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Why Aren’t Women Interested in Computer Science?
The Wall Street Journal | September 25, 2013
In 2011, women made up 27% of computer occupations, but the number has dropped since 1990 when it was 34%. The fault lies with the media...
Why Women (Like Me) Choose Lower-Paying Jobs
NPR | September 11, 2013
Women are overrepresented among majors that don't pay very well (psychology, art, comparative literature), and underrepresented in lots of lucrative majors (most fields in engineering). And even when they choose high-paying majors, women often don't choose high-paying jobs.
Mission Possible: What Natalie Panek's space odyssey means for young women
"[We need] more female mentors, in engineering and the sciences, at the forefront of the media. Have them at the focal point of the media using the Internet, radio, and TV."
Racy mugs demean women engineers, says advocate
CBC News | A group that promotes women in the sciences has joined Memorial University's Dean of Engineering in condemning a racy message on beer mugs handed out during a recent student party.
More women are going into math and science but bypassing tech careers
Quartz | Despite some visible female CEOs at IBM, Hewlett Packard and Yahoo, women are turning off computer careers even as more of them sign onto other science or technical jobs.
Mystery of the Missing Women in Science
The New York Times | September 2, 2013
Girls and boys have equal aptitude and equal interest in science, so why don't more girls end up in science careers?
The lamentable lack of female professors - Promotion and self-promotion
The Economist | August 31, 2013
Women may fail to win chairs because they do not cite themselves enough
Alumna Natalie Panek speaks at the 2013 Women in Engineering Breakfast
YouTube | August 22, 2013
Schulich School of Engineering Alumna Natalie Panek speaks about her experiences and the roles of women in the engineering field at the school's Engineering Associates Program's annual Women in Engineering breakfast.
Do gender-atypical professions attract smarter youngsters?
Science Omega | August 22, 2013
[The researchers] contend that youngsters who follow unconventional career paths require additional resources and self-confidence in order to overcome the preconceptions that exist within their chosen professions.
Women Nobel Prize Winners: 16 Women Who Defied Odds To Win Science's Top Award
The Huffington Post | August 18, 2013
Of the 357 people awarded a Nobel in the science categories — Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, and Economic Sciences — only 16 have been women (see slideshow at end of article).
Why Bragging Is Good For Women
The Huffington Post | July 29, 2013
With growing concerns about the value and need for highly trained scientists and engineers, there's an enormous opportunity for women to take on leadership positions in companies, academics and government in fields focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Women In Technology: Overcoming Obstacles to STEM Careers
Network Computing |July 11, 2013
For a woman, a career in IT can be an exercise in isolation. According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, women hold 56% of all professional occupations, but only 11% of executives at Fortune 500 tech companies are women.
Seeking gender equality in LEGO world
CNN | July 4, 2013
Gender stereotypes in children's products, and how they reinforce stereotypes with discourage girls from fully participating in STEM.
In Her Words: Sylvia Earle on Women in Science
National Geographic | June 14, 2013
In light of recent public discussions about women in the sciences, National Geographic asked Sylvia Earle to discuss her experiences as a woman in a field previously considered a man's world.
University scores hat trick in national engineering awards
UToday | June 14, 2013
The University of Calgary was the big winner at the annual Engineers Canada Awards Gala held in Yellowknife this past weekend, claiming three of the eight categories presented.
How Astronaut Sally Ride Opened Science’s Doors to Women
Smithsonian.com | May 21, 2013
The National Air and Space Museum honored the late pioneer astronaut Sally Ride recently with a panel discussion entitled “Sally Ride: How Her Historic Space Mission Opened Doors for Women in Science.”
6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism
National Geographic | May 19, 2013
Despite enormous progress in recent decades, women still have to deal with biases against them in the sciences. Many female scientists aren't given recognition for the accomplishments.
Women conspicuously absent from tech industries
Herald Business | May 3, 2013
The lack of females working as programmers and developers represents a troubling trend that has everyone from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to Digital Nova Scotia president Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia sounding the alarm for change.
How One College Is Closing The Computer Science Gender Gap
WBUR | May 1, 2013
There are still relatively few women in tech. Maria Klawe wants to change that. As president of Harvey Mudd College, a science and engineering school in Southern California, she's had stunning success getting more women involved in computing.
The battle to be taken seriously: women in engineering
The Guardian | April 26, 2013
It's not rocket science, but even if it was, engineers should be able to find the answer to recruiting more women into senior positions
Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick
KQED | April 24, 2013
Many girls believe their abilities are fixed, that individuals are born with gifts and can’t change. Research finds that when girls think this way, they often give up, rather than persisting through difficulties. They don’t think they possess the ability to improve, and nowhere is the phenomenon stronger than in math.
For women in science, it’s still chilly out there
The Berkeley Blog | April 23, 2013
Survival in field-based academic science can’t just be about who can put up with or witness abuse the longest – that is not an appropriate metric to measure who is the best at their science
Women In Science Disadvantaged: Work By Male Scientists Associated With Higher Quality
The Huffington Post | April 22, 2013
Working in the sciences is notoriously challenging for women -- men outnumber and out-earn them across the biological, life, physical and social sciences. And now, new research from Ohio State University has found that, not only are scientific articles written by men thought to be higher quality than those written by women, but also that people are more interested in collaborating with male scientists than female ones.
Harper Government launches call for proposals to increase opportunitIes for women in non-traditional roles
Canada Newswire | April 19, 2013
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today called for projects that will increase opportunities for women in non-traditional roles, as part of a call for proposals to increase economic opportunities for women in Canada.
Female computer science grads learn from wise profs
UToday | April 17, 2013
An audience of female computer scientists learned about the professional and personal choices made by successful female industry pioneers at an informational luncheon held on April 5 with guest professor Susan Landau.
Gender Equality in European Research
Science | April 16, 2013
the European Commission released its latest snapshot of the representation of women in science. The gap appears to be closing—slowly—but more needs to be done.
Girls do have a math problem: Teacher bias
mnn.com | April 9, 2013
Teachers may be expressing a bias against female students — a bias that they are not consciously aware of and one that may be affecting the students' grades.
Women make better decisions than men
e! Science News | March 26, 2013
Women's abilities to make fair decisions when competing interests are at stake make them better corporate leaders, researchers have found. A survey of more than 600 board directors showed that women are more likely to consider the rights of others and to take a cooperative approach to decision-making. This approach translates into better performance for their companies.
How Cultural Stereotypes Lure Women Away From Careers in Science
Time | March 25, 2013
Women may be underrepresented in science and technology not because they are less skilled in those areas or because they face specific gender barriers to entering these fields, but because they may find better opportunities elsewhere.
More career options may explain why fewer women pursue jobs in science and math
Phys.org | March 19, 2013
Women may be less likely to pursue careers in science and math because they have more career choices
How female scientists find their inspiration
The Globe and Mail | March 11, 2013
Female scientists bring a different perspective to how they conduct research and approach innovation. Some argue that women’s contributions are often aimed at a broader, more diverse population.
Why are there still so few women in science and tech?
Fortune | March 11, 2013
Engineering and tech are the last bastions of gender imbalance in the workplace, but it doesn't have to be that way, says one female engineer.
5 reasons women trail men in science
Live Science | March 6, 2013
Though women now receive half the doctorates in science and engineering in the United States, they make up only 21 percent of full science professors and a measly 5 percent of full engineering professors. This article outlines the top 5 reasons for this gender gap.
President Cannon outlines her top five lessons in leadership and life
UToday | February 28, 2013
Elizabeth Cannon shared the top five lessons she has learned in leadership and life as she delivered a keynote speech Thursday, Feb. 21 at a Deloitte Women of Influence luncheon in Calgary.
Female high school students become engineers for a day
UToday | February 21, 2013
The halls of the Schulich School of Engineering will be bustling with 244 female high-school students on Thursday, Feb. 21 exploring the wide range of jobs in the field of engineering.
Tackling gender inequality at work
The Guardian | February 6, 2013
Upskilling women isn't enough to achieve equal opportunity – employers need a dedicated, long-term gender strategy
Girls and science: why the gender gap exists and what to do about it
The Guardian | February 5, 2013
There was bad news from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Tuesday, which found that 15-year-old girls around the world, outperform boys in science – except for in the United States, Britain and Canada.
Lingering misconceptions keep women from entering the technology sector
The Financial Post | February 4, 2013
Women make up 47% of the overall Canadian workforce. Yet they comprise just 24% of the tech sector workforce. An even smaller percentage of women hold management positions within the field. In the third quarter of 2012, 14,000 women left the tech sector labour force. By comparison, only 2,000 men departed the sector.
Clues to a Troubling Gap
The New York Times | February 4, 2013
Girls outperformed boys in more countries in a science test given to 15-year-old students in 65 countries — but in the United States, boys led the girls.
UBC gives all female tenure-stream faculty a 2 per cent raise
The Globe and Mail | February 2, 2013
The University of British Columbia is striking a blow at gender inequity in professors’ pay, promising all tenure-stream female faculty a 2 per cent pay hike by the end of the month
Opinion: The Successes of Women in STEM
The Scientist | January 23, 2013
Women have come a long way, but roadblocks remain
Countries must address lack of women in science and technology fields – UN
United Nations Regional Information Centre | January 8, 2013
Women and girls run the risk of being left behind in scientific and technological fields if countries do not put measures in place to address discrimination and change traditional attitudes, the United Nations said today, warning that this gap constitutes an obstacle to nations’ progress.