Startups, Culture, and Why Gender Diversity Matters

December 5, 2012
Foos Girls

Today NCWIT invited its Entrepreneurial Alliance members and other Boulder-based guests to attend a lunchtime tech talk, "Startups, Culture, and Why Gender Diversity Matters." We were pleased to be joined at the TechStars offices by folks from StandingCloudSendGrid, FullContactSpotXC

Did You Know: The Jobs:Skills Mismatch, Apprenticeships, Tech Women Thriving

November 27, 2012

Does the Skills Gap = an Education Gap?

Did you know that “today’s skilled factory worker is really a hybrid of an old-school machinist and a computer programmer”? So explains an engineering technology instructor at Queensborough Community College. The New York Times looked at the skills gap affecting rebounding manufacturing jobs in the U.S., and found that the skills gap might really be an education gap. 

Did You Know: How Many Golf Balls Fit Inside a School Bus?

November 14, 2012

Where We See Bias

Did you know that both men and women view gender discrimination as a reason why women pursue careers in physics in smaller numbers than they pursue careers in biology? Men and women disagree, however, about when the gender discrimination occurs in a woman’s career: most men believe that the discrimination took place during the beginning stages of a girl’s education, while many women believe that the discrimination is still taking place in higher education. Differences in mentorship for students of biology and physics as well as “inherent differences between men and women” are some of the reasons that people gave to explain the disparity of women in the two fields. These findings come from a study of over 2,500 scientists at 30 institutions in the U.S.

Did You Know: The Flipped Classroom, Nursing's Gender Imbalance, Meet the Next Steve Jobs

October 30, 2012

Fixing the Gender Gap in Nursing

Did you know that nursing jobs are expected to increase by 22% over the next few years? When people hear about the NCWIT mission they sometimes bring up the gender imbalance in other occupations. Men’s participation in nursing frequently is cited. 

Did You Know: What Our Members Think

October 16, 2012

Did you know that, according to responses from our annual member survey, more than 79% of NCWIT members in our Academic, Entrepreneurial, K-12, and Workforce Alliances - as well as our Social Science Advisory Board - are taking action by implementing practices, working on project teams, distributing resources, and participating at Summits?

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Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

October 16, 2012
Jean Sammet

It's Ada Lovelace Day today! Today we're joining people around the globe who are raising the visibility of women in computing and other STEM fields by recognizing women whose contributions they admire. 

Did You Know: A MOOC for Mentoring, Makerspaces, How to Get More Technical Women Speakers

September 21, 2012

Women Speak Less When Outnumbered

Did you know that when groups make decisions by majority rule, and there’s only one woman in the group, that woman contributes less than half of her share of the conversation compared to the men? When groups strive towards consensus decisions, however -- rather than majority rule -- they see near equal participation from men and women, according to a new study published in American Political Science Review.

Did You Know: Tech Is Sexy, Khan Academy, Giraffes and Zebras

August 21, 2012
Flipping the Gender Equity Argument