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Women in Science - a historical perspective
David Neadle, a retired member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, spent his 175 minutes for chemistry researching the inspirational achievements of a number of historical women in science. In this article, David highlights the ongoing struggle for recognition and representation faced by female scientists.
Posted on 07 Jun 2016
The Women Behind the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
In 1939, the National Academy of Sciences awarded a grant to the Suicide Squad, a group of three students experimenting with rockets at Caltech, now more formally known as the GALCIT (Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology) Rocket Research Project. Until then, the group, comprised of Frank Malina, Jack Parsons, and Ed Forman, had no way to fund the rockets they were working on, and was on the verge of disbanding. That first award, $1,000, rescued the group, bringing them back together. When they were awarded a second grant the next year for ten times as much, it was life-changing. It was the U.S. government's first investment in rocket research. In deference to the Army Air Corps, which had proposed the funding, they changed their name to the Air Corps Jet Propulsion Research Project. Their goal was clear: Develop a rocket plane. The risky project was the beginning of what would become the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Posted on 07 Jun 2016
Watch Full Episodes Online of Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers on PBS
You can now watch Full Episodes of Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers Online from Board of Director Member Mayim Bialik.
Posted on 07 Jun 2016
Where More Women Are on Boards, Executive Pay Is Higher
Appointing more women to corporate boards has long been viewed as a good thing for a company's performance and for society as a whole. But gender diversity among directors carries another benefit, 2015 proxy filings show: a bigger paycheck for the company's chief executive. An analysis of C.E.O. pay at 100 large companies last year by Equilar, a compensation research firm in Redwood City, Calif., found that companies with greater gender diversity on their boards paid their chief executives about 15 percent more than the compensation dispensed by companies with less diverse boards. In dollars, this translated to approximately $2 million more in median pay last year among these companies.
Posted on 01 Jun 2016
Google Her: Meet the Search Giant's Director of Diversity
In 2014, Google was one of the first tech companies to publicly release its diversity numbers. But when it did, the public found out that inside the Google Complex it really wasn't that diverse at all. Nearly everyone who worked there was a White male, with the company's racial diversity including only 3% Hispanic and 2% Black employees among its ranks. And in tech roles, the numbers were even worse; only 2% Hispanic and 1% Black. For 2015, the numbers in these racially ethnic categories had not changed at all. Since then, the tech giant has been putting a lot of initiatives in place to foster diversity and inclusion both internally and externally. In 2015, the tech giant invested $150 million towards those initiatives, which includes training hiring and recruitment. One such initiative is embedding Google Engineers at Howard, Hampton, Fisk, Spelman and Morehouse schools to teach computer science and also coach students on applying and interviewing for jobs. More recently, Google partnered its Made with Code program with Black Girls Rock! to create the Girls Rock! Tech Summit, where 100 teen girls participated in coding workshops and learned about STEAM careers. One student was also selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship from Google at the Black Girls Rock! event, with an additional $20,000 commitment toward her Computer Science Education. reached out to Google's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Yolanda Mangolini, to learn more about what the company is doing to improve its diversity numbers.
Posted on 01 Jun 2016
Girls in Tech empowers women around the globe
By now, you've probably heard a few of the disappointing numbers related to women and technology. Facts like 60% of females in Silicon Valley have been sexually harassed, or that women hold shockingly few board seats compared to their male counterparts, or women make up less than 20% of early stage investments. These statistics affect more than just females. The lack of women and minorities in technology, in corporate leadership roles, in board seats, and in founding positions at startups creates a lag in mentors and role models, in innovation, and in product development. It even impacts the bottom line. Girls in Tech provide women with the intellectual ammunition they need to break down brick walls with startup boot camps and practical workshops. And we believe in mentoring future generations to change the landscape for women for decades to come. What started as a nonprofit to empower and enable women to succeed in business and entrepreneurship has transformed into a global movement.
Posted on 25 May 2016
Creating On-Ramps to Academe
Colleges and universities looking to diversify STEM faculty should consider talented women in industry, government or private research, write Coleen Carrigan and Eve Riskin. One common strategy for increasing diversity in STEM departments is to hire talented women away from other universities. But this zero-sum approach fails to increase the number of female STEM professors nationwide. It also ignores another universe of potentially stellar female faculty: women who left academe after getting their doctorates to pursue science or engineering careers in industry, government or private research.
Posted on 25 May 2016
Meet Elle's 2016 Women in Tech
Who's making waves in the world's most influential industry? Meet the powerhouses changing the way you communicate, date, get around, and even do laundry.
Posted on 18 May 2016
An inside look at what it's like to be a female STEM major
For female students pursuing STEM degrees, the gender barrier may not always be explicit, but it's pervasive. Through increasing the visibility of mentors and encouraging girls to try STEM activities early on, many feel the gender barrier can be dismantled. USA TODAY College reached out to five women pursing STEM degrees at institutions across the country to hear their experiences of being a woman in a male-dominated major.
Posted on 18 May 2016
Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017
The Council of Europe Transversal Programme on Gender Equality aims to increase the impact and visibility of gender equality standards, supporting their implementation in member states through a variety of measures, including gender mainstreaming and action in a number of priority areas. The Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy (2014-2017), a balanced, flexible and focused document, which builds upon the strengths, specificities and the added value of the Council of Europe, will guide the activities of the organisation and the Transversal Programme in the area of gender equality for the next four years. The overall goal of the strategy is to achieve the advancement and empowering of women and the effective realisation of gender equality in the Council of Europe member states through activities around five strategic objectives: combating gender stereotypes and sexism; preventing and combating Violence against Women; guaranteeing equal access of women to justice; achieving balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision-making; achieving gender mainstreaming in all policies and measures.
Posted on 10 May 2016

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