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The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology
Listen to women from across the Administration tell the stories of their personal heroes across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Posted on 09 Mar 2015
Geetha Kannan: No getting away from the gender gap
ABI India's Managing Director, Geetha Kannan writes in The Hindu Business Line about the absolute need for tackling unconscious bias, if we really want to get anywhere in enhancing the careers of women. The theme for 2015 International Women's Day is ''Make It Happen''. It is a good trigger for us to stop and think if we really want to take effective action to improve the status of women and grow their careers. Our mindsets play a critical role in supporting or hindering the efforts. A major block is the presence of unconscious bias at the workplace. It exists on a personal and organizational level and is influenced by background, cultural environment and experiences. The foundations can be traced to childhood. While some perceptions are not wrong and can be explained as inherent characteristics of each gender, they cannot completely guide or cloud our interactions and decisions.
Posted on 09 Mar 2015
Getting Funding to Attend and Speak at IT Conferences
The artice about finding Creative Ways to Fund Your Participation at Tech Conferences - Even When Your Employer Won't Pay.
Posted on 09 Mar 2015
Diversity challenging not just tech companies but universities too
Last week, MIT released a report that closely examines the state of diversity within the university. The report considers MIT's diversity not just in terms of students and faculty, but also looks at the Institute's non-faculty research staff who represent approximately 28% of the institution as a whole. Releasing the report was a brave move for the university. It provides a frank and realistic evaluation of where MIT stands in the heated debate concerning diversity and inclusion in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
Posted on 02 Mar 2015
Dr. Laure EL CHAMY is a researcher and assistant professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Saint Joseph University in Lebanon. She has continued her work studying genetics and innate immunity since being awarded the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship in 2013. We caught up with Dr. EL CHAMY at L'Oreal USA's New York City headquarters, where she was participating in a ''Women in STEM fields'' program hosted by the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
Posted on 24 Feb 2015
Women are leaving the tech industry in droves
Ana Redmond launched into a technology career for an exciting challenge and a chance to change the world. She was well-equipped to succeed too: An ambitious math and science wiz, she could code faster, with fewer errors, than anyone she knew. In 2011, after 15 years, she left before achieving a management position. Garann Means became a programmer for similar reasons. After 13 years, she quit too, citing a hostile and unwelcoming environment for women. Neither expects to ever go back.
Posted on 24 Feb 2015
Study: Here's how to beat the stereotypes that keep women out of computer science
This special series focuses on important community issues, innovative solutions to societal challenges, and people and non-profit groups making an impact through technology. For computer science to grow, its most persistent stereotype has to fade. That's the takeaway from the work of a group of University of Washington researchers that's showing just how easily the image of the geeky, socially awkward computer developer discourages women from considering careers in the field. One of the group's most recent experiments shows why. n the experiment, published in Frontiers in Psychology, female college students had two-minute conversations with actors they thought were students majoring in computer science. Half the actors fit the computer geek stereotype, wearing 'I code therefore I am' t-shirts and saying they liked solitary things like playing video games. Half the actors didn't fit the stereotype, wearing solid color t-shirts and saying they liked to hang out with friends. You can probably guess the rest. The students who talked with actors playing the stereotype were significantly less likely to say they were interested in majoring in computer science than students who talked with the other actors.
Posted on 18 Feb 2015
The Next Generation Of Women In Stem
The word 'engineer' is derived from two Latin terms meaning 'to devise' and 'cleverness.' Contrary to popular perception, successful 'engineering' has always required creativity and lots of out-of-the-box thinking. Thomas Edison may have had a lot of right-brain success, but it took him a whole lot of left-brain ideas to get there. This is broadly true of all STEM fields, and also a key reason why diversity in STEM professions is important. We always need people who, in the words of Steve Jobs, 'think different.' STEM careers have been traditionally male-dominated, with a number of barriers-some cultural, some more overt-that have impeded the retention and advancement of women in STEM fields. But empirical evidence tells us that companies with higher levels of gender diversity perform better than their competitors.
Posted on 18 Feb 2015
STEM Classes See Decline in Female Enrollment: Report
Science, technology, engineering and math fields, also referred to as STEM, have a history of lacking in women. New numbers show the trend isn't changing. According to the Higher Education Authority and Voxxi's new figures, 10 years ago 47 percent of new entrants into science, math and computing courses in higher education courses were women. In 2013, the percentage fell to 40 percent. In that year, there were 436 female entrants into computer science at university level out of a total of 2, 613 or 16 percent. Less than 7 percent of technology positions in Europe are filled by women and in the U.S. entrants in computer science classes were continuing to go down.
Posted on 18 Feb 2015
How Elementary School Teachers' Biases Can Discourage Girls From Math and Science
There are various theories, and many of them focus on childhood. Parents and toy-makers discourage girls from studying math and science. So do their teachers. Girls lack role models in those fields, and grow up believing they wouldn't do well in them. All these factors surely play some role. A new study points to the influence of teachers' unconscious biases, but it also highlights how powerful a little encouragement can be. Early educational experiences have a quantifiable effect on the math and science courses the students choose later, and eventually the jobs they get and the wages they earn.
Posted on 11 Feb 2015

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