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Forbes Called This Startup Queen 'The Next Steve Jobs' and Her Receipts Will Blow You Away
The Greater Washington, D.C. region has sprouted a bustling community of startups that have helped make our nation's capital become ''home of the ed-tech revolution.'' Within this emerging center of successful ed-tech startups is The Wealth Factory Inc. founded by Angel Rich, a woman who Forbes has slated to be the next Steve Jobs. Angel's company designs financial literacy and workforce development education technology games, with her app Credit Stacker receiving 200,000 downloads within just two weeks of its launch. Supported by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 28 cities, the National Baptist Convention, the HBCU network and other government agencies, The Wealth Factory's mission is to reduce global poverty and create generational wealth through their games.
Posted on 27 Sep 2017
The Comprehensive Case for Investing More VC Money in Women-Led Startups
Only 8% of venture capital (VC) firms in the U.S. have female partners, and that lopsided gender composition may be hurting venture capital performance portfolios. The evidence suggests that having no female partners makes VC firms less likely to invest in female-founded or female-led firms. But what much of the VC world might not realize, is that female-led firms may have a higher rate of return on average than male-led firms. First Round Capital, for example, touts its success at funding more women entrepreneurs than the national average. According to First Round Capital's review of their own holdings, female founders' companies out-performed their male peers' by 63% in terms of creating value for investors. A study conducted by the Small Business Association determined that venture firms that invested in women-led businesses had more positive performances than firms that did not.
Posted on 27 Sep 2017
$200 million a year for computer science
The White House announced a $200 million per year commitment to computer science education in America's schools. Unlike similar proposals in previous years, today's action delivers funding to schools, immediately. Besides expanding access to computer science in schools that previously didn't teach it, the funds promise to increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities. This funding will jumpstart efforts to ensure every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science as part of a well-rounded education. For advocates of increased access and diversity in CS, this is the culmination of years of momentum that began in classrooms, spread to entire school districts, and won the support of business leaders and elected officials globally.
Posted on 27 Sep 2017
3 Ways to Get More Young Women Interested in STEM
As careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) continue to expand, experts are still concerned about the gender gap that exists in these fields. While the National Science Foundation finds that boys' and girls' performance in some STEM topics is pretty even during K-12 education, disparities begin in college and deepen at the career level. Similar to how schools are mitigating skill gaps by teaching future-ready skills at the youngest level, they can do the same by empowering young women with STEM skills.
Posted on 27 Sep 2017
An 8-year-old just published her first paper in an academic journal about her love of bugs
Sophia Spencer has done more at the age of eight than most of us will do in a lifetime. Spencer, who lives in Canada, was one of two authors of a paper published earlier this month in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. She and Morgan Jackson, an entomologist who works at the University of Guelph Insect Collection in Ontario, wrote about the importance of social media for making science more accessible to the public.
Posted on 27 Sep 2017
100 Best Workplaces For Women
In recent years, U.S. companies have made big strides in creating office cultures that cater to the female half of their workforce. Flexibility, paid leave, and no harassment are just the beginning, though. For our annual list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women, Fortune partner Great Place to Work surveyed thousands of women at companies across the country and crunched the numbers to create this list of workplaces that go above and beyond for their female employees. For more about this ranking and how it was compiled.
Posted on 27 Sep 2017
14 things you didn't know were invented by women
Throughout history, countless women have made invaluable contributions to the world, despite facing gender-based discrimination. From the simple chocolate chip cookie to the first bulletproof fabric, INSIDER rounded up 14 inventions by women that you may not know about. Check out their stories.
Posted on 16 Sep 2017
Because Of Hidden Figures, There's Now A U.S. State Department Program For Women In STEM
Hidden Figures was one of 2016's greatest successes. Not only was the film critically acclaimed and financially successful, but it did the important job of telling the long-ignored story of how three Black women changed the course of history. Now, the legacies of those women - Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson - will continue to live on. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the U.S. State Department has created an educational exchange for women in STEM inspired by the film. The program, which is appropriately called #HiddenNoMore, is the first of its kind. It will invite 50 women who work in science, technology, engineering, and math across the world to the United States. The women will spend three weeks traveling around the country and meeting with organizations that promote women in STEM. The #HiddenNoMore program will end in Los Angeles, where Fox, which has donated $400,000 to the program, will host a two-day event for the women.
Posted on 16 Sep 2017
Programs meant to encourage women in STEM may be backfiring - because it's not women who need to change
Most discussions around the dearth of women in STEM careers and education - the acronym stands for ''science, technology, engineering and math'' - focus on women themselves as the problem: Women and girls, the argument goes, don't apply for STEM programs, don't show interest in STEM at a young age, and often get discouraged and drop out, either during college or in the field. To be clear, most of these discussions blame the problem on society at large, which clearly discourages young women from seeing themselves as engineers, scientists or mathematicians. Still, the focus on women's individual choices, intentionally or otherwise, suggests that the solution to this gender disparity is for women themselves to tough it out and overcome inequality through force of will.
Posted on 16 Sep 2017
Awis Fall 2017 Webinar Series
This fall, AWIS invites you to attend four webinar series focused on personal and professional development. Each of the four webinars is designed to accelerate your career by enabling you build your leadership toolbox and have been exclusively tailored to meet the needs of women in STEM.
Posted on 16 Sep 2017

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