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.
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 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.
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 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.