Women are less successful in receiving research funding than men if the selection process focusses on the scientist making the pitch rather than the science presented, according to new research released Friday. In an edition of The Lancet medical journal dedicated entirely to gender issues in health and science, the paper showed that the gap between male and female success rates in grant acceptance grew when things got personal.
Today, February 11th, is International Women and Girls in Science Day. Despite the best efforts of many parents, teachers, and policymakers over the last two decades, we have yet to see the number of girls studying science and women entering scientific fields achieve parity. By most accounts, the numbers are still dismal.
Single-sex schools are growing in popularity. Many of them bring a focus on STEM topics, an appealing perk for parents who want their daughters to get a leg up in those fast-growing fields or who see these programs as a way to ensure that their daughters are honing the critical thinking and foundational life skills (like grit, curiosity, and perseverance) that will set them up for lifelong success, regardless of the career they choose.
The need for more scientists and engineers is a persistent issue plaguing industries throughout the United States. Several initiatives created to prioritize science, technology, engineering and mathematics in schools are helping educators prepare more diverse students and workers for STEM fields. However, these efforts might be falling short when it comes to representation of people of color, according to a University of Missouri researcher.
Girl Powered, a global initiative that is increasing girls' access to and confidence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, launches a series of hands-on workshops this month. The Girl Powered Flagship Event, to be held Oct. 20 from 10am - 2pm CT, for students grades 2-12, at Texas Instruments (TI) headquarters in Dallas, will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Knatokie Ford, biomedical scientist, former White House Senior Policy Advisor and female STEM education advocate.
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Discovery Education announced Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist - a national initiative to spark girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The program will provide educators, Girl Scout troop leaders, and families with standards-aligned curriculum aimed at addressing gender equity in STEM education through a series of girl-led, girl-tested and girl-approved resources for students in grades 2-5.
Male TV and film characters holding jobs in science, technology, engineering and math outnumber women nearly two-to-one, a new study conducted by the Lyda Hill Foundation and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media finds. The “Portray Her” study analyzed STEM characters in entertainment media and surveyed women about their perceptions of STEM careers.
Although there are many factors that may contribute to the reason why there are so few women in the field, a piece of research from Stanford University aims to understand how negative stereotypes affect performance in academic setting. Professor Greg Walton from Stanford University published a study which aimed to understand the stereotype threat and overall scholastic performance.
According to that research, HackerRank estimated that 17 percent of its users are women overall. But by narrowing the data set just to 2016, they found that 24 percent of users that year were women. They also found that India, the United Arab Emirates, Romania, China, Sri Lanka, and Italy are the six countries with the highest percentage of women developers.