Women in STEM: A Harsh Reality

For more than last two decades, people are trying to increase the role of women in STEM (STEM is a famous short form used for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), still, we are not close to 50/50 vision. Many industries, organizations, NGOs are making efforts to make it real.

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On this International Women’s day, I am posting the collection of amazing talks about the gender bias, stereotypes, and other related problems that women face in STEM.

  1. Engineering – Where are the girls and why aren’t they here? -By Dr. Jenna Carpenter
  2. For the Future of Women in Science, Look to the Past -By Nathalia Holt
  3. The Breakdown of Women in STEM -By Jess Ellis
  4. Women in tech – the missing force -By Karen Catlin
  5. How to avoid gender stereotypes -By Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jordan
  6. The Future of STEM Depends on Diversity -By Nicole Cabrera Salazar
  7. Women in Technology: through the eyes of my daughter -By Mark MacNaughton
  8. Inspiring the next generation of female engineers -By Debbie Sterling
  9. The Power of Women in STEM -By Jin Yan

Comment Box is always open for sharing your thoughts and other amazing talks or blogs.

You can further see the list of amazing blogs on women in STEM at Gender Bias in STEM: Top Favorite Blogs.

For the list of motivational talk for Girls in STEM see the post, Dear Girls, You are not alone…

Dear Girls, You are not alone…

Dear Girls,

I am writing this post to talk about the current scenario of gender ratio in STEM. When we join college the first thing we observe that there are very few girls. Sometimes, It is really hard to get someone to discuss your work, your personal and professional problems, even, It is very hard to get a partner for group projects.

Many girls feel that STEM is not a place for them and start quitting. Please don’t quit because you are not alone, there are many more who have been through the same situation. They also thought like you, but they opted not to quit and continued their journey to win.

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There are nice talks by the girls who have come forward to share their stories. I am sharing these with you all as they might motivate you to continue your journey in STEM.

  1. Growing up in STEM – as a girl -By Cassidy Williams
  2. How to get girls to like STEM -By Heidi Olinger
  3. Women in STEM -By Caroline Cline
  4. Sharks & Female Scientists: More Alike than You Think -By Melissa Marquez
  5. The key to more women in technology -By Marianna Budnikova
  6. Conquering the Gender Gap in S.T.E.M -By Rebecca Baron
  7. Women in STEM: Embrace Exploration, Innovation & Discovery -By Jennifer Lopez
  8. How I succeeded as a woman in engineering -By Cassandra Cole
  9. Encouraging Math-Hating Girls and Women to Become Tech Leaders -By Emily Avant
  10. The vanishing Indian tech woman -By Rashmi Mohan

You all are welcomed to share your story in the comment box. Maybe someone can find you who are fighting through the same as you are or you were and it might help her. 🙂

Gender Bias in STEM: Top Favorite Blogs

When I joined college, I observed biased gender ratio in engineering programs. In India, the ratio of female and male students in engineering is around 3:7. Being curious, I started exploring about biased gender ratio and I came to know about Dr. Anita Borg and her 50/50 vision. Her vision really inspired me and always motivated me to play my contribution to make this vision real. When I met other female scholars during the Google women techmakers scholarship retreat, this vision started becoming more and more clear. This was the first time when I met so many girls who are putting their efforts to make 50/50 vision real and I would like to thank Google to bring us together.

I like reading blogs on gender biases, biased gender ratio in tech, how to increase the number of women in STEM, how to motivate college girls to pursue sciences, etc.

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Here, I would like to share some of my favorite blogs on these topics.

  1. When Women Stopped Coding (https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2014/10/21/357629765/when-women-stopped-coding)
  2. Women Are Invited to Give Fewer Talks Than Men at Top U.S. Universities (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/12/women-are-invited-to-give-fewer-talks-than-men-at-top-us-universities/548657/)
  3. In STEM Fields, Many Employers Hire “John” over “Jennifer” (https://www.aauw.org/2015/06/11/john-or-jennifer/)
  4. The 5 Biases Pushing Women Out of STEM (https://hbr.org/2015/03/the-5-biases-pushing-women-out-of-stem)
  5. If you think women in tech is just a pipeline problem, you haven’t been paying attention (https://medium.com/tech-diversity-files/if-you-think-women-in-tech-is-just-a-pipeline-problem-you-haven-t-been-paying-attention-cb7a2073b996)
  6. Countries with greater gender equality have lower percentage of female STEM graduates, MU study finds (https://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2018/0214-countries-with-greater-gender-equality-have-lower-percentage-of-female-stem-graduates-mu-study-finds/)
  7. Building a passion for STEM studies among women and girls (http://troymedia.com/2018/02/19/stem-studies-passion-women-girls/)
  8. New data reconfirms well-known gender problem in tech (http://www.dailyuw.com/science/article_15ce2586-0c8e-11e8-bb1f-9b81db58bf8a.html)
  9. Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science (https://www.wired.com/story/why-men-dont-believe-the-data-on-gender-bias-in-science/)
  10. The Reel Truth: Women Aren’t Seen or Heard (https://seejane.org/research-informs-empowers/data/)

If you also know some good articles on related topics, please leave the comment. I would love to read if I haven’t.