Ex-Googler On Discrimination: 'Speaking Up Didn't Fix A Damn Thing'

Ex-Google engineer Erica Baker fought back against discriminatory employment practices when she organized the creation of a spreadsheet of her co-workers’ salaries to encourage transparency. Google’s management was obviously displeased and punished Baker, who is a black woman, by withholding peer bonuses — but didn’t… »7/25/15 5:00pm7/25/15 5:00pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson Inspires Budding Astrophysicist With Dyslexia 

Neil deGrasse Tyson, the nerd we’d all like to be one day, continues his uncontested run as the best human being on earth. At a recent talk, an 8-year-old girl named Lois asked him whether she could be an astrophysicist even though she had dyslexia and Tyson dropped some inspirational knowledge about success and… »4/26/15 1:00pm4/26/15 1:00pm

Girls Outscore Boys on Math Tests, Unless Teachers See Their Names

Over at the New York Times' Upshot, there's a pretty interesting study that outlines just how much elementary school teachers' biases can influence girls' attitudes towards math and science. Some of findings aren't particularly surprising: girls from low-income homes are disproportionately affected and early… »2/07/15 3:00pm2/07/15 3:00pm

This Photo Perfectly Illustrates Silicon Valley's Gender Disparity

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is happening right now and while the event is bringing us some exciting news (iOS8 sounds like it is going to be amazing and useful and whatever I'll buy it because it is simple and shiny) it's also bringing some troubling pictorial evidence that the gender gap in silicon valley… »6/03/14 8:30pm6/03/14 8:30pm

Awesome Girls Show Off Inventions at the White House Science Fair

Today was the fourth annual White House Science Fair, which means that 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is currently crawling with baby geniuses, all ready to show off their very impressive research and inventions. This year's event happened to be particularly special in that, while co-ed, it was particularly directed at girls »5/27/14 6:40pm5/27/14 6:40pm

Data Shows Girls Around The World Underestimate Themselves In Math

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has gathered data comparing countries all over the world on their track record of gender differences in various skills, degrees, work, and wages. It's an interesting cross section of opportunity, gender imbalance, and culture. The OECD even took into… »3/09/14 12:30pm3/09/14 12:30pm

GoldieBlox Means Well But Doesn't Live Up to the Hype

GoldieBlox has inspired much enthusiasm among adults. The concept—disrupt the pink aisle! provide girls with an alternative to princess-mania!—is the stuff TED talks and viral videos are made of. But are the toys actually any good? Those videos aren't just a P.S.A. campaign—they're advertisements. And there, the… »2/11/14 3:20pm2/11/14 3:20pm

Lady Scientists Organize Mass Wikipedia Edit to Honor Ada Lovelace Day

All the way back in 1842, when humans still spent all their time huddled around in the dark, gnawing on potatoes and reveling in abject confusion (basically), brilliant genius Ada Lovelace penned the world's first computer program. Nowadays, Ada Lovelace is a women-in-STEM hero; annually, we honor her and celebrate… »10/11/13 12:30pm10/11/13 12:30pm