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Why Women Are Ditching Stem Careers - And How To Change It
Since 1990, the number of women entering careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or commonly known as STEM, has basically remained stagnant. Today, women make up half of the workforce, attain more college degrees than men, and earn at least half of their family's income. Technology-related careers are one of the fastest-growing and highest-paying paths and women in STEM jobs earn 33% more than those in non-STEM jobs and enjoy a smaller income gap relative to men, yet companies still can't quite figure out how to attract and retain more talented women in STEM. The report says that at this point in their lives, women in STEM careers begin letting go of their aspirations of becoming part of the leadership team, because they don't want to sacrifice everything else in their lives to get there.
Posted on 05 Feb 2015
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Scale the intersection of women, entrepreneurship and technology through thought-provoking, inspirational and education webinars. With these web-based seminars, we will expose the diversity among employees, entrepreneurs and investors in technology by bringing them together and creating a forum for them to share knowledge, interact and be inspired.
Posted on 06 Jan 2015
The Journal of International Innovation: A Partnership for Women in STEM
Interesting interview with Janet Bandows Koster who leads AWIS, an organisation that champions the interests of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors. Working for positive system transformation, the Association strives to ensure that all women in these fields can achieve their full potential.
Posted on 26 Dec 2014
Careers of the future
Using the most up-to-date occupational research, this guide has been produced to showcase 40 top jobs in 10 key occupations that our analysis of the UK job market suggests will be crucial over the next decade. The aim is to inspire young people about the wide range of jobs that are out there, inspiration which they can use when mapping a career pathway.
Posted on 26 Dec 2014
Facebook’s First Female Engineer Speaks Out on Tech's Gender Gap
Interview with Ruchi Sanghvi the first female engineer at Facebook, Sanghvi who helped develop two of the company’s more important creations: the iconic Newsfeed and the Facebook Platform, which lets outside coders build applications that plug into the world's most popular social network. Then, at Dropbox, she dreamed up a similar developer platform for the big-name file-sharing service-dubbed DBX-overseeing the company's metamorphosis from a simple collaboration tool into a something that could potentially connect all the tidbits of your digital life.
Posted on 19 Dec 2014
How to get more female computer science grads
Among 40 engineers at Ifbyphone, a call automation and analytics provider in Chicago, just three are women, with only one specializing in software development.It's a familiar predicament for many Chicago tech firms and one that educators are straining to alleviate. If more women were intrigued, they could help plug the gap between the 400,000 computer science diplomas expected this decade and the 1.2 million the government says the economy needs. But even as apps burrow into the last reaches of everyday life, women aren't responding: In 2012 they earned 18 percent of computer science degrees, half their share in 1985.
Posted on 19 Dec 2014
Computer Engineer Barbie: Not Just Anatomically Incorrect
In 2010, Mattel asked what Barbie’s next job should be: Architect? Environmentalist? News anchor? Surgeon? How about a computer engineer? More than 600,000 women and girls voted for the career of their choice on, Facebook or Twitter. Girls voted overwhelmingly for news anchor, but women voted for computer engineer.
Posted on 09 Dec 2014
How to Succeed in Science, According to Some of the World's Brightest Female Scientists
Somewhere out there, a little girl is in total awe of the beauty and power of science. She loves her GoldieBlox, is testing out Girls Who Code and along the way internalized the message that girls belong in science. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance she won’t make her passion into a career. Although a better job has been done to encourage girls to take up the road to a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career, we’ve failed to fix the potholes that derail them once they are there. Women are still leaving the STEM fields in droves, despite being equally intellectually capable. A recent study on the status of women in science highlights this phenomenon; despite an influx of women in science careers, many leave within 10 years. The study shows they still love science, but they leave because of the masculine culture, feelings of isolation and a lack of support.
Posted on 09 Dec 2014
Diversifying gender in Engineering faculty
Davidson, a Weiss professor in the Computer and Information Science department of the Engineering School, laments that being a minority - a female faculty member among mostly males - has added obstacles to her academic career. “If you’re aggressive as a women you’re seen as nasty, [and] it is hard to be in control of a class and not be perceived as being aggressive,” Davidson said. She is one of the few women on the Engineering School’s faculty, which is around 13.5 percent female overall.
Posted on 03 Dec 2014
How Women Entrepreneurs Can Accelerate to Break Out Growth
Only 3-5% of startups are led by women. Even though the number of women-led startups is tiny, they tend to be highly successful when they have access to resources. Kaufman report described in Bloomberg BusinessWeek found that ''…women - led high tech start-ups are ''…more capital - efficient, achieve 35% higher return on investment, and - when venture-backed - generate 12% higher revenue than male-owned tech companies…''
Posted on 03 Dec 2014

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