Code like a girl

As part of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) yearlong focus on diversity, experts from computer science, engineering, and education gathered to discuss why the underrepresentation of women and girls, as well as African-Americans and Latinos, is so common. The participants also identified the barriers that often stop more women and girls from entering STEM fields, and offered ways to overcome them so women have the same access to career paths as men.

Mentor girls for STEM

For many years, business leaders, politicians, and feminists have lamented the dearth of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). There is undoubtedly much more work to do in addressing the imbalance, but recent trends, as well as initiatives like this Thursday's Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, represent exciting progress in bringing more women into these high-demand fields.

Inspiring Women to Become Technology Designers

Companies need a diverse workforce to strengthen collaboration, problem solving, and innovation. The serious gender gap in technology poses an urgent problem: how do we inspire more women to pursue careers in Computer Science? I believe STEM exposure at all educational levels is key to raising the number of girls and women in Computer Science.

10 Things Women in STEM are Tired of Hearing

Being a woman in a STEM field can often lead to people saying some pretty annoying comments to you. Here’s a few things women in STEM are tired of hearing. So knock it off.

Out of High School Men Liked Math and Science More Than Women

No matter how you cut it, in 2009 female students didn't like math or science as much as male students in high school, even though a higher percentage of them earned credits in certain STEM courses. When asked to indicate how much they agreed or disagreed with statements such as, "I like mathematics/science," or "Mathematics/science is one of my favorite subjects," male high school graduates were more likely to agree than female graduates.

Northwestern/Duke STEM study shows women match men in Ph.D. resolve

“I think the most important finding here is that it indicates that women are leaning in when getting their STEM Ph.D.s after college,” Miller said. “The pipeline did leak more women in the past, but we find that’s no longer accurate.” Miller and Wai looked back at the rates of undergraduate men and women in STEM fields who earned Ph.D.s to identify trends over a 30-year period. They found that female undergraduates in the 1970s and 1980s were 30 to 40 percent less likely than men to pursue Ph.D.s.

Campaigns to Encourage Girls in STEM Fields Must Begin Early

Several theories exist about why women are underrepresented in math and science jobs. Parents and toy-makers discourage girls from studying the two subjects, as do teachers, according to Claire Cain Miller, writing for The New York Times. The lack of role-models for girls in those fields has girls growing up thinking they would not succeed in them.

‘100 Girls Of Code’ Opens Arkansas Chapter With Innovation Hub

“100 Girls of Code” officially is opening a local chapter in Arkansas. The initiative offers free workshops to females ages 12 to 18 to generate interest in computer science among girls. The 100 Girls of Code initiative began last year in Tennessee and has now spread to 10 other states. The program aims to have at least 100 girls participate each year.

Female engineers make inroads in automotive industry

In 2014, Mary Barra became CEO of General Motors, making her the first female CEO of a major automobile company. Barra is among a growing number of women — like Jennifer Vuong, news anchor and multimedia editor at Automotive News, and Nancy Gioia, director of global electrification at Ford — who are making imprints in the automotive industry.

Many women still hesitant to enter STEM fields

"We’re going the wrong direction," engineer Sheila Boyington said, discussing efforts to get more girls interested in entering STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. "Studies show about 23 percent were going for science and engineering in 2004, and in 2014, it’s down to 18 percent."

SmartLab Toys Aims to Empower Girls with Toys Focused on STEM

This year, SmartLab Toys is releasing three new toys focused on creating playful STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) experiences for girls ages 8-12. "It's not enough to make the packaging pink and call it a girls' toy," says Jim Becker, founder and creative director of SmartLab Toys. "At SmartLab, we focus on using girls' natural play patterns to create learning opportunities.

The Next Generation of Women in STEM

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.

Do Women Earn Less Than Men in STEM Fields?

Economists have many competing explanations for sex differences in salaries. Women’s decision to spend time in child care may be directly related to their salaries. Hundreds of studies have identified a “child salary penalty” for women in the labor market as a whole, at the same time identifying a marriage and child premium for men.

Girls Edging Out Boys in STEM Course-Taking, But Not Test Performance

The gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics may be starting to turn, according to new 2009 data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The data is coming at a time when states and districts are in a big push to get more students—and particularly girls—into STEM careers, via everything from mentorships and clubs to STEM-only schools.

Teachers Give Girls Better Grades on Math Tests When They Don’t Know They Are Girls

Victor Lavy of the University of Warwick in England and Edith Sand of Tel Aviv University recently published a paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research that suggests one reason girls do less well in math is because teachers expect less of them.


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