International Day of the Girl is celebrated in October and celebrates and highlights opportunities for girls across the globe. Over 47% of the workforce is women, and we all need to be celebrated! Women in STEM fields should be particularly celebrated, as they are underrepresented and often face discrimination working in STEM fields. Teza technologies has provided CauseScience with the infographic below to draw attention to women in STEM fields during the month of October, take a look!
On March 23, 2015, President Obama met with American’s young scientists and engineers who debuted their innovative projects and experiments at the White House for the fifth annual White House Science Fair.
Today is the 2015 White House Science Fair!!! More info here!
Welcome! On March 23rd, President Obama is hosting the 5th White House Science Fair, welcoming young scientists and engineers from across America to show off their inventions, discoveries, and innovative projects. Join the Science Fair fun by sharing photos and stories of YOUR science projects. Go ahead, geek out! #WHScienceFair
Given international trends, the United States will relinquish its historical international lead in biomedical research in the next decade unless certain measures are undertaken.
This is the issue that wakes me up at night when I try to contemplate the future of where biomedical research can go in the United States. (Young Scientists) are finding themselves in a situation that is the least supportive of that vision in 50 years. They look ahead of them and see the more senior scientists struggling to keep their labs going and suffering rejection after rejection of grants that previously would have been supportive. And they wonder, ‘Do we really want to sign up for that?’ And many of them, regrettably, are making the decision to walk away.
Professor Joan C. Williams and the Center for WorkLife Law released the report, which demonstrates in startling fashion how subtle—and not-so-subtle—bias shapes the daily work lives of women in STEM, and how women’s experience of gender bias is shaped by race. Summarized here.
Double Jeopardy? Gender Bias Against Women of Color in Science was written by Professor Joan C. Williams with coauthors Katherine Phillips of Columbia and Erika Hall of Emory University.
“This is the first time someone has asked women whether they have encountered in actual workplaces the specific types of gender bias documented in social psychologists’ labs,” said Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Hastings, and Director of the Center for WorkLife Law. “The startling result: 100% of the women interviewed reported gender bias. Also, studies of gender bias generally focus on the experiences of White women, leaving unanswered the major question of whether the same patterns of bias extend to women of color. This report finds that women of color experience pervasive gender bias—but in ways that often differ from the ways White women experience it.”
Significant findings of the report include:
- 100% of the women interviewed reported gender bias.
- Black women are more likely (77%) than other women (66%) to report having to prove themselves over and over again.
- The stereotype that Asians are good at science appears to help Asian-American women with students—but not with colleagues.
- Asian-Americans reported both more pressure than other groups of women to adhere to traditionally feminine roles and more pushback if they don’t.
- Latinas who behave assertively risk being seen as “angry” or “too emotional,” even when they report they weren’t angry; they just weren’t deferential.
- Latinas report being pressured by colleagues to do admin support work for their male colleagues, such as organizing meetings and filling out forms.
- Both Latinas and Black women report regularly being mistaken as janitors.
The implication: women leave STEM in response to pervasive and persistent gender bias.
I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine . #SOTU—
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“I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine.” – President Obama #SOTU—
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"I’m launching a new nationwide Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes" —Obama #SOTU—
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Leo King has written an awesome piece for Forbes.com profiling NASA’s Niki Werkheiser! Her work includes the 3D printing of tools and more on board the International Space Station!! Check out the profile!!
Niki Werkheiser, a NASA project manager, is no ordinary scientist. She is bringing about a transformation in the entire future of space exploration.
Her personal development to become a pioneering woman working in technology is equally remarkable.