How Can We Make Computer Science a More Women-Friendly Discipline?

A lot of attention has been given to increasing the number of women in computer science, but despite numerous efforts the presence of female students in computer science programs is still far below the 50 percent equilibrium.

The Common Core Helps Close Achievement Gaps, Open Doors to STEM Jobs, New Fact Sheet from CAP and AAUW Illustrates

CAP and AAUW’s fact sheet notes that by establishing high-quality, uniform, and rigorous standards, the Common Core helps ensure that all students are taught to the same high expectations. The fact sheet looks at how the Common Core State Standards can impact and benefit girls and women starting from K-12, through higher education, and after college and beyond.

Is 'Leaning In' The Only Formula For Women's Success In Science?

Don't wait to be invited or encouraged to make a career in science, engineering or technology, Frances Arnold advises the young women she teaches at the California Institute of Technology. If you're a scientist, she says, you should know how to solve a problem. "Bemoaning your fate is not going to solve the problem," she says. "One has to move forward."

The Female Pioneers Who Changed STEM Forever

Twenty-year-old Rosalyn Sussman cut a steely, solitary figure in September 1941 as she started her doctorate in nuclear physics at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. “I was the first woman to have a graduate assistantship in physics there since 1917,” she recounted to biographer Eugene Straus.

Women in tech: It's not just a pipeline problem

More than half of women (about 53%) who started out in the tech-intensive industry working in a business role immediately following completion of their MBA left to take a position in another industry, compared to 31 percent of men, according to the report prepared by Catalyst, a nonprofit group that promotes the advancement of women in the workplace "They are not leaving the workforce," said Anna Beninger, the director of research at Catalyst. "They are taking their talents elsewhere."

How Educators are Involving More Women in STEM

The number one reason girls and young women drop out of STEM education is a lack of role models and mentors. Teaching the history of women’s contributions to science and technology, from Marie Curie, to Sally Ride is an effective way to show girls that anything is possible. Showing how these women overcame gender discrimination, unequal pay, and lack of recognition to make groundbreaking discoveries can inspire girls to make their own contributions.

Sexism in STEM Starts Early—So We Must Combat It Early Too

Clearly, women interested in pursuing STEM careers face numerous obstacles on a systemic level. However, they must also confront biases in individual relationships too. Although boys and girls show equal interest in STEM subjects until about the sixth to eighth grade, those numbers begin to tilt with age in favor of boys.

Building the Next Generation of Female IT Professionals

One approach that's working according to Angie Schiavoni co-founder and executive director of CodeEd, a non-profit program that teaches computer science to girls from underserved communities, is starting in middle school. "The idea is that we partner with schools, businesses and with other social programs serving low-income girls to provide teachers - who are volunteers - computer science courses, and computers," says Schiavoni.

Empowerment Through Play: Getting Girls Into STEM

We can start enticing young girls to explore their interests in these fields and empowering them when they are younger – possibly through play. By associating STEM with a more playful attitude, it could spark interest and inspiration into the world of STEM.

Women fall back in tech; reasons not entirely clear

No one knows for certain why the drop in women in tech has been so steep, though there are theories. "I think that is the big question that the entire technology industry is trying to figure out and trying to solve," said Susan Harker, vice president of global talent acquisition at Amazon.com.

Support From Future Employers Vital For Women Studying STEM

“In order to get more women in the pipeline and potentially in these organizations, to be creating the future innovations that are going to fuel our growth as a country, you’ve got to have more women graduating with those degrees. So you’re telling employers, here’s a way you can have a direct impact on the future workforce by supporting scholarships for women.”

Why I didn’t pursue a STEM education, but I hope you do

Today, I want to tell you what I wish someone had told me 20 years ago: Forget what you want to study.  Yes, that’s right, forget about the school part for a minute. Instead ask yourself: what kinds of problems do you want to solve?

8 inspiring girls making an impact on STEM and education

US teen Alyssa Carson is determined to be on NASA’s first mission to bring humans to Mars, currently planned for 2033. By that time, 13-year-old Carson will be in her early thirties, with almost three decades of preparation under her belt.

US needs more women in STEM field to stay innovative

To keep up with the new competition, we have to adapt. This ultimately means improving the education system to fully utilize our human resources. It also means including everyone in the innovation process. The STEM degree field (Science Technology Engineering and Math) in particular has a serious diversity problem; we need more women in the field.

Number of Women Rises 5% at Microsoft

The number of women who make up Microsoft's global workforce jumped 5 percent over the last year, although the percentage of female workers at the company still remains only 29 percent. The figures come from Microsoft's latest figures on corporate diversity, which it released alongside the launch of a new "Global Diversity and Inclusion" Web site.


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