Many of you probably took note of our own Jane Margolis being interviewed in The New York Times a few weeks ago for an article on the dearth of women among Wikipedia editors. In the weeks since, it seems the topic of women in open source generally has gained some traction.
This week the Wall Street Journal reported on new findings that show a $16,819 pay gap between male and female doctors. According to the study, this discrepancy exists even when researchers controlled for factors like specialty, practice type, and the number of hours worked. But does that mean it’s discrimination, causing the gap?
Research from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln this week illustrates a unique type of stereotype threat: being ogled. In a study supposedly looking at “teamwork,” researchers asked specially trained assistants to partner with members of the opposite sex and give them not-so-subtle once-overs. Women who received an objectifying glance from their male partners scored lower on a subsequent math test than women who didn’t, while the men’s scores were unaffected.
Did you know that entrepreneurship doesn’t have a minimum age? That’s according to Teens in Tech, which has just launched a tech incubator program for kids 13-19 years old. The eight-week summer program is modeled after other successful incubators – a demo day at the end will let the budding entrepreneurs pitch to real VCs -- but features a roster of 20-something mentors. Says co-founder Daniel Brusilovsky, “people don’t take them [teens] seriously.
We know from research on entrepreneurship that success often correlates with the strength of one’s network, and that male and female entrepreneurs have differing access to networks; but did you know that this is also true of faculty? New research from an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) reveals the degree to which the “complex structure” of university interactions influences female faculty’s ability to succeed in their careers.
The Kauffman Foundation’s Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Foundation announced this week that it was launching a Women in Science and Engineering Business Idea Competition, designed to recruit highly educated and creative women with world-changing ideas consider entrepreneurship and commercialization of those ideas. Co-sponsored by Astia, the competition ends January 15, 2011, and the prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to TED 2011.