and science skills partly because of girls’ lack of confidence in their abilities,” the study's authors found.

NASA Launches 2015 Space Apps Challenge to Spark Innovation

During this three-day code-a-thon, participants are asked to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth. “These challenges provide opportunities for US and global citizen scientists, engineers, and students to interact and contribute  to space exploration through code development, data analytics innovation,  open source software and hardware,” said Deborah Diaz, agency chief technology officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

7 Organizations Working to Promote Women in STEM

Organizations promoting women in STEM focus on different aspects of the development of women as scientists. Some aim to foster interest in science among young girls, others to make work climate more friendly to women, and still others to build strong networks on which women can rely.

On International Women’s Day, Thoughts On Gender And STEM

As we commemorate International Woman’s Day 2015, we decided to explore why the number of  women entering technology fields does not reflect the global population. We asked four members of the Internet Society Hall of Fame for their insights on how to attract more girls and women to careers in technology.

Celebrate Women's History Month with the Big Dream!

The Big Dream Movement connects organizations, academia, and resources to girls around the world to help them pursue futures in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The movement is anchored by Big Dream, a documentary film that follows the stories of seven young women who are breaking barriers and overcoming personal challenges to follow their passions in STEM fields, especially in technology.

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