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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
The Good, The Gap and The Capable: How Women Entrepreneurs Fare Globally
More than 163 million women started businesses worldwide and another 111 million women were already running entrepreneurial businesses as of 2016. This accounts for an increase of 10 percent of total entrepreneurial activity by women in 74 countries since last year, according to the newly released Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2016/2017 Women's Report. The report compiled by faculty and researchers from Babson College, Smith College, Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Universidad Del Desarrollo, and Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, shows the encouraging progress ''where the gender gap is closing and where women are leading change in some ways. The problems reflect the areas where there are still serious deficits and disparities, where the gender gap may still be significant.'' The two years of data showed the phases of entrepreneurial intentions, established business ownership, discontinued businesses, as well as attitudes, education, perceptions, innovation and more. In the U.S., 14.9 percent of the women said they planned to start a business in the next three years, with 10.5 percent actually starting a business.
Posted on 16 Sep 2017
How to Close the Gender Gap in Tech
In the weeks since the now-infamous Google memo first stirred global controversy, too little light has been shed on the underlying issue - the large and undeniable gender gap in computer science, engineering and the technology business in general. At least three times as many men as women work as computer scientists in the U.S. That suggests an enormous supply of ideas, ingenuity and creativity is going to waste. And the U.S. is already short more than half a million computer-science graduates - a deficit that will only worsen as the industry expands. Why do so few women work in tech? It isn't that they can't do math or are biologically unsuited to the tasks. It's that women - including those who excel at math - haven't been shown in a consistent and forthright way why they should want the jobs. This can change.
Posted on 16 Sep 2017
New Study Offers Insight Into Gender Imbalance in Higher Education
Gender inequality in science, technology, engineering and math has been a long documented issue, but a new study coming out of the Cornell Center for the Study of Inequality offers encouraging evidence of avenues to bridge this divide. Dafna Gelbgiser, grad, and Kyle Albert, grad, found that green fields in higher education tend to bridge the gender divide in both STEM and non-STEM fields. Gelbgiser defined green fields as those that contribute to green jobs, which provide goods or have production processes that benefit the environment. Examples of such fields include environmental science and sustainability studies. Gelbgiser explained that both she and Albert were interested in studying green fields since they could track ''what happens when a new field of study emerges in terms of gender inequality in those fields.'' According to Gelbgiser, green fields are unique because they do not have clear roots in other disciplines. So, students do not have prior gender dispositions about the field.
Posted on 16 Sep 2017
Why Female Students Leave STEM
In a new working paper, Georgetown University researchers explored what drives women who entered a STEM major to switch to something else. Their findings, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, show that the answer is a complex combination of factors, including the environment, perception of the major and grades. It also showed that previous theories don't always hold up.
Posted on 01 Sep 2017
What Being a Female Hacker Is Really Like
Malware researcher Amanda Rousseau shares what it's really like to be a female hacker, and why more people should make hacking their job.
Posted on 01 Sep 2017
Why Men Don't Believe The Data On Gender Bias In Science
Earlier this summer Google engineer James Damore posted a treatise about gender differences on an internal company message board and was subsequently fired. The memo ignited a firestorm of debate about sex discrimination in Silicon Valley; this followed months of reporting on accusations of harassment at Uber and elsewhere. Sex discrimination and harassment in tech, and in science more broadly, is a major reason why women leave the field. Nationally, there has long been handwringing about why women are underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), which has led to calls for increased mentoring, better family leave policies, and workshops designed to teach women how to negotiate like men.
Posted on 01 Sep 2017
Women can't crack the glass ceiling when it comes to tech boards
Concerted efforts to address gender disparities and a Silicon Valley sexual harassment scandal that has focused greater attention on the treatment of women have done little to crack tech's ultimate glass ceiling. Women continue to be severely underrepresented on the boards of tech companies, both public and private, even as the number of women on corporate boards overall ticks up slightly, new research shows. The proportion of women named to the boards of companies in the Russell 3000 index was 16.2% in 2017, according to research firm Equilar. For tech companies, that figure was 14.3%, the latest evidence that the industry continues to lag others.
Posted on 01 Sep 2017

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