I’m A Woman In Tech, Here’s How I Think We Can Recruit More

May 24, 2017 by

By Danielle Merfeld - I get a kick out of the instant reactions some people have when I tell them what I do. It’s not exactly revolutionary that women can be technologists but often people betray a flicker of disbelief, an automatic response they can’t completely hide. I’m guilty too: I remember a hint of surprise when a man I was talking to told me he was a nurse. ... [Read More]

Meet Ellen Ochoa… 2017 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductee

May 20, 2017 by

As a young girl, Ellen Ochoa (1958- ) was fascinated by the Apollo astronauts as they launched to the moon. But she could only dream about traveling beyond the earth since women weren't selected to go into space at that time. Undeterred, Ellen focused her studies on physics and engineering, excelling at both. So when NASA eventually opened its astronaut class to women ... [Read More]

Delightful New Children’s Book Celebrates How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing

May 18, 2017 by

What a difference a year makes. In 2016, when I was reviewing Rachel Ignotofsky's Women in Science: 50 Pioneers who Fearlessly Changed the World, I was so happy to see something, anything, at last written for children in the genre of women in science that I was glad to have it. I still am, but here we are ... [Read More]

Beautiful Series Of Art Prints Celebrate Great Women In STEM

May 12, 2017 by

We were recently introduced to the incredible artistry of Ele Willoughby, and were especially taken by her prints featuring women in science. It’s not every day that we find someone working to preserve and bring awareness to the women heroes who have discovered, created and furthered our world through science, so we reached out to Ele to learn more about her, her work and the inspiration for the ... [Read More]

He Told Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, “Women Have Never Done Anything In Science”, Then She Discovered The AIDS Virus

May 11, 2017 by

click image to play video "A career as a researcher? No way. Women never have done anything in science!" This is what some misguided man said to Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (1947 - ) early on in her career. She went on to receive ... [Read More]

Dear Microsoft: Absolutely Not.

May 9, 2017 by

And it has nothing to do with your software. It has to do with your new ad campaign, which I happened to see while I was at the gym last week. Here’s the gist: brilliant young girls express their ambitions to cure cancer and explore outer space and play with the latest in virtual reality tech. Then—gotcha!—they’re shown a statistic that only 6.7% of women graduate with ... [Read More]

Hidden Figures of “Computer Science For All”

May 2, 2017 by

By Ruthe Farmer - You might have noticed computer science and “coding” have become the cause du jour. Celebrities and athletes, governors and mayors, tech icons, and media giants have come out in support of reinvigorating K-12 computer science education in US schools. Coding is now a commonly known term and in January 2016, building on ... [Read More]

It’s Earth Day… Meet Rachel Carson, The Woman Who Inspired Modern Environmentalism In 1962

April 22, 2017 by

Today marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a campaign created in 1970 to "force environmental protection onto the national political agenda." It has since grown to be a movement that is credited as "the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe." More than a billion people participate ... [Read More]

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