The Girls RISEnet resource catalog is a dynamic listing of crowd-sourced research and resources on engaging girls in engineering. Registered members of girlsrisenet.org can contribute resources through the "My Account" link above. If you are not a member of the site, please contact us to submit or suggest an addition.
It may come as no surprise to teachers, but girls do better than boys in school, a new study finds. What may be a surprise is that this holds true at all ages, in all subjects including math and science and around the world, the American Psychological Association analysis found. April 29th 2014View External Website
This three-year study focused on girls' engagement with science and how they negotiate identities with and in opposition to science in a community-based afterschool program. The study Rahm reports on here is part of a larger multi-sited ethnography of learning and identity in science. She observed girls whose families had recently immigrated to Montreal, Canada and were participating in an afterschool program focused on creating science newsletters and science fair projects. These observations were supplemented by interviews with students and instructors. Twelve girls from ages 11 to 14 participated in the activity each year (2008-2011). The students' families had mixed immigration histories coming from Morocco, Congo, Caribbean, Greater Antilles, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Original Article: Rahm, J. (2012). Collaborative imaginaries and multi-sited ethnography: space-time dimensions of engagement in an afterschool science programme for girls. Journal of the Learning Science 7(2), 247-264View External Website
Last week, STEM Women launched our YouTube Channel. We’ll be hosting a fortnightly Hangout on Air series that is live streamed every second Sunday. Our show will cover four major themes: In the Spotlight: Highlights women’s careers in STEM; STEM Parents: Advice on how to encourage young girls interested in studying STEM subjects; Finding Solutions: Organisations & programs that actively target recruitment, retention & promotion of women; and How Men Can Help: Practical ways that men can support gender inclusion from junior to senior levels. Our first guest was Professor Jonathan Eisen who chatted about how male academics can help better recruit, retain, and include their women colleagues. Jonathan is a molecular biologist at University of California (UC) Davis. He’s also the Academic Editor-in-Chief for PLOS Biology. On his blog and social media, as well as through his professional activities, Jonathan is a passionate advocate of gender equality in STEM. Below is a summary of our discussion, centred on gender diversity and participation within academic conferences. February 26, 2014View External Website
The 2014 Racial Disparity in Breast Cancer Mortality Study — a national study published by Sinai Urban Health Institute and the Avon Foundation for Women — has found a black:white disparity in breast cancer mortality in 39 of the most populous U.S. cities, with 35 of those cities experiencing a widening disparity over a 20-year period from 1990 to 2009.View External Website
As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon noted recently, "Today, there are 57 million children out of school -- and most of them are girls." Teachers and administrators around the globe are struggling to create school environments that are friendly and supportive to both girls and boys. Yet complex gender-based barriers to education remain, hindering girls', and in some cases boys', access to school and participation in the classroom. For example, girls are less likely to begin school in many places, but boys are more likely to repeat grades or drop out altogether...View External Website
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