When Christine Betts arrived at the University of Washington in 2016, she planned to study economics. After an introductory computer-science course inspired her, she changed her mind. Betts joins growing ranks of women at influential schools entering the software field. The numbers at some colleges offer a glimmer of hope in an otherwise male-dominated industry.
In this increasingly complex world, we need everyone -- women and men -- to solve problems. We are at a pivotal moment in time as society recognizes the need for gender equity and the critical role that women must play in making the world a better place.
To celebrate Women’s History Month and to honor the contributions women have historically made in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) introduced a bill to expand opportunities for young women to pursue careers in STEM, and ensure the nation can continue to compete in the global economy.
The innovative training program relies on case study teaching methods to increase the skills of STEM women to navigate effectively past instances of bias, inequity or discrimination in the workforce. “We’re great at teaching women science and engineering, but we’ve done a poor job equipping them with skills to overcome gender discrimination, bias and inequity,”...
A Northern Arizona University faculty member is part of a team that examined the difficulties women continue to face in STEM doctoral programs--difficulties that often drive them away from academic research into friendlier fields.
One of the main goals of the Women in Science and Engineering initiative, established in 2015, is to connect professional women employed in STEM fields and create a community of support through networking, social events and mentoring. By directly mentoring young girls interested in pursuing STEM careers, Da Vinci hopes to find ways to spark their interest and achievement in these fields.
In 2015 women were found to make up only 4% of the developer population in the UK, and account for just 16% of the IT sector. Yet women make wide use of tech products and half of gamers are female. While the figures might suggest that women have little to do with IT innovation, the reality is that women have been involved in the IT industry since the dawn of technology.
Countries with greater gender equality see a smaller proportion of women taking degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a new study has found. Policymakers could use the findings to reconsider initiatives to increase women's participation in STEM, say the researchers.
The research found that 45% of women working in STEM jobs were dissatisfied with their current career choice. They also don't expect to continue in STEM jobs for their entire career. As for the factors that discourage them to continue in the job, 46% cited the need to upskill constantly. As much as 39% of respondents were daunted by the long hours, while 36% pointed to the male-dominated office environment.
In their study of gender disparities in education and employment, Ana Maria Munoz-Boudet and Ana Revenga, two experts from the World Bank, found that gender gaps in STEM fields are common around the world. According to the authors, in 2013 only four countries in Europe produced a pool of STEM graduates that were at least 15 percent female.