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 12:30pm 3/09/14 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 jury's … » 2/11/14 3:20pm 2/11/14 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 the … » 10/11/13 12:30pm 10/11/13 12:30pm

Watch a Hoard of Fierce Little Girls Riot for Better Toys

Last year, Stanford engineering student Debbie Sterling founded GoldieBlox, a construction toy meant to "prove to the world that engineering for girls is a mainstream concept." The company strives to encourage little girls to remain interested in engineering by engaging them in story-oriented building (the way boys are… » 7/08/13 7:45pm 7/08/13 7:45pm

Sara Volz, Teenage Scientist of Tomorrow, Turned Her Room into a Lab

In the not-so-distant future, when humanities majors (the unskilled laborers of academia) become so commonplace that they make Falstaff’s birthday a national holiday on which people are only allowed to talk to each other in heroic couplets, anyone who studied a hard science (i.e. not sociology) will be treated like a… » 4/28/13 12:30pm 4/28/13 12:30pm

The Nine Hottest Reasons Why It's Not Hot to Make 'Hot' Lists

I always assume, when strangers ask me extremely basic questions about objectification and entitlement and power differentials, that they're just bozo trolls looking to get a rise out of me for sport and waste the grumpy feminist's time. I mean, it's 2013. Everyone knows by now why we don't have a White History Month,… » 3/25/13 6:00pm 3/25/13 6:00pm

‘Grandma Got STEM’ Challenges the Stereotype of Technologically…

Denigrating grandmothers for their supposed lack of technological prowess is bullshit because a) big fucking deal you can use a computer — your grandmother was probably old enough during the moon landing to roll her eyes when Neil Armstrong read his cheesy "one small step" line, and b) grandmothers are really crafty, so… » 3/24/13 2:30pm 3/24/13 2:30pm

The Gross Gender Imbalance in the Visa Program for Skilled STEM Workers

On Monday, a whopping four members of the Senate Judiciary Committee convened to hear testimony about the H-1B visa program, which helps U.S. employers temporarily employ foreign workers in highly-specialized occupations. These are usually STEM occupations, and, according to yesterday's stark testimony from engineer… » 3/19/13 12:55pm 3/19/13 12:55pm

Wikipedia's Editors Are 91 Percent Male Because Citations Are Stored in …

Wikipedia, the collaborative encyclopedia that's edited by you (if you're a dude), me (if I were a dude), and all the dudes you know, launched in 2001 and quickly became the place to find quick info on pretty much any topic under the sun. Remember writing research papers before Wikipedia? Man, we were all such chumps… » 1/25/13 11:30am 1/25/13 11:30am

European Commission Improves Its Appeal to Get Girls in the Sciences

Back in June, the European Commission rightfully came under fire after unleashing their horrible "Science: It's a Girl Thing" campaign, which included a commercial that used makeup and fashion to try to persuade young women into scientific industries. The campaign received an immediate backlash and was quickly pulled.… » 12/18/12 12:00pm 12/18/12 12:00pm

Awesome New Program Aims to Connect Young Women with STEM Mentors

Of all the various schemes to encourage more young women to pursue careers in STEM fields, a new six-week online mentoring program that aims to connect young women with female mentors already established in STEM fields seems especially promising. » 9/17/12 1:15pm 9/17/12 1:15pm

Sally Ride, The First American Woman in Space, Succumbs to Cancer at 61

Early this morning, astronaut and physicist Sally Ride passed away after a 61-year-long life of exploration, boundary breaking, and ass kicking. When she blasted into space in 1983, she became the youngest American and the first American woman to leave the earth's atmosphere, thus igniting space camp dreams in a… » 7/23/12 6:00pm 7/23/12 6:00pm

Science Cheerleaders Invite Children to Admire Their Perky, Bouncy…

One of the challenges in convincing little girls to want to be smart is that they've been indoctrinated by society and princess culture into thinking that being smart is a thing that ugly mustachioed chicks do because no one wanted to marry them and they're too allergic to hoard cats. Enter the Science Cheerleaders —… » 7/13/12 3:30pm 7/13/12 3:30pm