Why is STEM Still a Four-Letter Word for Women? Seven Leaders Weigh In

Are women really less naturally inept at technical work? Or are deeply entrenched, nefarious social forces at play? More importantly, what can women do to overcome gender biases and make progress in these fields -- which just so happen to drive an incredible amount of societal progress?

Girls to rebuild refrigerators into electric cars for race contest

Dubbed the Icebox Derby, the program is co-sponsored by Girls4Science, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, and the Chicago Urban League and is designed to educate and empower young women to explore opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Rewriting the Innovation Code for Latinas in Technology

In preparation for the upcoming Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit this October, at Google's campus in Silicon Valley, I have been on a quest to identify Latinas around the country who are innovating in technology and across STEM fields.

Study: Top labs run by men tend to hire fewer women

As we hear seemingly every day, there are far too few women in tech jobs at Silicon Valley giants.They're underrepresented in engineering fields like transportation, aerospace, and petroleum. And while it isn't news that a gender divide exists in scientific laboratories too, a recent study shows it may be even worse in labs run by the most elite male scientists.

Some Universities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science

The University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon, along with other interested parties like Google, have programs to train high school teachers to teach computer science and host camps and mentoring sessions for young students. The programs are not all gender-specific, but end up recruiting girls because they are less likely to pursue technology classes otherwise, said Lenore Blum, professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program Awards $2.5 Million to Nation's Future STEM Leaders

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation, today announced new scholarships totaling up to $2.5 million to 100 recipients pursuing careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, information technology and other fields related to the automotive industry.

What a young girl can learn from Utah women about STEM education and careers

Utah's Prosperity 2020 STEM Education Initiative is working to tap into the curiosity of young girls and boys to ready them for STEM careers, a place were women are underrepresented.

These Brands Want Girls to Care About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

The latest trend of empowerment marketing has inundated us with positive messages for women. But some brands aren't letting their message end with a campaign spot.

Tech industries need more female workers

With women representing only 24 percent of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce, we need to stop waiting for the next generation of girls to "happen upon" technology and discover what could be their greatest talent, passion and lucrative career.

Majority of STEM grads don’t work in STEM jobs

Three out of four (74 percent) of those who have a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering and math — commonly referred to as STEM — are not employed in STEM jobs, according to a new report Thursday from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Girls Inc. hopes summer camp gets teens interested in science, math careers

"The Smart Summer College Camp is aimed at awakening the potential in middle-school girls as they explore the life of a full-time college student and discover opportunities in STEAM fields,” Palmer said. “We encourage girls in this area because research demonstrates that women employed in STEAM careers earn an average of 33 percent more than those employed in other fields."

One Secret to Engaging More Girls in STEM

So, what does it look like when STEM subjects are taught in a way that appeals to girls? Males and females -- overall as a group -- often have a different learning style, and what appeals to and engages them in STEM can be different (Margolis & Fisher, 2001).

The cities with the most women in tech

According to our analysis, women make up 29% of the tech community. This matches up closely with other data sets. 2011 census data showed that 25% of computer workers were female and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this year that 26% of computer and mathematical occupations are held by women.

Chelsea Clinton, other prominent women headline discussion in Denver

Chelsea Clinton joined with women and girls from the Denver area on Monday to help bring national attention to a growing gap between men and women who work in science, technology, engineering and math.

Closing the Minority Gap in STEM Education

When I think back on my personal and professional experiences, it is no surprise that STEM education lacks diversity. My days as a Penn State Chemical Engineering student were spent in large classes. Physics 202 sections were comprised of between 300 and 400 hopeful students, almost all Caucasian males. Few females and few minorities were present.


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