Feeling isolated is no fun even when what you're doing is. Maybe that's why more 60-year-old men don't take ballet classes. After all, sometimes that feeling of being an outlier or interloper can keep you from doing things that actually interest you.
The share of women in the U.S. computing workforce will decline from 24 percent to 22 percent by 2025, according to new research from Accenture and Girls Who Code. But interventions to encourage girls to pursue a computer science education could triple the number of women in computing to 3.9 million, growing their share of technology jobs from 24 percent today to 39 percent in the same timeframe.
Rose Broome, founder and chief executive officer of HandUp, grew up in California's Silicon Valley, playing in computer server rooms and making backup tapes. As an undergraduate at Santa Clara University, she studied computer science and business computing as an information systems student, but then switched disciplines. Graduating with a degree in campaign management, Broome thought that it would enable her to do more community-focused work, such as public health messaging.
Scientific American and Macmillan Learning held the STEM Summit 4.0 at the New York Academy of Sciences. Educators, entrepreneurs and government employees gathered in a space overlooking the lower Manhattan skyline to listen to and discuss strategies for teaching and engaging students in STEM topics. This year’s theme: The Power of Data.
New research may explain why women shun STEM and business degrees. Human Capital Investments and Expectations About Career and Family, a recent report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, reveals that women college students believe majoring in STEM and business subjects them to a “marriage market” penalty, reducing their chances of getting married and having kids by a certain age.
The UC Davis College of Engineering hosted its fourth annual C-STEM Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camp this summer. The GIRL Camp is a week-long program that teaches 7th and 8th grade girls the principles of engineering and technology through problem-solving activities.
With a shout out from the White House, the efforts to teach computer coding to more Kanawha County, West Virginia, girls expanded Wednesday, with plans for an initiative that started with just female students to further grow and, eventually, expand beyond women and Kanawha’s borders.
A recent report revealed that 8th grade girls scored higher than boys on technology and engineering literacy tests. 45 % of girls scored proficient or better on the test, while the percentage for boys was slightly lower at 42 % scoring proficiently or better. The report challenges an existing imbalance we see in society today – where men significantly outnumber women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors and careers.
Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88 and other thought leaders offer advice to students on how women in STEM fields can develop skills for navigating life and work. Not that many years ago, Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88 was poised to embark on a career in technology, a field long dominated by white men. Now, the MIT alumna is the United States’ Chief Technology Officer, and she’s determined to tamp down gender bias and step up diversity, especially in STEM.
Many women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have faced a common experience at some point during their college days -- they walked into a classroom and found that they were among a small handful of women in the class, or even the only one. That kind of experience has the potential to make a talented, motivated student feel out-of-place, and compel her to search for more inclusive academic environments...