The State of Women and Girls in STEM: Education to the Workforce

The National Girls Collaborative Project presents statistics on their website on the state of girls’ involvement in STEM through primary education – from kindergarten through high school, from an analysis of data from 2016 National Science Foundation reports. Here are some of their main findings regarding differences in STEM involvement for female students compared to their male counterparts. Students regardless of sex, race or ethnicity, enrolled in lower level science courses in 2012 at similar rates. However, students with less-educated parents or with lower socioeconomic status were less likely to take these courses. 

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WHER Chat: Supporting Girls’ Interests in STEM with a Growth Mindset

One well-supported reason for why there is a lower representation of women in the AI sector is that not many girls are encouraged to pursue STEM. Therefore, their interest in science and technology fields will quickly fade if that passion is not nourished with opportunity. According to a Microsoft survey, young women in Europe report that their interest in STEM began around age 11 or 12, but faltered when they reached the ages of 15 and 16. 

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Failure for Success in Women’s Leadership

Long ago, I received some leadership advice from a good friend that has continued to resonate within both my work and personal life for years: Take chances. When you fail, admit your failures and learn from them. The fear of failing can be paralyzing, and leaders must do more than fail at random or simply learn from their mistakes. Being a true leader requires having the confidence to trust yourself and take risks, for it is only through taking risks – and often failing at them – that you can innovate and improve, explore new ideas, and pursue excellence for yourself and your team.

Failures give us the opportunity to reset, learn and grow, and a leader understands that it is crucial to take advantage of these opportunities. Your reaction, response and recovery from failure can be an incredibly powerful path to success. When you let go of the fear of failure and instead seek active learning, adopt various perspectives, embrace continuous improvement, pay it forward and – most importantly – never give up, it will allow you to lead teams through a journey of discovery, innovation and success.

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Bill to Increase Student Diversity in STEM Through Grant Program

Senator Kamala Harris introduced a new bill titled the 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act, which aims to help underrepresented communities gain access to educational materials, mentorships and work experience in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

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Women Graduates Earn More at These Three Universities

Closing the gender pay gap is a battle with many fronts. One of those fronts, a recent study discovered, is at top U.S. universities. The study, conducted by BusinessStudent.com, a website for prospective business students, did not take into account cost of living by area, or field of study. Instead, it simply focused on graduates of 117 leading universities based on the U.S. News & World Report College Rankings for 2018 and data from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Chicago Schoolteacher Raises Funds for Her Students Midair

One of the reasons we selected Chicago for our 2018 Conference: Year of Women is despite pervasive issues of crime and poverty, many Chicago citizens care about and work to make a difference in their community. They push their city to do better by its less fortunate residents as it grows as a center of commerce, technology, and the arts.

This love many Chicagoans have for their city was manifested midair on a recent Southwest flight when a fellow passenger asked Chicago school teacher Kimber Bermudez about what she does for a living.

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Beyond Abuse: Finding Our Voice on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

It started with a phone call from Capital One Financial Corporation on January 14th, 2016. “Ms. Patno, are you the sole owner of Desiree Patno Enterprises, Inc.?”

That simple call was how I found out that my husband’s accountant had been dispersing my unsigned business checks illegally, with some going into her personal accounts and several others paying her bills directly.

I was (and still am) angry that not only my trust was betrayed, but after years of hard work and developing a reputation as a successful businesswoman in the housing and real estate sector, I was, to put it quite simply, duped.

How could this happen to me? And if this could happen to me, in my mid-fifties, plugged into and engaged fully in my businesses, what happens to women older than me, with fewer resources at their fingertips and perhaps cognitive issues?

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Celebrities Join Project Empowering Underprivileged Youth through Real Estate

This past weekend celebrities and experienced business professionals, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, skipped the Oscars to give their support to Project Destined—a program that empowers inner city youth through financial literacy in real estate and provides them opportunities to have shares in properties to support their college education.

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High School Completion Rate Rises to Highest in U.S. History

According to new Educational Attainment data released today by the Census Bureau, the high school completion rate in the U.S. has reached its highest level in history. Today, 90 percent of the U.S. population age 25 and older has completed high school. These figures represent significant shift from 1940 when 76 percent of the population age 25 and older had not earned a high school diploma.

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Affordable Housing for Teachers in Expensive Cities

Recently, NAWRB published an article addressing the scenario of a professional, in our case a teacher named Rachel, working in a city she could not afford to live in, and the consequences of this situation on her life. The city of San Francisco—home to one of the most expensive housing markets in the country—is taking steps to resolve this problem.

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