It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change. (Read more...)
If you got caught up in the “war on women” narrative this election cycle, you might have missed the fact that that a conspicuous number of women were running for the Senate today. There were women candidates in fifteen...
“I believe that the world would be a better place if half our institutions were run by women, and half our homes were run by men,”
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has written a book on challenges facing women in the workplace that is expected to be published next year by Knopf. Titled “Lean In,” the book is not a memoir, but a “call to action” with a lot of research and data, laced with anecdotes of the experience of one of Silicon Valley’s most high-profile female executives and also many other women.
Does our society think women like science? I’m worried that there doesn’t seem to be an overall acceptance both genders can find science cool. For example, a friend told me to put my Olympics post at the BlogHer network. I then noticed that there isn’t a science category. Luckily, there was a sports category for that post. But it got me wondering, do we as a society think that women like science? For example, Google was identifying women who like technology and science as (older) men to the amusement of many women involved in online science.
Did you know that Ada Lovelace, the illegitimate daughter of poet Lord Byron, is credited as the world’s first computer programmer? Born in 1815, Ada was raised in a strict environment of mathematics...
Royal Society hosts event to redress online encyclopaedia's gender imbalance.
To get to the library of the Royal Society in London is to run the gauntlet of male history. The staircase up to the room is flanked by statuettes of men, predominantly Isaac Newton, and artefacts bearing their faces. It is overlooked by a huge plaque listing the 61 presidents of the Royal Society — all men. The library itself is ringed by ten busts of famous scientists; the only female face among them is nineteenth-century Scottish mathematician, astronomer and science writer Mary Somerville.(Read more...)
Leonora Neuffer Bilger was the 1953 Garvan Medal winner and a big influence at the University of Hawaii. (1893-1975) Dr. Bilger received her PhD in chemistry from the University of Cinncinnati in 1916. She graduated and went straight into a position as head of the chemistry department at Sweet Briar College. A brief stint at the University of Cinncinnati gave her skills that she later used in her position as Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hawaii to design a new chemistry laboratory facility. Her post as University of Hawaii Department Head began in 1943 and lasted 11 years. Her research was on asymmetric nitrogen compounds, for which she won the Garvan Medal. (Read more...)
Consideration of sex and gender is woefully lacking in science and innovation today, says Londa Schiebinger, director of the Gendered Innovations project at Stanford University. Until recently, attention to these factors was focused on the problems of bias they could cause. But Dr. Schiebinger sees it in a different light: analyzing sex and gender differences provides new insight that leads to better research and important discoveries, across all fields of science, engineering and design.
Under-representation of women at higher levels of faculty in the biomedical sciences has long been noted.1 However, whereas differences in representation in academic sciences are clear, less is known about disparities in important indicators of research success that might partly account for such differences, such as success in obtaining funding.2—4 For instance, the equity of amounts awarded to male and female awardees has not been assessed.
Women are underrepresented at the top of the health field, including in entrepreneurship. According to health startup accelerator Rock Health, the lion's share of VC funding goes to startups founded or led by men.