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Los Angeles District OKs New All-Girls Science, Tech School

The nation's second-largest school district on Tuesday approved the creation of an all-girls school focused on science, technology, engineering and math in an attempt to narrow the gap between boys and girls in those subjects. District officials said the school is modeled after the Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem and joins a handful of other single-gender public schools nationwide focused on what are known as STEM courses.

IU to lead first-ever investigation into subtle cues' influence on women's success in STEM

$2.2 million study to explore how signals in the physical environment shape persistence and performance - The National Science Foundation wants to identify obstacles that keep women from entering and remaining in STEM careers, and Indiana University's Mary C. Murphy is working to reveal a previously hidden factor that may be preventing advancement in these fields.

Why Are These 3 STEM Fields Dominated By Women?

Three STEM fields that are disproportionately female can teach other industries about how to boost the ranks to include more women. In the workforce, where women make up 47% of employees, they only represent a quarter of the jobs in mathematical sciences and 13% of engineers. There are a few bright spots. Statistics, botany, and healthcare are three areas where women dominate. We asked leaders in these fields to tell us why women lead the pack, and what they can teach others about achieving a better balance.

Gender balance in small groups makes a big difference for women in STEM

A new study published in PNAS reports that female engineering students who are exposed to a higher percentage of female peers in small group interactions have increased levels of motivation, greater verbal participation, and feel more confident in their engineering career aspirations. This finding could have far-reaching implications for the gender imbalance that currently exists in engineering and related fields.

Girls May Cause 'Major Trouble' at World Robotics Event, But Lag in STEM Fields

The team from Grand Blanc East Middle School is headed to Louisville, KY, for the VEX Robotics World Championship competition Wednesday-Saturday, April 15-18. And they’re crushing stereotypes along with the string of competitions that got them to the championships.

Budding Scientific Entrepreneur Offers STEM Advice To Girls

Some say girls are deterred by an "implicit bias" that leads us to see science and math as "male" fields. Others point to research showing gender discrimination against women who apply for STEM jobs. Sara Sakowitz, a 19-year-old freshman biomedical engineering major at Columbia University and a budding entrepreneur, has her own strong views on the matter.

Entrepreneurial spirit must be inclusive one

Tech companies often blame the lack of diversity on the shortage of minorities with technical degrees. However, research shows that black and Hispanic students graduate with degrees in computer science and engineering at twice the rate that they are hired, suggesting that tech companies themselves are not committed to diversity. It is clear that addressing the gap in STEM education is not enough, as the problem extends into the workplace as well.

Women are catching up to tech bros in one corner of Silicon Valley

Education technology is a rapidly growing field, with funding hitting close to $2 billion last year, and a growing ecosystem of tech incubators. But unlike in much of the male-dominated startup world, women have considerable representation in three major US ed tech incubators—Imagine K12, LearnLaunch, and the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator.

Boosting women in STEM, one girl at a time

Sen. Patty Murray said programs like the Fred Hutch internship (which is open to both young men and women from TAF Academy) that allow students to solve real research problems are especially important to spur women’s interest in science and medicine. “It’s the same in politics,” Murray said. “Women will go into politics because they want to solve the problem. One of the things you’re doing with this program is it’s not just how to use a pipette, but why do you want to use it, and what are you going to do with it?”

Number of Women in STEM Jobs Declines

Even if more young women are studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the number of women actually in STEM jobs is on the decline, a new report by the American Association of University of Women finds. Only 12 out of 100 computer scientists are women, the report reveals. The AAUW report titled “Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing” explains that the number of women in computing has taken a nosedive from 35 percent in 1990 to only 26 percent today.

Attracting Latina Students To STEM Careers, One Role Model At A Time

What will be the tipping point for Latinas in STEM? It starts with family. I was lucky that my family was so supportive. Not all parents are. It’s critical to reach parents of young Latinas and address the pervasive cultural resistance to allowing daughters to move away from home and go to college. The message has to underscore the opportunity parents have to help their daughters grow up to become self-sustaining women.

Women In Technology: The Rise Of The Female CDO

The Chief Digital Officer is one role where women are outpacing men by two to one, according to a FierceCIO article citing research by Gartner , which also notes that the number of CDOs who are women has been growing dramatically every year. There are certainly some prominent examples, including Rachel Haot, CDO for New York State (and previously the City of New York), who was chosen Chief Digital Officer of the Year in 2014 by the CDO Club.

How My DIY Computer Got Confused for a Cookie Box Because I'm a Girl

It was the questions I kept receiving which made me really start reflecting on what had made me feel like I could "do" science in the first place. Was it a complete obliviousness to social cues? Was it a conscientious disregarding of the statistics I had heard repeatedly about gender in STEM? I suppose it was a little of both, but the biggest thing for me was being surrounded by women who I could look up to as role models.

Girls Are Better Off Choosing Science At School

The stereotype of scientific careers as largely the preserve of men has proved stubbornly hard to shift, but efforts to promote female participation have been boosted by a study showing that girls are better off choosing science at school. The under-representation of women in scientific careers is a chronic problem. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 26% of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) workforce were women in 2011.

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.

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