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Planting the seeds for STEM
Stereotypes about girls studying and working in science, technology, engineering, and math fields are decades old. While girls play with dolls, boys are given Legos and trains, and then grow up to work at Microsoft and Google. Although this adage is something that is often accepted, it wasn't fully understood at what age boys and girls begin to deviate in terms of interest in STEM fields and their self-confidence about performing in those fields. A new study out of the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences found that early exposure to programming can indeed increase interest in STEM among girls and mitigate some of the negative stereotypes associated with girls in STEM fields.
Posted on 03 Jun 2017
Women take up just 9 percent of senior IT leadership roles, survey finds
Little progress is being made in representing women in senior IT leadership roles, according to a global survey of chief information officers (CIOs) released Tuesday. The percentage of female IT leaders (such as CIOs, chief technology officers, or vice presidents of technology) remains at 9 percent, the same last year, according to the 2017 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO survey. This survey of 4,498 CIOs and technology leaders, conducted online across 86 countries between December 2016 and April 2017, found little change in the number of women holding leadership roles, despite one third of organizations having diversity initiatives.
Posted on 03 Jun 2017
2017 NCWIT Summit on Women and It, May 22 - 24, 2017
The NCWIT Summit is the world's largest annual convening of change leaders focused on significantly improving diversity and inclusion in computing. Educators, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and social scientists from across industries and disciplines (both men and women) participate in this one-of-a-kind opportunity. The 2017 NCWIT Summit is being streamed live, starting May 23rd.
Posted on 18 May 2017
Girls In Tech Catalyst Conference Volunteer Application; June 19 - 22nd, 2017
Are you interested in being a vital part of the 2017 Girls In Tech Catalyst Conference? Apply to volunteer and help make the Girls In Tech Catalyst conference thrive! Interested volunteers need to complete a volunteer application in order to be considered. We will go through each application individually and choose qualified applicants in May 2017. Once chosen, applicants will be in touch with with our volunteer coordinator, Candi Martinez Carthen, for training.
Posted on 18 May 2017
Girls in Tech and Edunation Partner to Deliver Coding Classes Worldwide
One of the most powerful tools for fighting gender disparity across the tech industry is education. Girls in Tech is on a mission to provide access to as many girls and women around the world as possible. One way we do this is through our Global Classroom program, an eight-week virtual coding class that's free for all those who attend. Global Classroom 2017 is currently underway - and we're thrilled to report we're receiving phenomenal feedback from the 350 participants! The program kicked off on April 10. The goal for this session: teach women how to build a website with WordPress.
Posted on 18 May 2017
Gender Disparity On Tech Giant Boards
According to a report from Accenture and Girls Who Code, women in the computing workforce will shrink in the next 10 years unless immediate action is taken, and there has already been a huge 37 percent drop of women in tech since 1995. What exactly is causing the rates of women in the tech industry to fall? A skills shortage will begin to damage the economy. There were 500,000 new computing jobs in the US in 2015, but there were fewer than 40,000 new computer science graduates. As a result, a call to action has been identified to triple the number of women in computing by 2025. The report, aptly named Cracking the Gender Code, recommends what needs to be done to spark interest in tech in girls throughout their school years.
Posted on 18 May 2017
This New Book Series Aims To Show Girls How Much They Can Achieve With STEM
Every little girl's favorite badass action figure is back: there's now a Goldie Blox book series! Goldie Blox is the super-smart engineer figurehead of the GoldieBlox toy company, which produce ''toys for future engineers'' predominantly marketed at girls. In 2014, she became an action figure - armed with a tool belt and red converse, in place of the pink dresses and high heels usually seen on toys aimed at young girls. Now, Goldie Blox is the heroine of a whole book series.
Posted on 18 May 2017
The 23rd Annual Women in Technology Summit June 11-13, 2017 in San Jose, CA.
The conference is on track to exceed 1,300 attendees converging in Silicon Valley to build strategic connections and learn from senior female leaders about impactful ways to advance women's careers in the technology industry.
Posted on 09 May 2017
What Companies Can Do to Retain and Advance Women in Tech
In the wake of recent news about how female Facebook engineers received dramatically more code rejections than their male peers, Fortune reached out to the Anita Borg Institute's Elizabeth Ames for suggestions on how tech companies can better address gender disparity in the workplace. The Anita Borg Institute's Top Companies for Women Technologists is just one of many resources companies can use to retain and advance more women in tech. Top Companies lets companies benchmark their current successes, offers a framework for measurable improvement, and recognizes workplaces where women technologists thrive. Applications to take part in this program are open until May 10; it's not too late to join this important measurement effort.
Posted on 09 May 2017
Confidence in math predicts girls' participation in STEM
Girls rank themselves less competent in math than boys, even when getting the same grades Girls are more likely to pursue math careers if they are confident in their ability to do the toughest problems in the book, a new study shows. A girl's decision to take more classes in math or computer science may depend on whether she feels up to the challenge. But her confidence in her abilities may be lower than it should be. Even when male and female high school students receive the same math grades, girls tend to feel they are less competent than boys, a new study shows. And that may affect her choice to pursue science - or not.
Posted on 09 May 2017

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