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."
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.