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What keeps girls from studying physics and STEM

Physics is among the least diverse of the sciences, with only 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees going to women and fewer than 10 percent to underrepresented minorities. The field needs to catch up to biology and chemistry, which have almost closed the gender gap at the undergraduate level.

The MOOC Gender Gap

To hear some ed tech enthusiasts tell it, online learning is sweeping aside the barriers that have in the past prevented access to education. But such pronouncements are premature. As it turns out, students often carry these barriers right along with them, from the real world into the virtual one.

Women tech leaders call for changes in STEM education, perceptions

The only answer to this pressing challenge, according to a group of women technology leaders from government and industry, is to adjust the education system so that children — especially girls — are taught at a younger age that STEM subjects are both cool and important to society.

The Lack of Women in STEM Is a National Security Issue

Part of the key to overcoming that disparity, the NGA's Ellen McCarthy said, is continually showing young girls the options available to them in different fields, and engaging them in occupations that might be more meaningful.

As Education Costs Rise, Miss America Scholarship Program Leads Way

Along with the 53 contestants vying for the crown, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, who herself received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in brain, behavior and cognitive science, visited the city to help promote Miss America’s education and empowerment mission and share their own exceptional journeys.

Meet new U.S. technology czar Megan Smith

Smith was most recently the vice president of the Google[X] "moonshot lab," and before that, she spent nine years as the company's vice president for new business development. At Google, Smith also spearheaded efforts to bring more women into the technology sector, and some industry watchers are already hailing her appointment as a victory for women in a sector that can often be male-dominated.

What Women in Engineering Are Saying in the South

What does a discussion among women engineers sound like in U.S. Southeast? The South is not a region identified as a hub of STEM careers for women, but the massive influx of international manufacturers and their vendors has rapidly changed the landscape.

How to Get Girls Into Engineering? Let Them Build Toys

Two Women Launch a Startup Aimed at Giving Girls New Options (and Maybe New Futures). In May 2012 they launched a campaign on Kickstarter to fund the development of their toys, which they dubbed Roominate. The idea: Girls get a set of pastel-colored pieces that they can assemble into a building or any other type of structure. Once the building is built, they can decorate it with the included paper and other embellishments and use the motor to add electrical appliances, fans or anything else that uses power.

Where are the women inventors? Right in front of us

Jobs. Zuckerberg. Williams, Glass, Dorsey and Stone -- or should that be @evan, @noah, @jack and @biz? Einstein. Tesla. Logie Baird. These are the names that will live in holographic halls of fame as icons of innovative thought for eons. There is one small, but not insignificant issue, in this Hall of Wonders. Where are the women?

Engineers toy with science in building doll company

If a University of Illinois engineering student and a recent graduate are successful, girls soon will be accessorizing their dolls with science safety goggles and lab coats instead of hair bows and purses.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Women to Blaze Trails & Embrace STEM Careers

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the day in 1920 when women were granted the right to vote. Nearly 100 years later, we as women have come a long way and pushed many frontiers. But while women have broken through to the cosmos, on Earth we are still being left in the dust, specifically in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields -- better known as STEM.

Encourage Women's Involvement in Tech at an Early Age

The data seems to suggest that while the problem manifests itself in the workplace at startups and large organizations, it begins much earlier on. According to a study by the Girl Scouts of America, only 13 percent of girls say a STEM-related career would interest them. This lack of interest only seems to intensify as time goes on.

Stanford Professor Is First Woman Awarded Fields Medal

Known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics," the Fields Medal was presented to Iranian-born Maryam Mirzakhani today at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul. Mirzakhani, cited for her work on geometry and dynamical systems, was among four recipients this year. "This is a great honor. I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians," Mirzakhani said. "I am sure there will be many more women winning this kind of award in coming years."

40 Percent Of Female Engineers Are Leaving The Field. This Might Be Why.

While all of the efforts channeled towards getting girls to study science, technology, engineering and math have certainly increased graduation rates in these programs, they haven't seemed to counter one particular setback for women in engineering: Once they make it into the field, they often leave.

Women in tech: Leadership is the answer

If we really are in a war for talent, then leaving women out of the equation is a great recipe for annihilation. Leaders in the tech sector objectively know this. As do leaders in manufacturing, construction, transportation, and just about any other business sector you can think of.

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