NDILC Member Erica Courtney Appointed to Commission on the Status of Women & Girls

NAWRB is proud to announce that NDILC Member Erica Courtney, President of 2020vet and Zulu Time, U.S. Army Aviation Major, NATO Gender Advisor, has been appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women & Girls by California Governor Gavin Newsom. Learn more about Erica and her accomplishments at the link!

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2019 NAWRB Conference Recap

The 2019 NAWRB Conference, Redefining Leadership, has come to an end this week, but for all our senior executive and industry expert participants, this is just the beginning of newfound relationships and forward-thinking dialogues that were formed during this informative and invigorating professional mastermind event. 

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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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mPower Results Based Leadership Panel – Aug. 4th in Pasadena

NAWRB is pleased to announce that mPower will host a leadership panel for a second year in a row on Sunday, August 4th in Pasadena, CA from 3:30-5:00 PM! This special Results-Based Leadership panel will be moderated by Marcia Davies, COO of Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Founder of mPower, and NDILC Council Member.

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2019: Women to Be Majority of College-Educated Workforce

We can expect 2019 to be the year that women are the majority of the college-educated workforce, a significant milestone in gender parity, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. By the first quarter of this year, 29.5 million women in the labor force had at least a bachelor’s degree, which matches the number of college-educated men in the workforce (29.3 million). 

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Road to Gender Equality – Keeping Women Ahead in the Labor Market

For  enturies, women have faced injustice and fought for equality to men. Examples of this are in the fight for women’s suffrage beginning in the late 1800s, the inability for women to serve on a jury pre-1919 or for a single woman to open a bank account in her own name as little as roughly 50 years ago. Being a woman has not been seen as advantageous, at least from a historical standpoint. In regards to the workforce, it wasn’t until 1975 that the Sex Discrimination Act made it illegal to discriminate against women in work, education and training.

Even from that point, women still faced difficulty competing with their male counterparts in acquiring better positions and, despite the Equal Pay (Amendment) Act of 1983 allowing women to be paid the same as men for work of equal value, equal pay has still been an issue for some time. 

Yet, with all the struggle of women for equality, in recent years women—specifically Millennial women—have surged ahead of many of their male counterparts. Nearly 60 percent of all college students are women, demonstrating a growing gender gap (in favor of the female) in higher education—often times considered the “ticket” to a high-paying job. 
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Discrimination in the AI Industry Contributes to Discriminatory AI Systems

A new report from New York University’s AI Now Institute titled Discriminating Systems: Gender, Race and Power in AI highlights the diversity crisis in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector and its effect on the development of AI systems with gender and racial biases. 

The lack of diversity in the AI sector and academia spans across gender and race. Recent studies show that women comprise only 15 percent of AI research staff at Facebook and 10 percent at Google. Women make up 18 percent of authors at leading AI conferences, while more than 80 percent of AI professors are men. Representation of other minorities is also sparse. Only 2.5 percent of Google’s workforce is black, while this is true of 4 percent for both Facebook and Microsoft. 

According to researchers, AI’s lack of diversity extends past the underrepresentation of women and other minority groups to power structures and the creation and use of various AI systems. Most of all, the report suggests that historical discrimination in the AI sector needs to be addressed in tandem with biases found in AI systems. 
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2019 WHER Excerpt: Key Characteristics of Global Women Entrepreneurs

The six-volume 2019 Women in the Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER) will be released by the beginning of the third quarter. Attendees of the 2019 NAWRB Conference, Redefining Leadership, on August 4th-6th in Pasadena, CA, will get to hear expert industry leaders discuss the main topics from the report, including diverse leadership, homeownership, business ownership, aging population and more! Read more for an excerpt of the report. 

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Women’s Entrepreneurship 2016/2017 report provides a thorough review of women’s entrepreneurship in four main geographic regions of the world, including East and South Asia, Europe and North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa. Here are some of the key characteristics of global women entrepreneurs. 

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U.S. Women More Likely to Have Multiple Jobs

Even though a majority of American workers are single jobholders, more workers are steadily holding more than one job in order to have another source of income,  gain more experience and explore multiple interests. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Multiple Jobholders in the United States: 2013 report, which looks at characteristics of workers by sex, industry, occupation and work schedule, about 13 million workers have two or more jobs.

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