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 3:00pm 2/07/15 3:00pm

This Science Museum Has Royally Pissed Off a Bunch of Girl Scouts

Wanna see the STEM gender gap illustrated so starkly that Marie Curie may very well rise from her grave to gnash her teeth? The Carnegie Science Center offers one workshop explicitly for Girl Scouts, and it's about the science of beauty products. » 10/01/14 6:10pm 10/01/14 6:10pm

First Woman Ever Wins a Fields Medal for Mathematics

For the first time in its 78-year history, a woman has bagged a Fields Medal, essentially the Nobel Prize for mathematics. Born in Iran, Maryam Mirzakhani did her doctorate at Harvard and is currently a professor at Stanford. Obviously, she is terrifyingly brilliant. » 8/12/14 6:20pm 8/12/14 6:20pm

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 8:30pm 6/03/14 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 6:40pm 5/27/14 6:40pm

This Invention Could Revolutionize the Way You Buy Makeup

Earlier this week at TechCrunch Disrupt, Grace Choi presented an idea for a product that could revolutionize the beauty industry. » 5/08/14 3:10pm 5/08/14 3:10pm

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… » 2/11/14 3:20pm 2/11/14 3:20pm

The Depressingly Sexist 'Fan Mail' Sent to a Female Science Reporter

Late last week, Emily Graslie of Brain Scoop posted a new video in which she explains exactly why it's so difficult to be a woman in a STEM field: While she gets a lot of support and positive feedback, many "fans" simply want to discuss her appearance and how fuckable she is. » 12/02/13 2:50pm 12/02/13 2:50pm

Little Girls Defeat Princess Culture with Giant Rube Goldberg Machine

I hope you're ready to be blown away, because everything about this video has got it all: a hearty rejection of princess dogma, children scream-singing about female empowerment, a giant Rube Goldberg machine... » 11/19/13 5:15pm 11/19/13 5:15pm

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 12:30pm 10/11/13 12:30pm

Mars Explorer Barbie Accessorizes With Pretty Pink Helmet and Rover

To celebrate the first anniversary of Curiosity's landing on Mars, Mattel has issued a special Barbie doll. And yes, she's wearing pink. » 8/07/13 12:40pm 8/07/13 12:40pm

Today's Google Doodle celebrates Maria Mitchell, the first female astronomer in the U.S. who discovered a comet in 1847. (Be sure and read about her fascinating life... dome parties?) Just last week, the Doodle honored molecular biologist Rosalind Franklin. Yay lady scientists! » 8/01/13 5:50pm 8/01/13 5:50pm

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… » 7/08/13 7:45pm 7/08/13 7:45pm

This Is What Happens When 'School Resource Officers' Handle Discipline

High school, what a time! What was your favorite part? Passing notes? Giggling at handsome fellows and dames? Causing a small explosion in science class, being taken into police custody, and getting sent to the slammer? Wait, what the hell? » 5/10/13 4:30pm 5/10/13 4:30pm

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 Hapless…

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,… » 3/24/13 2:30pm 3/24/13 2:30pm