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18 Female Founders In Tech To Watch
Women in Tech series hand-picked 18 female tech founders to watch women who are behind tech startups that are upending industries, changing the way we browse the web, revolutionizing medicine, and much, much more. From fashion to city government, these leaders have noticed opportunities in the market and created companies around them.
Posted on 16 Aug 2011
Alice is free educational software targeted towards middle school to college-aged girls. It is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience.
Posted on 12 Aug 2011
Ambient Belonging: How Stereotypical Cues Impact Gender Participation in Computer Science
Paper about four studies which demonstrate that the gender difference in interest in computer science is influenced by exposure to environments associated with computer scientists. The results showed that by simply changing the objects in a computer science classroom from those considered stereotypical of computer science to objects not considered stereotypical of computer science was sufficient to boost female undergraduates’ interest in computer science to the level of their male peers. Furthermore, the stereotypical broadcast a masculine stereotype discouraged women’s sense of ambient belonging and subsequent interest in the environment but had no similar effect on men. This masculine stereotype prevented women’s interest from developing even in environments entirely populated by other women.
Posted on 12 Aug 2011
ECREA s Women s Network
The main objective of European Communication Research and Education Association's (ECREA) Women's Network is to assess and develop the interdisciplinary and multicultural field of female scholarship in the context of European Communication and Media Studies. Furthermore, the Women's Network aims to research the current situation of women in higher education and academic research in Europe, identifying differences, strengths, weaknesses and areas of good practice.
Posted on 12 Aug 2011
National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a coalition that works to increase diversity in IT and computing. NCWIT believes that greater diversity will create a larger and more competitive workforce, and will foster the design of technology that is as broad and innovative as the population it serves. NCWIT focuses on improving diversity across the entire spectrum: K-12 through college education, and on to academic, corporate and entrepreneurial careers.
Posted on 12 Aug 2011
Gender gap in science and technology jobs persists
The deficit of women in science and technology endures, even though they tend to earn far more than their counterparts in other fields, according to the Commerce Department. The fact that female scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technology honchos have been sorely lacking for the past decade is no surprise. Researchers from the Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration point to pervasive gender stereotyping, the absence of role models and the rarity of positions with flexibility for families as potential causes.
Posted on 09 Aug 2011
Decoded: the truth about computer science
The Stereotypes, Identity and Belonging Lab (SIBL) at the University of Washington has a blog, dedicated to their work in computer science stereotypes. They use it as a forum for disseminating their research on women and computer science and discussing current issues related to the field of computer science including: women's involvement and how computer science is changing the way we live.
Posted on 27 Jul 2011
International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology
International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology (GST) focuses on gender issues in and of science and technology, including engineering, construction and the built environment, and aims to explore the intersections of policy, practice and research. The Summer 2011 edition of GST Vol 3, No 2 (2011), which includes a Special Issue on Women in ICT is now published online.
Posted on 26 Jul 2011
Girls-only computer class hits refresh on IT s geeky-male image
Link to the article by Kate Hammer, published in The Globe and Mail on 4th January, 2011 – It’s a real story how the single-sex computer class created an atmosphere where the girls could reject the stereotype that computers are for boys. It also provided a model for alerting industry’s geeky-male image.
Posted on 25 Jul 2011
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.
Posted on 21 Jul 2011

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