North Carolina State University graduate Christina Koch blasted off into space on the first ever all female spacewalk on Thursday. She’s just one of the many women who are paving the way for females entering STEM fields, which include working in and the study of science, technology, engineering and math.
In an effort to close the gender gap in STEM, a $25 million commitment from the Lyda Hill Foundation will help to build a coalition of science institutions along with names and brands in popular culture to help fund and elevate women in STEM fields.
Good intentions are nice, but they aren’t enough, the TV news show 60 Minutes recently proved. The show’s producers apparently meant well when they decided to do a segment on women in technology and the gender gap, which aired March 4. But they ended up punching women in the gut, as the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, puts it in her response to the segment.
The study, published in JAMA, looks at National Institutes of Health grants from 2006 to 2017. Female first-time principal investigators received a median grant of $126,615, across all grant and institution types during that period. First-time male grantees, meanwhile, got $165,721. The difference is just about $40,000 -- arguably enough to make or break a project, or a career.
Who are the Women in STEM who changed the world through science, technology, engineering and mathematics? We asked this question of women at Ayogo, adding “who are the women in STEM you wish you knew?” Here’s our list of 13 amazingly cool women in STEM who we wish we knew.
There are incredible opportunities available for workers willing to attain the necessary skills. Despite that, few bachelor’s degrees in computing or engineering awarded in 2017 went to women. The totals stood at just about 17% for computer science and 27.2% for general engineering. What’s the cause of this achievement gap in STEM-related fields?
Women face many barriers when it comes to post-secondary education, and this is especially true in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as in traditionally male-dominated trades like welding. These barriers are even higher for mature female students -- those who are at least 24 years old -- who are often discriminated against when they want to pursue their studies.
The IT company Cognizant has supported the development of the STEM workforce for years, most notably through its Making the Future program. This strategy falls in line with a larger trend of corporations using their funding to train and upskill the kinds of employees they will need, as we’ve reported. Making the Future launched in 2011 and focuses on Maker culture and spaces--creative, hands-on learning environments where people experience and explore STEM equipment, processes, and making.
In 1997, less than one-fourth (23 percent) of the U.S.-trained SEH doctorate holders working in the U.S. were women. Twenty years later, that number had increased to 35 percent. While these percentages demonstrate a significant increase, they show that female participation is still lagging behind women’s share of the U.S. population. In the report, the NSF researchers also examined the growth in the number of female U.S.-trained SEH doctorate holders in several broadly defined S&T occupations...
Not every child will be an astronaut, but all children have dreams that can benefit from hard work and parental support. Lamp says she tried to encourage her daughter to follow her passions and treat setbacks as opportunities for growth. Children should explore, she says, and take risks and try new things and fail and try again. "I don't like to see kids over-structured," she says. "They need to be creative."