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October 26, 2011

Women and Engineering

An interesting contribution to the debate over why women shun engineering careers comes from Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. We know that girls perform as well as boys in the sciences during the high school years. The separation points appear to be when women declare the...

August 29, 2011

Our 'Patriarchal' Society Drives Science and Math Gender Differences?

That's the conclusion of this study which looks at "spacial abilities," the ability to mentally rotate objects -- a talent connected to engineering prowess. This article suggests that this is the issue that got former Harvard President Lawrence Summers in so much trouble when he speculated about the...

August 28, 2011

Drawing More Women Into Programming

Washington Post commentary offering advice.

August 25, 2011

Lack of Women in STEM Hurts Competitiveness

That's the conclusion of this Commerce Department report. Most interesting: the numbers show the gap is not closing. The report, "Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation," found that while the work force comprises 48 percent women, they hold just 24 percent of STEM jobs. At the undergraduate leve...

August 16, 2011

College Romance v. STEM

Here's an angle that never occurred to me, served up by Inside HIgher Education.

August 07, 2011

Dept. of Commerce Makes the STEM Argument

More women need to major in STEM subjects and pursue careers in those areas, argues the department. Given the gender imbalances on college campuses, the department is right.

August 05, 2011

Intel Chief Omits Something

Paul Otellini does a great job laying out the case for boosting the number of engineering graduates in the U.S., but neglects to mention that the college gender gaps are a big player here. College enrollments soared while engineering majors sagged because the boom in college enrollment came from wom...

August 04, 2011

The STEM Gender Gap

For an apolitical look at the gender salary gap issue, examine the gender imbalances in science and math majors. This from Inside Higher Education: The U.S. Department of Commerce released new data on Wednesday on the gender gap in science and technology fields -- stressing the economic impact on ...

July 14, 2011

Girls Sweep Google Science Fair

What the article doesn't include are the gender breakdowns on the students who elected to compete for the honor. That's where this issue gets interesting. What I've observed in other competitions is that girls are more motivated. The movement launched 15 years ago to steer more girls into upper lev...

June 24, 2011

By Fifth Grade It's Over

Some hopeful advice on luring more women into technology pursuits -- assuming girls haven't fallen behind by fifth grade. From the interview: Q. What would get more women to choose careers in technology? Ms. MacLean: We need to get girls interested in computing by first grade. By fifth grade, it'...

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