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Top 5 Inspiring Women in Tech: A Personal Journey of Discovery and Admiration
If you need some WomenInSTEM inspo for your vision board you can check out these five inspiring leaders in tech: Susan Wojcicki - CEO of YouTube, Sheryl Sandberg - COO of Facebook, Ginni Rometty - Former CEO of IBM, Whitney Wolfe Herd - Founder of Bumble and Reshma Saujani - Founder of Girls Who Code.
Posted on 27 Feb 2024
Under-represented in the past, women scientists are now shaping the future
While women have traditionally been under-represented across STEM sectors, we can – as we observe the 9th International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11 – applaud significant ground gained in recent years in some of the most cutting-edge fields that stand to transform the future. In biotechnology, for example, which is revolutionizing health, medicine and agriculture, the latest industry survey shows the UK, Europe, and the US are close to gender parity, with more female graduates than male in some cases. And while the gender gap remains stubbornly wide at a leadership level, and especially across many developing countries, achieving gender equality at the vanguard of science is particularly important for tackling the global challenges of food security and poverty. As the entire world strives to sustainably produce food to meet the needs of a growing population amid a climate crisis, women scientists are playing an increasingly significant role in crop science and plant breeding. This is critical because the world cannot solve hunger and poverty through innovation without also solving gender inequality.
Posted on 27 Feb 2024
Failure in Science and the Science of Failure
Science is paradoxical when it comes to failure: on the one hand, STEM fields ostensibly acknowledge it as part of the scientific process; on the other hand, they implicitly and explicitly disincentivize failure, especially for those from historically and currently marginalized groups or for those who are at vulnerable career transitions. In fact, when people from these groups do not achieve success in an endeavor, they can experience a cluster of negative feelings, including imposter syndrome and a sense of not belonging. Such feelings have deleterious effects on mental health - an adverse impact that science currently grapples with. The good news is that STEM researchers like Dr. Melanie Stefan who are most hurt by the stigma of failure are now speaking out. And some science media are giving them a voice.
Posted on 27 Feb 2024
Books by (and for) women in STEM
A significant gender gap has long plagued all areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines across our global community. While progress has been made in increasing women’s participation in these areas of research and higher education, they remain under-represented in STEM fields. The United Nations has declared February 11 International Day of Women and Girls in Science to draw attention to important contributions by women and to encourage more girls to pursue STEM careers. Marking the occasion, PUP pays the tribute to the work and stories of women who champion science, from a physicist’s quest for the true nature of gravity, to a neuroscientist’s fascinating tour of the developments that are revolutionizing conceptions of mental health.
Posted on 14 Feb 2024
Fifteen Questions: Pardis Sabeti on LS1B, Computational Genetics, and Holiday Cards
Want to spend a day in the life of a scientist? In just fifteen questions, Biologist Pardis C. Sabeti talks about the ins and outs of the lab and the hurdles she faces as a woman in STEM. Pardis C. Sabeti is a professor at the Center for Systems Biology and the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, a professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease at Harvard School of Public Health, institute member of the Broad institute, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. She does work in computational biology, medical genetics, and evolutionary genetics.
Posted on 30 Jan 2024
Create Your Personal Vision Statement
AWIS recently invited Mona-Lee Belizaire, a Jamaican-born personal growth strategist and speaker, to share her ideas in a webinar. Belizaire, creator of the I Am Choosing Me movement and host of the weekly show “The Best Investment,” opened the webinar by inviting us to participate in a mindset moment, asking us to think about what we are proudest of accomplishing this year. She noted that as we review our professional, health, and social goals, we should take the opportunity to stop and celebrate what we have achieved so far. She congratulated everyone! Belizaire loves working with women and acknowledges that we wear multiple hats that represent our different roles and responsibilities. She passionately believes, however, that as we deal with the complexity in our lives, we must show up as one person in all the spaces that we inhabit. In her work, she offers key advice about how each of us can work to consistently be ourselves, particularly by defining a personal vision, and she shared some of her insights during the webinar.
Posted on 18 Jan 2024
Quieting Your Harshest Critic: You
The SWE Early Career Professional Affinity Group’s spotlight month continues with this advice blog from ECP AG Community Development Co-Chair Alyssa Acosta. While everyone deals with self-doubt every now and then, women tend to criticize themselves 25% more often than men [1, 2]. The criticism can refer to one’s appearance, competency, or intelligence. The result of such self-criticism can cause more than just negative impacts on your emotional well-being, but also impact your ability to advocate for yourself. According to Saima Rana, CEO/principal, GEMS World Academy Dubai and chief education officer at GEMS Education, self-advocacy in the workplace is one of the main barriers to women’s progression. In a recent study, 41% of 2,100 women surveyed said they do not self-advocate enough in their workplace. In a male-dominated field like engineering, this self-criticism and lack of self-advocacy can be multiplied. We have likely all dealt with this at one point in our educational or professional careers. Imposter syndrome ring a bell? This is especially true when first starting a career. It can be daunting to begin your career when there are still so many things that are unknown. Now in my fourth year of my professional career, I can see that my own imposter syndrome was not only bad for my own mental health, but also affected my work. I found myself being afraid to ask what I interpreted as “dumb questions.” I doubted my work at every submission, which caused me to take more time on tasks and hindered my learning. Well, I am here to say, there are no “dumb questions” when you are starting out your career. You are more than competent enough to be an engineer. You likely made it through four-plus years of engineering coursework, so stop being so mean to yourself. Of course, this is easier said than done, and I would not leave you without some tips on breaking this cycle. Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, host, and founder of Therapy for Black Girls, gives five tips to overcoming your self-doubt.
Posted on 18 Jan 2024
Aspirations in computing: The Future of Tech
Three youth technologists talk about their receiving the Aspirations in Computing award and their future careers in computing and technology. Featuring Paige Frank, Ahmya Rivera, and Neha Shukla. The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) High School Award honors 9th-12th grade women, genderqueer, and non-binary students for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and future plans. Since 2007, more than 25,000 students have received an AiC Award.
Posted on 08 Jan 2024
Telling girls they can be scientists isn't enough: Why we need women like Dr Lucia Romani to show them what's possible
For years we've been telling girls that they can grow up and be anything they want, but words aren't enough in the male-dominated world of STEM. Esteemed scientist Dr Lucia Romani is a world leader in epidemiological research and tells 9Honey it's vital for girls to actually see women like them not just entering the scientific world, but thriving there. "It's really, really important. We've seen this not only for women, but for a lot of other minorities or areas where people do not feel represented by the leaders in front of them," Dr Romani says. "Especially in leadership positions, it's still quite a male-dominated field, research and science… but [change] is possible," she continues. Growing up in Italy, Romani was always a curious child but never really considered a career in STEM until she crossed paths with an incredible woman scientist who showed her it was possible. She had become interested in social sciences towards the end of her high school years, specifically social injustice and how disparities between certain communities impacted access to things like healthcare. But it wasn't until she got her first job and worked alongside the woman who would become one of her first mentors that Romani realised what a woman like her could achieve in the science world.
Posted on 08 Jan 2024
Historical women: Marietta Blau, PhD
Marietta Blau, PhD, was an Austrian physicist who developed photographic emulsions that could be used to capture the tracks of speeding subatomic particles. This method could also be used to accurately study reactions caused by cosmic ray events. In 1937, working with her colleague Hertha Wambacher, Blau found the first hard evidence of the disintegration of the nuclei of a heavy atom by the impact of another particle. This discovery launched the field of particle physics. Blau was forced to leave Austria in 1938 due to the country’s annexation by Nazi Germany, causing a severe break in her career. She was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Physics, and once for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, but never won. In 1950 the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Cecil F. Powell, who had built on Blau’s work and perfected the photographic emulsion method, using it to discover pions in cosmic rays.
Posted on 08 Jan 2024

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