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Something about STEM drives women out

After about the first 12 years, 50 percent of women who originally worked in STEM fields had moved to other occupations, but only about 20 percent of other professional women left their occupations over the entire three decades of the survey. The result is particularly curious because STEM jobs are often higher paid and offer better working conditions.

[ via Phys.org ]

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GoldieBlox Demands Change With An Incredible New Music Video

The idea for this video, as GoldieBlox says on its website, was to “showcase the amazing inventive power that girls have.” So they rewrote the lyrics to “Girls.” And they got three (awesome) little girls, six engineers and Brett Doar, the brain behind the OK Go!’s Rube Goldberg machine to turn a regular house a house into a “princess machine.”

[ via The Huffington Post ]

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Lucy Rogers, STEM communicator

The key to changing minds and holding interest is to be goal-oriented, Rogers believes. This means describing career choices in terms of what people want to do rather than just as a vague ‘engineering’ catch-all.

[ via The Engineer ]

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It’s not all about hard hats, honest: life as a female engineer

It’s the kind of job that I’d wanted since I was very young. At school, I always loved scientific subjects. Maths was one of my favourite lessons (yes, really) and solving physics problems was more like a game for me. It really annoys me not knowing how stuff works, so when I discovered that as an engineer I could find some of those answers, it seemed like the right choice.

[ via The Telegraph ]

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Natalie Portman: Science’s unlikely heroine?

Portman, who has a degree in psychology from Harvard University, also pointed to the defined gender roles on set: “You don’t see female directors of photography, you don’t see female technical crew members. Usually they’re more on the hair and makeup, and wardrobe side.

[ via CNN ]

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Wanted: Women who want a college degree in a STEM field

At Columbia University, the Women in Computer Science (WiCS) organization hosts campus speakers who talk about what it’s like being a women in a top tech position. They also run a graduate-undergraduate mentorship program to aid underclassmen women in anything from study methods to applying for jobs.

[ via USA Today ]

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Dr. Luisa Whittaker-Brooks Discusses Her L’Oreal Research Fellowship and Latinas in STEM

Dr. Whittaker-Brooks won the fellowship for her post-doctoral research at Princeton University, where she focuses on renewable energy sources, such as solar energy. She hopes that by concentrating on recyclable energy, she can create products that enable all of us to personally capture, store, and release energy that is created from our daily movement, our body heat, or the sun!

[ via Latina ]

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The Need for Belonging in Math and Science

In an excellent paper from 2007, Gregory Walton and Geoffrey Cohen showed that in academic and professional settings, members of socially stigmatized groups were more uncertain of the quality of their social bonds and more sensitive to issues of social belonging. They called this “belonging uncertainty”, and they found it contributed to racial disparities in achievement.

[ via Scientific American ]