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—
FASEB Public Affairs (@FASEBopa) January 21, 2015
“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.
President Obama, speaking to the Senior Executive Service, recognized Julie Kramer White, Orion’s chief engineer, for the successful Orion flight test. He also noted the spacecraft’s mission, saying that “when a human is the first to set foot (on Mars), they will have Julie and her team to thank and at that point, I’ll be out of the presidency and I might hitch a ride.”
President Obama Speaks to Senior Executive Service
President Obama recognizes Orion Chief Engineer Julie Kramer White during remarks.
Today I posted that the European Space Agency’s landing of Philae on Comet 67P made science history. But, I was wrong. The Philae Lander and Rosetta Spacecraft Mission has made history for HUMANKIND!!! The Philae lander is a huge step forward for space technology and science! It is also just plain exciting!
ESA (@esa) November 12, 2014
One of the coolest parts about the ESA Rosetta Mission, is that the team of scientists and engineers in charge of the Comet Landing included WOMEN! Compare this to the team of NASA scientists and engineers that sent astronauts to the moon (JoAnn Hardin Morgan was the single woman engineer at NASA during Apollo 11). However, the Rosetta Mission is not the first time women have contributed to amazing things in space. Check out Beverly Wettenstein’s long list of incredible contributions women have made in space!
The ESA Rosetta Mission included at least four women who are listed as team members, but I would guess there are many more who contributed but are not listed!
It takes hundreds of people — machinists, engineers, scientists, and many others — to get a spacecraft from the planning stages to its destination in outer space. The people in this gallery represent just a few of the folks who make space exploration ideas a reality.
Let’s celebrate Claudia Alexander (U.S. Rosetta Project Scientist), Margaret Frerking (Co-I with MIRO instrument), Lori Feaga, (ALICE Co-I with University of Maryland), Marilia Samara (ScRI, EIS instrument), and the many other women who contributed to the Rosetta Mission. CauseScience applauds all of these women for their amazing success today, and over the last decade of the mission. These women are the best at what they do, and break down barriers for girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!! CONGRATS!!
Max Mutchler (@maxmutchler) November 12, 2014
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Please inform CauseScience if you know other women that were part of ESA’s Rosetta Mission so we can add their names!
Add Professor Monica Grady to the list of Rosetta women!!
You may have read about shirtgate, and how Rosetta Project Scientist Matt Taylor has been ridiculed on twitter for his sexist and embarassing choice of clothing. While it is certainly important to draw attention to his harmful behavior, celebrating the amazing women that contributed to the history of HUMANKIND is much more important!!
The ESA has truly made science history!!! Twitter and everyone else is celebrating the successful landing of Philae on Comet #67P from the Rosetta Spacecraft! !
Unfortunately, the ESA also made science history today for having poor and sexist garment choices be a part of their press interaction. One of the main project scientists for ESA’s Rosetta project, Matt Taylor, decided to wear the shirt shown in the tweets below on TV coverage of the historic landing. UGH! For more perspective on this, check out this great post by Small Pond Science!
His shirt says to girls watching from their elementary classrooms: Science is not for you. You shouldn’t be an engineer sending robots into space.
His shirt says to women in STEM: I have no respect for you as a professional. When I look at you, I see a sex object, and not a colleague.
UPDATE: While it is important to talk about the many reasons Matt Taylor’s decision was so far from ok, it also strikes CauseScience that publicizing the bad behavior of a man is also a dis-service to the women of Rosetta Mission (they should be getting the press). Check out the CauseScience follow up post celebrating the women of the ESA Rosetta Mission!
UPDATE 2: CauseScience has left up as many comments as possible. However, a number of comments had to be taken down due to either language or content that was not appropriate for this blog audience. Comments were not taken down for criticizing or disagreeing with this post. If commenters cannot comment using appropriate language, their comment has no place here.
This is the scientific head of operations for the ESA’s rosetta project. Cool shirt for an engineer 🙂 http://t.co/AfWEox9sLo—
John Papadakis (@yannisp) November 12, 2014
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When we said there should be more women in science, this is NOT what we meant. https://t.co/s7ofbpmwSQ—
Lindsay Waldrop (@invertenerd) November 12, 2014
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