Did you know that a recent study found that women who are strong in both verbal and mathematical skills tend to select non-STEM occupations? Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education examined data and survey responses from 1,490 college-bound American students, including their SAT scores, motivational beliefs and values, and occupations at age 33. They found that students with high scores in both math and verbal abilities—a group that contained more women than men—were less likely to have chosen a STEM occupation than those who had “moderate” verbal abilities.
Computing is an essential part of the global economy, and training in this critical field prepares students for careers in a variety of sectors. In fact the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that there will be 1.4 million computing-related job openings by 2020.
Did you know that, according to a recent study in the American Sociological Review, more than half of all employers interviewed ranked cultural fit as the most important criterion during job interviews? Cultural fit -- the perception that a candidate shares similar hobbies, background, or other characteristics with those already working at the organization -- has become a buzzword lately, particularly among startups where a new employee can represent 10% of the company’s workforce. Having the required technical skills is important, of course, but so is being able to “fit in” within a small company environment.
Did you know about the term “emotional labor”? A recent blog post from entrepreneur Lauren Bacon, exploring the “dynamics -- and economics -- that result from having male-dominated tech departments and women managing non-technical work,” looks at the emotional labor that women take on in the technical workplace.
Did you know about the “#1reasonwhy” hashtag on Twitter? Back in November, a woman video game programmer responded to a Twitter question about why there aren’t more women in the industry by citing a few examples of bias with the “#1reasonwhy” hashtag. Women (and men) in game development chimed in with hundreds of examples of hostile environments, bias, and even misogyny, filed under the hashtag, and the media jumped on the story.
How a Male CEO’s Offspring Affect His Employees’ Pay
Did you know than when a company’s male CEO becomes a father, particularly if his first-born is a girl, his employees’ pay goes up? New research studying 18,000 male CEOs in Denmark found that when a male chief executive had a baby, particularly if it was a daughter, employee wages rose (particularly female employee wages): male employees’ salaries went up .6%, and female employees’ salaries went up 1.1%. Even when the CEO had a son (which, interestingly, was tied to shrinking salaries among employees,) female employees’ salaries shrank less. And when the executive’s first child was a son, female employees’ salaries actually went up by .8%.
Did you know that Mattel increasingly is marketing its toys for girls to a different set of purchasers -- dads? With nearly 40% of working wives out-earning their husbands, according to the latest census data, and with more fathers becoming more involved in their children’s lives (including selecting and playing with their toys), fathers have become a new target market for manufacturers. “Fathers are doing more of the family shopping just as girls are being encouraged more than ever by hypervigilant parents to play with toys (as boys already do) that develop math and science skills early on,” according to The New York Times.
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.