Girls in STEM: World news
THEORY AND PRACTICE: Mathematicians and Engineers: How Things Are With Women Who Work in STEM Fields
Theory and practice: According to the Education at a Glance survey, in 2013 in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, among the bachelorate graduates there are 58% women. The trend starts at school: 55% of those who graduated in 2015 in OECD countries are girls. More than this, sociologists have found that women who go to university are more likely to finish it than men. The number of men and women earning PhDs is almost equal: 52% and 48% respectively. American media started even talking about the fact that men in universities tend to become a minority. However, it is too early to declare women's final educational emancipation: there are still much fewer women in the exact sciences and technical specialties than men. T&P has gathered figures and facts about "glass ceilings." [Rus.]
DELO.UA: Myhelix is a Ukrainian biotech startup founded in 2016 by geneticists Daryna Loseva, Ruslana Shadrina, and their colleagues. The company creates personal nutrition and lifestyle recommendations for customers based on analysis of DNA test results. Delo.ua has talked to Myhelix co-founder Daryna Loseva about the prospects of Ukrainian science, the company's entry into the US market, and the future of biotechnology. [Rus.]
HAPPY MONDAY TALKS: How Do Women Feel in It? Anna Stetsenko Talks About "Male" Careers, Discrimination, and Gender Stereotypes
HAPPY MONDAY TALKS: There are many gender stereotypes, both for women and for men. But when it comes to careers, including in IT, women still have lots of challenges. We talk with Anna Stetsenko, of Indigo - Tech Recruiters, an IT recruitment company, about the obstacles women face in business and careers, founder. [Rus.]
ALEV: Unexpected gender preference has been identified by researchers at the California Polytechnic State University and University of North Carolina: it turns out that women have outperformed men in computer programming. [Rus.]
TECHNO.NV.UA: Keep Quiet, Woman. Is There Sexism in the Ukrainian IT Industry and How to Deal With It?
TECHNO.NV.UA: NV decided to find out whether there is sexism in the Ukrainian IT industry. In our country, where the expression "keep quiet, woman, your day is March 8" has recently sparked genuine laughter even with women, sexism is quite expected. Female representatives of top and middle management of Ukrainian hi-tech business, as well as the women who have experience in both Ukraine and foreign IT companies, answered the questions about the topic. [Rus., Ukr.]
Science News for Students: A girl’s decision to take more classes in math or computer science may depend on whether she feels up to the challenge. But her confidence in her abilities may be lower than it should be. Even when male and female high school students receive the same math grades, girls tend to feel they are less competent than boys, a new study shows. And that may affect her choice to pursue science — or not.
QUARTZ: A new study shows that the gender gap in math abilities starts early—and teacher bias makes it worse as time goes on
QUARTZ: In 2008, research suggested there was no gender gap in math performance in the US. From second to 11th grades, girls did just as well as boys on state standardized math tests. A new, well-designed, and large study suggests otherwise. It looks at younger children and shows that there is a tiny gender gap when kids start school (albeit larger among the very top performers) and that it widens, across all ability levels, through third grade. That’s a critical timeframe, as past research shows that early math achievement determines a child’s interest and confidence in the subject during elementary and middle school, and strongly predicts how good at math she’ll be later on.
ScienceDaily: Although higher education has already opened the door to equal opportunities for women and minorities in the US in the math and science professions, a new study suggests that elementary school teachers' unconscious biases significantly influence female students' academic choices later on.
Impactlab: The new research, that took place in 86 countries, points to culture as the culprit finding that certain countries showed less of a gap between males and females in math. Specifically, these female-math friendly countries have more gender equality, better teachers and fewer students living in poverty. In many countries, there isn’t a gender gap in mathematics performance, the researchers said.