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Parents as Partners in Outreach
How do we include parents in our outreach efforts and give them the resources they need to encourage their children to pursue a career in STEM? SWE members volunteer boundless time and energy to local activities, but are we helping those most in need of what we have to offer? What about the families in less affluent areas where there are no engineers or programs in place to introduce them to STEM? How do we reach parents, the strongest influencers of their children's career choices, and give them the resources to encourage their children down the path to a STEM career?
Posted on 19 Jan 2017
What Happened to Women in Computer Science?
Hidden Figures, the just-released movie, highlights the roles of three black female mathematicians (human computers) working at NASA who helped win the Space Race. At one time, computer science was originally a female-dominated area, and computing was considered ''women's work.'' Fast forward to 2017 and women in computer science aren't common. The number of women receiving degrees in this now male-dominated area has declined. Granted, women total 48.5% of Carnegie Mellon's computer science class, but this accomplishment is an exception to the rule. Lana Verschage is the director of Women in Computing at Rochester Institute of Technology. The Women in Computing group is a part of RIT's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. Verschage tells GoodCall that the gender gap in computing actually is widening. ''Since 1990, the percentage of female computing professionals has dropped from 35 percent to about 24 percent today, and according to Girls Who Code, if that trend continues, the share of women in the nation's computing workforce will decline to 22 percent by 2025,'' Verschage says. So why are there so few women in computer science and computing fields? GoodCall posed this question to Verschage; Kathleen Fisher, professor and chair of the Computer Science Department in the School of Engineering at Tufts University; and the research scientists and social scientists at the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Wendy DuBow, senior research scientist and the director of evaluation, serves as the NCWIT spokesperson.
Posted on 19 Jan 2017
Facebook Engineering VP Explains Why ''Cognitive Diversity Is The Most Powerful Tool''
As the head of Facebook's secretive new hardware unit, Building 8, Regina Dugan leads a team of engineers who are trying to develop breakthrough technologies, much as she did when she was the first female director of DARPA. She's learned that assembling a diverse group of perspectives is essential to the creative process. ''The ultimate goal is cognitive diversity, and cognitive diversity is correlated with identity diversity. That means it's not just about [getting] women in tech. It's about broad voices, broad representation. But we can't step away from the idea that in the workplace, diversity also looks like identity diversity. You have to get to the place where you aren't made comfortable by the fact that everyone is the same, but rather feel inspired by how different we are. We get better problem-solving that way.'' said Regina .
Posted on 19 Jan 2017
Two determined women take on tech industry sexism in a new Secret ad
For women in tech, sexism is so often encountered that it unfortunately comes to be expected. A new 30-second ad by deodorant company Secret shows just how embedded gender-based bias is in the industry by telling the story of two women pitching their startup to men at the top. The comedic ad, called ''Pitch,'' illuminates the worries and preparation women asserting their tech talents have to go through to prove their value in ''the boys' club.''
Posted on 19 Jan 2017
How Vera Rubin changed science
Vera Rubin didn't plan to be a pioneering female astronomer. Rubin's work fundamentally changed astronomy by confirming the existence of dark matter, the invisible stuff that makes up 27 percent of the universe. The way she worked changed astronomy, too. The field may have been all male when she entered it 70 years ago. But by the time she died at age 88, that was no longer true. That's in large part thanks to Rubin: a brilliant mentor and fierce advocate for women in science.
Posted on 05 Jan 2017
Engineers Do Super Things All the Time!
Follow the Exciting Adventures of Constance and Nano ...Engineers are always finding creative, exciting ways to make our world awesome! Join Constance and Nano on their engineering adventures to see how fun solving problems with science, engineering, technology and math can be! Download their latest adventure for FREE and share it with your friends, parents and teachers!
Posted on 22 Dec 2016
Efforts to Make Computer Science More Inclusive of Women
T wo decades ago, many academic and industry professionals had given little thought to the gender or racial composition of their classrooms or offices. In the early 2000s, that perspective shifted dramatically. The dotcom bubble burst and, with that, the computing field seemed to lose its luster with prospective students and employees. Some, however, recognized that computer science and engineering would remain critical to our nation's economy and would, in fact, grow in importance. They also recognized that a lack of diversity in the field is not only an equity problem, it is problematic for innovation and workforce development. These forward-thinking individuals and entities focused on the need for women to be a much greater part of the equation as the field moved into its next phase.
Posted on 22 Dec 2016
Was 2016 the Breakthrough Year for Women in Tech?
Since Google's revelation about the lack of gender and racial diversity in their payroll, a harsh truth in the startup community has come to light. Women, and especially women of color, are disproportionately underrepresented in the technology industry. And as the sector grows to 6.7 million jobs this year, it is now more important than ever to understand why there simply aren't enough women in tech. In 2013, The Muse, in association with Women in Tech, published a report reflecting the huge potential of female entrepreneurs and employees.
Posted on 22 Dec 2016
The Alarming Downsides to Tech Industry Diversity Reports
The tech industry doesn't just have a diversity problem. It has a results problem. Major tech companies pour millions of dollars into recruiting, but there remain significant, quantifiable discrepancies - in workforce diversity, in gender equity among people of color, and in representation among top leadership. Even the industry's annual diversity reports, a crucial step towards transparency, can hide vital information and nuance. Tech companies have been disclosing their diversity numbers semi-annually since 2014.
Posted on 22 Dec 2016
Where are the women scientists, tech gurus and engineers in our films?
Perennial stories about the lack of women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) often revolve around why women are not studying these subjects, and when they do, why they don't make their careers in these areas. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media asks a different question. Are women not working in science because there are very few women portrayed in films and on TV who are working in science? Academy Award-winning actress, Geena Davis, founded the institute that bears her name to educate, advocate and influence the media and entertainment industry to encourage more diverse representations of women and girls. Over the past eight years it has provided quantitative research that exposes the unconscious gender biases in casting, screen writing and story-telling.
Posted on 22 Dec 2016

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