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How Failure, Big Brands and Men Can Help Close the Gender Gap in STEM

Pursuing a career in STEM can be a challenge for any student, but research suggests that the path for women in STEM can be particularly difficult. Thankfully, the call to support more women and girls as they pursue STEM is clear, and there are many organizations and initiatives that have joined the movement. Three recent articles highlight strategies for improving female engagement in STEM: Provide surmountable obstacles. In the Huffington Post, middle school science teacher Julie Rohl explains that she facilitates success in her female STEM ...

Supporting Our Girls: The Key to Closing the Gender Gap in STEM Education

The American economy relies on the productivity, entrepreneurship, and creativity of all its people, yet women are being left behind in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Supporting more women in STEM is the key, and NMSI is taking the steps to bridge this gap, but there is still much work to be done. To address and shed some new light on this pressing matter, STEMconnector and Tata Consultancy Services have issued a new white paper highlighting the vast disparities between men and women in the ...

Beautiful Faces, Brilliant Minds: Supporting More Women in STEM

“Why are there still so few women in science?” This is a question that should not exist in the 21st century, and it is one that Eileen Pollack seeks an answer to in her New York Times article. Pollack paints a surprisingly grim picture of the current state of women in STEM fields. “Only one-fifth of physics Ph.D.’s in this country are awarded to women,” she writes as an opening example, “and only about half of those women are American.” Even more surprising is the new evidence she cites ...

Changing the Conversation on STEM Education

Original post by Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar can be found here. Katie Speights, UT Austin chemical  engineering student, with Dr. Bonnie  Dunbar. Katie was the winner of the  International NAE Film Competition. In 2005, the National Academies published Rising Above the Gathering Storm (RAGS), which provided clarity to what many of us had suspected with respect to science and math education in this nation.  Complementary NSF data documented the declining interest in high school graduates to follow STEM careers. The 2010 National Academies report Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5 lamented ...

GIRLS + STEM = TRENDING

Girls and women in STEM is definitely in vogue. Everyone is talking about how to promote STEM education to young girls. This year witnessed the advent of new toys that encourage girls to become more interested in engineering and other STEM related fields. For example, earlier this year two woman engineers introduced Roominate – a gender neutral toy intended to introduce circuits, problem solving, and spatial skills while creating a personalized house, restaurant or other structure. Make room in the toy chest because there is a new STEM gadget for ...

Encouraging More Girls in STEM

Sally Ride: How her Historic Space Mission Opened Doors for Women in Science at the Smithsonian Inspiration filled the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum today as prominent journalists, scholars, and leading women in science and aerospace spoke on Sally Rides’ accomplishments and her impact on women in STEM. We wanted to share a few remarks from the panel discussion: “She set the forefront by highlighting women in science – her message was that women and anyone can pursue science.” “About 50-55 astronaut women have gone into space.” It’s important for ...

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