News Archive 2011
Study Debunks Myths About Gender and Math Performance
ScienceDaily | December 12, 2011
A major study of recent international data on school mathematics performance casts doubt on some common assumptions about gender and math achievement -- in particular, the idea that girls and women have less ability due to a difference in biology.
Call for Nominations: 2012 WRC Distinguished Alumna and Student Awards
The Women's Resource Centre | December 8, 2011
The WRC Awards celebrate and honour the Wisdom, Resilience and Compassion of our female alumni and students. The WRC is extending an invitation to the U of C campus community to nominate a deserving alumna and/or a current U of C female student.
The Academic Women's Association is back!
Advisor to the President on Women's Issues | December 6, 2011
Due to popular demand, the Office of the Advisor to the President on Women's Issues is coordinating the rejuvination of the Academic Women's Association. They are now issuing a Call for Nominationsto form a new Executive and are looking for committed, dynamic individuals to help steer the new AWA into a vibrant future.
Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation: A Building Block for Women in Engineering
Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation | December 6, 2011
The Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation's (CEMF) press release regarding scholarships.
Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100
The Financial Post | December 6, 2011
The Women’s Executive Network honours 100 women who are 2011′s top achiever’s – and leaders – in Canada’s private, public and not-for-profit sectors
Scientific American Defends Marie Curie—and Women Scientists—in 1911
Scientific American | December 6, 2011
A look back to a Scientific American 'Sex and Scientific Recognition' article from 1911.
Message to women: Apply for high tech jobs!
CBS News | December 1, 2011
It's true and it's shocking: Just one in every 10 computer science graduates is a woman. Getting more females on the tech track is becoming a priority for industry leaders.
Mentorship & Leadership Program at Women's Resource Centre: Call for Protégées
The Women's Resource Centre | November 28, 2011
The WRC is currently accepting participants for Women Guiding Women Mentorship and
Leadership Training Program.
Gender equality in science – that would be an innovation
Science|Business | November 3, 2011
“Specific measures are needed to support women’s scientific careers [to increase economic competitiveness.]”
Stanford dean shares research on 'stereotype threat'
Palo Alto Online | October 31, 2011
Fear of being judged based on negative stereotype causes low performance, research says
Women Aren't Becoming Engineers Because of Confidence Issues, Study Suggests
ScienceDaily | October 25, 2011
"The study found that the real issue for female engineering students is their lack of "professional role confidence."
Women in science: The gender divide remains
The Daily Princetonian | October 21, 2011
"In most discussions about gender parity in the sciences, the leaky pipeline theory is frequently mentioned....women drop out from science programs at every level of education. [Women] remove themselves from the pool by not even applying to program..."
The White House and National Science Foundation Announce New Workplace Flexibility Policies to Support America’s Scientists and Their Families
The White House Office of the Press Secretary | Sept. 26, 2011
The White House announces a new 10-year plan to retain female researchers in STEM.
Technology Industry's Gender Gap Seen Hampering Competitiveness
Bloomberg Businessweek | September 17, 2011
"The lack of women in technology will hinder U.S. companies' global competitiveness, leaving a valuable source of female workers untapped..."
Women in Science
The Huffington Post | September 12, 2011
"...women in science face exactly the same challenges as professional women in all domains: discrimination, pay gaps and glass ceilings... Some policies might need to be adapted to the particularities of academia or science, but policies are direly needed in all fields."
Career advice from the top women at SAIT and the University of Calgary
The Calgary Herald | September 10, 2011
"Cannon’s advice for women considering a change or even starting a new career is simple. “Follow your passion. You want to ensure the time you invest in your career is doing what you love to do, that you are making a difference, providing value...And not staying in your comfort zone too long. I always try to get myself in situations where I’m being stretched and challenged.”
Eyeopener Podcast for August 31st
CBC Radio Calgary | August 31, 2011
U of C's Dr. Betsy Jameson talks about the gender pay gap.
Gender wage gap greatest at University of Calgary
The Calgary Herald | August 31, 2011
"Male professors earned on average about $20,168 more than female professors this year at the University of Calgary, the largest gender wage discrepancy among 29 institutions featured in a recent Statistics Canada report...[after a regression analysis] there was still a $3,000 discrepancy in male and female salaries that this equation could not account for.”
Where are all the women engineers?
Vancouver Sun | August 30, 2011
"...despite a number of equity and diversity initiatives over the past decade, the number of women entering the profession remains stubbornly - and many would say troublingly - low."
When computer programming was ‘women’s work’
The Washington Post | August 26, 2011
“It’s just like planning a dinner,” Adm. Grace Hopper, a computer science pioneer, explained to “Cosmopolitan” readers in a 1967 story. “You have to plan ahead and schedule everything so it’s ready when you need it.”
So seriously, why aren’t there more women in science?
The Conversation | August 24, 2011
Things have certainly improved, with participation in many branches of science at undergraduate and graduate levels now broadly balanced between the sexes. And yet by mid-career – as people progress into their 30s – a serious gender gap starts to appear. Climb the ladder to senior research positions and the disparity deepens.
Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation
Economics and Statistics Administration - United States Department of Commerce | August 3, 2011
A report outlining the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields and the importance closing the gap to foster innovation. The findings of this report provide evidence of a need to encourage and support women in STEM.
Conservation of an endangered species: the female scientist
guardian.co.uk | July 22, 2011
"What can we do to help the world benefit from more women in science? We don't need to worry too much about enthusing the most junior set as they are doing a good job for themselves, and in some cases outnumbering the men. Instead, we believe the key to increased representation of women in science lies firstly in ensuring that mechanisms are put in place for the career costs of parenthood to be more equally distributed between men and women."
Women In Power: Susan Hockfield, MIT President, on Women in Science, Revolutionary Technologies, Why U.S. Policies Must Change
The Huffington Post | June 22, 2011
"It is very clear to me--and I wish it were clear to everyone else--that the reason I am president of MIT right now is because of decades of very hard work by generations of women before me," Susan Hockfield
Women Atop Their Fields Dissect the Scientific Life
New York Times | June 6, 2011
Top female scients talk about their lives as scientists, the joys and struggles of research, and the specific challenges women in science face. (See also Women in science: A rare breed)
Maximizing Opportunities: Increasing Women’s Participation in Science and Engineering
NSERC | May 26, 2011
NSERC, in partnership with Engineers Canada and Research In Motion, brought together leaders from academia and the private sector with policy makers and students to tackle key issues related to increasing women’s participation in science and engineering.
Bringing Them Back
Inside Higher Ed | May 17, 2011
Increasing the ranks of women faculty members in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines has become an area of intense focus for academe in recent years. The University of Washington's On-Ramps into Academia program coaches talented and accomplished women on how to leave their positions in private industry and return to campus.
Recruiting women to the 'man's world'
The Edmonton Journal | May 14, 2011
Mentoring and awareness programs are gradually working to increase the number of female students in science and engineering.
Schools aim to engineer gender parity
The Calgary Herald | May 7, 2011
Efforts to get more female students into science and engineering fields, where they make up on average just 17.5 per cent nationally, are gradually working to boost those numbers through a variety of mentoring and awareness programs [at the Schulich School of Engineering].
From Kindergarten to the Boardroom: The Top Priorities
The Wall Street Journal | April 11, 2011
Women face unique challenges at specific stages of their careers. Task-force participants at The Wall Street Journal's Women in the Economy Conference ... came up with four priorities each for dealing with each phase of the career life cycle for women.
Narrowing the gender divide
The Tech (MIT) | April 1, 2011
MIT's Latest report gives an overall positive view of MIT from the women faculty, noting significant changes since the first report was published in 1999
Gains, and Drawbacks, for Female Professors
The New York Times | March 21, 2011
When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology acknowledged 12 years ago that it had discriminated against female professors in “subtle but pervasive” ways, it became a national model for addressing gender inequity. Now, an evaluation of those efforts shows substantial progress — and unintended consequences....
Work Climate the Main Reason Women Leave Engineering, Survey Suggests
ScienceDaily | March 10, 2011
Women who leave engineering jobs after obtaining the necessary degree are significantly more likely to leave the field because of an uncomfortable work climate than because of family reasons, according to a study being undertaken at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).
International Women's Day 2011
Status of Women Canada | Mar. 8, 2011
This year's theme: Girls' Rights Matter / Les droits des filles comptent – focuses on the importance of equality and access to opportunity for all girls and women throughout their lives.
Women find rewarding careers in engineering and geoscience
Calgary Herald | Mar. 3, 2011
There was a time when women were a rare sight in engineering and geoscience, but after decades of hard work, those numbers have risen.
Flawed Study Dismissing Job Bias Thrills Media
Women in Science | Feb. 22, 2011
Researchers Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams say women's underrepresentation is mostly a matter of career preferences and fertility and lifestyle choices....This rosy scenario about the decline of sex discrimination is very flawed.
(see Choices - not discrimination - determine women scientists' success, Cornell Chronicle Online | Feb. 7, 2011 for more information)
Gender Gap: Selection Bias Snubs Scholarly Achievements of Female Scientists, Study Suggests
ScienceDaily | Feb. 22, 2011
Women scientists must confront sexism when competing for scholarly awards, according to a new analysis.
Negative+Math+Stereotypes=Too few women
Gender News | Feb. 14, 2011
How gendered beliefs funnel women away from science and engineering (and what can be done about it)
Choices - not discrimination - determine women scientists' success
Cornell Chronicle Online | Feb. 7, 2011
It's an incendiary topic in academia -- the pervasive belief that women are underrepresented in science, math and engineering fields because they face sex discrimination...the National Academy of Sciences, Cornell social scientists say it's just not true.
Engineering needs more women
The Gauntlet | Feb. 03, 2011
I have a professor who is quite different from my others. No, it's not the hair or the shoes or the teaching method. She is a woman. And as an engineering student, she is my first full-semester female professor this year.
The Persistence of the No-problem Problem
Gender News | Jan. 31, 2011
In 1990, Professor Deborah L. Rhode identified what she called the "No-Problem Problem." Despite the persistent issues of sexual violence, political and economic inequality, work force segregation, and inequitable division of household labor, the gender revolution seemed to be stuck and activism on women's issues was tepid. Rhode believed the problem was a lack of public awareness about the extent of gender inequality-a belief that women were moving up, barriers were breaking down, and justice was just around the corner.
Stanford Professor Calls Women's Equality 'Stalled and Uneven'
Palo Alto Patch | Jan. 8, 2011
After nearly three decades of staggering progress for gender equality in the workplace, the classroom and in households, nothing significant has happened since the mid-1990s, says Stanford Sociology Professor Paula England.
Keeping Women in Science on a Tenure Track
Economix | Jan. 5, 2011
More women are obtaining Ph.D.’s in science than ever before, but those women — largely because of pressures from having a family — are far more likely than their male counterparts to “leak” out of the research science pipeline before obtaining tenure at a college or university.
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