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Google promotes diversity in portrayals of computer scientists in Hollywood
A tech giant with a campus in Silicon Beach is also doing their part to bring more diversity to the tech and media industries. Through relationships with Hollywood and other content creators, Google finds creative ways to introduce fresh perspectives on technology inspiring diverse stories and characters in TV shows and digital platforms. They have worked with shows like Silicon Valley, Miles from Tomorrowland and the Powerpuff Girls.
Posted on 02 Apr 2018
Women Lose Out to Men Even Before They Graduate From College
For almost 40 years, women have outnumbered men on U.S. college campuses. They're accepted to the same schools as men, study in the same degree programs and graduate at higher rates than men. So when female graduates enter the labor force, you'd expect that they would at least find the same opportunities as their male peers, if not better ones. That hasn't necessarily happened, though. Male and female graduates of the same college majors tend to veer toward different types of jobs, according to a Bloomberg analysis of American Community Survey data of educational attainment, occupation and income. Women are less likely than men to have careers aligned to their field of study. The jobs many women take typically have lower career earning potential. The data capture occupations and pay for people at different stages of their career, whether someone graduated from college last year or 30 years ago. But the trends are clear. Even in traditionally pre-professional fields, such as business, science and economics, equal educational attainment doesn't always correspond to similar career choices by men and women.
Posted on 02 Apr 2018
Forgotten women in science: The Harvard Computers
The era of human computers didn't begin with the West Computers or the Bletchleyettes. Toward the end of the 19th century, Harvard College Observatory drafted in dozens of women to take on one of the most unique mathematical computing jobs in its 178-year history: to unravel the mysteries of the heavens by calculating the positions of the stars.
Posted on 02 Apr 2018
True Stories of How 'A Wrinkle in Time' Inspired Female Scientists
Back in 1962 when ''A Wrinkle in Time'' was first published, smart, young females who liked science were scarce. But author Madeline L'Engle was nothing if not a visionary, and so was her book's main character, Meg Murry. The glasses-wearing, science-loving girl who ends up saving her father has captivated girls and boys alike for decades. Now, she's set to rule the silver screen come March 9, 2018 when the Disney film hits theaters. Even better than the diverse star-power behind the film (the cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, among others), is the message Meg continues to send to girls and women today that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers are decidedly not the boys clubs they once were. In fact women made up 24 percent of the Americans employed in STEM occupations in 2015.
Posted on 13 Mar 2018
Perish not publish? New study quantifies the lack of female authors in scientific journals
''Publish or perish'' is tattooed on the mind of every academic. Like it or loathe it, publishing in high-profile journals is the fast track to positions in prestigious universities with illustrious colleagues and lavish resources, celebrated awards and plentiful grant funding. Yet somehow, in the search to understand why women's scientific careers often fail to thrive, the role of high-impact journals has received little scrutiny. One reason is that these journals don't even collect data about the gender or ethnic background of their authors. To examine the representation of women within these journals, Jason Webster and Yuichi Shoda, delved into MEDLINE, the online repository that contains records of almost every published peer-reviewed neuroscience article. They used the database to predict the gender of first and last authors on over 166,000 articles published between 2005 and 2017 in high-profile journals that include neuroscience, our own scientific discipline. The results were dispiriting.
Posted on 13 Mar 2018
Barbie releases new dolls to mark International Women's Day
A trailblazing film director. A snowboarding champion. A pioneering mathematician for NASA. An iconic artist. Barbie is marking International Women's Day by honoring some of the inspiring women of the present and the past. The brand announced on Tuesday - a day before International Women's day - that it has chosen 17 modern-day and historic role models to honor with a doll in their likeness.
Posted on 13 Mar 2018
Twitter claims it was more diverse in 2017, but that's not what the data shows
Twitter on Friday published data that appeared to show its workforce was more diverse in 2017, but the way Twitter currently measures diversity makes it hard to tell how much progress the company is actually making. According to Twitter's diversity data, ''underrepresented minorities'' - which Twitter defined as non-white and non-Asian - now make up 12.5 percent of the company's total workforce, up from 11 percent in 2016. But that 12.5 percent includes people who specifically declined to identify their ethnicity on Twitter's internal survey, according to a company spokesperson. That unidentified group makes up 2.9 percent of Twitter's workforce and is being classified as ''underrepresented minorities'' even though this contingent specifically declined to be classified. There is no way to tell what ethnicity they actually are. If you subtract that group from Twitter's list of ''underrepresented minorities,'' it shows non-white and non-Asian employees at Twitter made up just 9.6 percent of the company workforce, a decline from 11 percent in 2016. So while Twitter said its ranks were more diverse last year, that may not actually be true.
Posted on 13 Mar 2018
Why Aren't There More Women in Science and Technology?
A new study finds puzzling national differences: a bigger share of STEM degrees for women in Tunisia than in Sweden . A key tenet of modern feminism is that women will have achieved equity only when they fill at least 50% of the positions once filled by men. In some fields, women have already surpassed that target - now comprising, for example, 50.7% of new American medical students, up from just 9% in 1965, and 80% of veterinary students. But the needle has hardly moved in many STEM fields - such as the physical sciences, technology, engineering and math, in which barely 20% of the students are female. A new study suggests some surprising reasons.
Posted on 13 Mar 2018
International Day Of Women And Girls In Science Highlights That Neuroscience Is Our Future
Last weekend global leaders in science, technology and diplomacy gathered at the United Nations and universities around the world for the third Annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The overall platform aims to mobilize women in a wide range of science disciplines, contributing to achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and the UN's 2030 Development Agenda. When only 30% of the world's researchers are women, this call for educational awareness and advocacy could not be more important to global public health. In recent years, women's involvement - particularly in leadership roles - in the sciences have varied by region and discipline, and continually shift by sector and generational cohorts. The U.S. in particular has seen positive overall results in the number of women in science, but that's not equally reflected in positions of leadership - or for women of color. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, as recently as 2016 Black women (2.9%), Latinas (3.6%) and Asian women (4.8%) collectively made up very small portions of those graduating with STEM degrees.
Posted on 01 Mar 2018
Meet the Scirens: three actresses championing women in STEM
The Scirens, a group of three Hollywood actresses passionate about science, share their commitment to creating new stories for women in STEM with DiscovHER.
Posted on 01 Mar 2018

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