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Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Media and Toys so that Our Children Can Explore, Learn, and Dream Without Limits
Research shows that children's interests, ambitions, and skills can be shaped early on by the media they consume and the toys with which they play, potentially influencing everything from the subjects they choose to study to the careers they ultimately pursue. Consequently, those early experiences can affect not just their development and life choices, but the composition of our workforce and the strength of our economy for decades to come. For example, right now, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) industries offer some of the highest-paying, most in-demand careers - there are over 600,000 unfilled jobs in information technology alone - yet women hold only 29 percent of STEM jobs. Communities across America are also experiencing teacher shortages, and nursing is one of the fastest-growing professions - yet fewer than 25 percent of public school teachers and only 9 percent of nurses are men. In order to help close these gender gaps in our workforce, children need to be exposed to diverse role models and taught a variety of skills so they can develop their talents and pursue their passions without limits.
Posted on 13 Apr 2016
Panel on women in STEM aims to impart career advice on students
JJ DiGeronimo, the president of Tech Savvy Women, started her career in computer infrastructure after graduating from Ohio University in 1995 with a degree in computer information systems. The technology executive and advocate for STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - returned to campus to speak to students about career development for women in STEM. The event, titled ''Professional Strategies for Women in STEM: Advice for Developing Your Career,'' featured DiGeronimo as the keynote speaker and included a panel with other STEM professionals. About 50 people attended the event in Porter Hall to listen and ask questions. It was hosted by the Society of Women Engineers, the American Association of University Women, Women in Information & Telecommunication Systems, Women in Information Systems and the Scripps Diversity Committee. DiGeronimo stressed the importance of self-efficacy, or the belief in one's ability to achieve specific results.
Posted on 13 Apr 2016
2 engineering students started one of the coolest new jewelry shops on the Internet
Two University of Florida engineering students have combined their passions for science, design, and education into an online shop that's selling some of the coolest science jewelry and accessories out there. Last fall, Erin Winick and Emily Huber launched Sci Chic with the goal of providing fashionable science and engineering accessories that can act as a conversation starter about these fields.
Posted on 13 Apr 2016
New Study Finds That Despite More Women In Science, We Still Perceive Women To Be Incompatible With STEM Fields
As the science community reels from ongoing revelations of sexual harassment and discrimination, a new study in Psychology of Women Quarterly, by Wellesley College researcher Linda Carli, offers important clues as to how women scientists are perceived and how stereotypes might lead to prejudicial treatment. The paper, entitled ''Stereotypes About Gender and Science: Women is not equal to Science,'' shows that despite significant progress made, women are still thought to lack the qualities needed to be successful scientists, and the findings suggest this may contribute to discrimination and prejudice against women in those fields. Carli is a senior lecturer in psychology at Wellesley and is an authority on gender discrimination and the challenges faced by professional women.
Posted on 30 Mar 2016
NCWIT Pioneer Award
The NCWIT Pioneer Award recognizes technical women whose lifetime contributions have significantly impacted the landscape of technological innovation, amplifying the importance of capitalizing on the diverse perspectives that girls and women can bring to the table. Pioneer Award recipients also serve as role models whose legacies continue to inspire generations of young women to pursue computing and make history in their own right. The 2016 winner of the NCWIT Pioneer Award is Cynthia Solomon.
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Posted on 30 Mar 2016
ABI.NY - Women Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit, Women in Tech Creating the Future, New York, April 4, 2016
Innovation is more than something that occurs within small startups. Established companies are now installing Innovation Centers of their own to encourage creativity. At a time when input from women technologists is crucial to success, we have organized a conference to answer this need. In the ABI.NYC - Women Entrepreneurship Summit for 2016 we have combined relevant skills and subjects for an event in which entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, research and products of women technologists will facilitate an exchange to foster personal and professional growth. To further the optimum progress of women's scientific communities we have paid special attention to inclusivity.
Posted on 30 Mar 2016
The big sister app that's getting girls into science and tech
The world needs more girls in science, engineering and tech. This article gives explanation how And Anne-Marie Imafidon, co-founder of Stemettes, is sorting that out right now.
Posted on 30 Mar 2016
Experienced Women in Tech - A Competitive Advantage
If there is one argument for a lack of women in positions of leadership that really make me frustrated it is the false belief that there just aren't enough qualified women. Wrong. If you aren't finding qualified women to lead your team, department or company; then you aren't looking in the right places. Emily Peck has written article entitled Stop Saying There Are No Qualified Women for the Huffington Post that offers a little more scientific understanding into the dilemma.
Posted on 30 Mar 2016
L'OREAL AND UNESCO RECOGNIZE TWO U.S.-BASED WOMEN RESEARCHERS FOR SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS
L'Oreal USA announced that two U.S.-based female scientists will be recognized at the 18th annual L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, held in Paris on March 24, 2016. Every year, the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science program celebrates five outstanding Laureates for their groundbreaking work, exceptional talent and deep commitment to her profession. In addition, the program honors 15 promising young researchers making significant contributions in disciplines as varied as neuroscience and evolutionary biology. Leading U.S. genetics researcher Dr. Jennifer Doudna will be recognized as the North American Laureate and postdoctoral astrophysics researcher, Dr. Sabrina Stierwalt, will be honored as an International Rising Talent.
Posted on 21 Mar 2016
Human Brain Project: Platform Release Event
The Human Brain Project (HBP) is planning an online release event (30 March) to present the first components, services and tools of its 6 ICT Platforms to the scientific community (platforms on Neuroinformatics, Brain Simulation, High Performance Analytics and Computing, Medical Informatics, Neuromorphic Computing and Neurorobotics.) More info will be made available on the HBP website in due time.
Posted on 21 Mar 2016

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