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Do Female and Male Role Models Who Embody STEM Stereotypes Hinder Women s Anticipated Success in STEM?
Paper about the study, which tested the assumption that female role models improve women’s beliefs that they can be successful in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The results of the study indicated that when attempting to convey to women that they can be successful in STEM fields, role model gender may be less important than the extent to which role models embody current STEM stereotypes.
Posted on 23 Aug 2011
Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)
Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) is a national not-for-profit organization with over 600 members from engineering schools, small businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, and non-profit organizations. WEPAN works to transform culture in engineering education to attract, retain, and graduate women. With a clear focus on research based issues and solutions, WEPAN helps its members develop a highly prepared, diverse engineering workforce for tomorrow. WEPAN e-newsletter
Posted on 23 Aug 2011
The Girls, Math & Science Partnership s mission, Brain Cake – Smart Sweet
The Girls, Math & Science Partnership's mission is to engage, educate, and embrace girls as architects of change. Working with girls age 11 - 17 and their parents, teachers, and mentors, we draw organizations, stakeholders, and communities together in an effort to ensure that girls succeed in math and science.
Posted on 23 Aug 2011
Another Reason More Women Don t Work in Technology: Dating
Researchers at the University of Buffalo have published a study finding that when women are "pursuing romantic goals" they tend to shy away from academic work in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In two experiments, subjects were exposed to images and conversations that primed them to think about dating, and then completed questionnaires regarding their interest in pursuing STEM versus other majors. Women who thought about dating and not intelligence or friendship reported less interest in STEM fields. A third component of the study asked women to keep track of their feelings of romance and their interest in math, and found that the two were at odds. Read more
Posted on 23 Aug 2011
National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) – Advancing the Agenda in Gender Equity for STEM
Numerous programs and initiatives to create gender equity in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have been implemented only to lose effectiveness or fade away. Had these programs had the benefit of collaboration with other girl-serving projects, organizations and institutions, and tools to assess and evaluate the impact of their efforts, their capacity for continuation and/or broader impact could have been substantially increased. NGCP Newsletters
Posted on 17 Aug 2011
FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. FIRST Newsletters
Posted on 17 Aug 2011
Let s give women a technological edge
Fifty-six percent of women working in technology vanish from their field in mid-career. For every woman entering a tech field such as engineering or software development after college graduation, there is a higher chance she will leave the profession than she will finish her career. It's really no wonder, then, that men hold nearly four out of five technology jobs.
Posted on 16 Aug 2011
The future of IT will be reduced to three kinds of jobs
The IT profession and the IT job market are in the midst of seismic changes that are going to shift the focus to three types of jobs.
Posted on 16 Aug 2011
The founding dreams of teens
Teens in Tech put together an entrepreneurial incubator, an 8-week summer program that helped six teams of young entrepreneurs launch six products over the course of a summer. Teams came with ideas, got paired up with mentors and resources, and were guided through the process of bringing their ideas to life. At the end of the 8 weeks, the teams presented their startups to a group of venture capitalists, tech influencers, media members and others. Instead of getting their driver's licenses and hooking up with their prom dates, these kids are getting a lesson in how to build a business.
Posted on 16 Aug 2011
Scientists pick career over kids
Long hours and academic pressures keep scientists at the U.S. top research universities from having as many children as they would like. The study published in the journal PLoS One shows that twice as many women (45.4 percent) as men (24.5 percent) report they have had fewer children than they wanted as a result of having a career in science.
Posted on 16 Aug 2011

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