Women make up only 24 percent of the STEM workforce in the US, according to the Department of Commerce, and some fields are worse than others. Women represent only 14 percent of the country's engineers, but make up 47 percent of mathematicians and statisticians, 47 percent of life scientists, and 63 percent of social scientists. But as these rising stars of the tech industry show, women are making an impact on STEM. Given the impressive laundry list of accomplishments already made by all of the women on our list at such a young age, it's safe to say that both they and their careers are something to watch.
Where do millennials want to work? As a part of a six-part series on millennials, Universum, a global research and advisory firm which specializes in employer branding, offered up some data about employers as they are perceived by the group that has become the largest generation in the U.S. labor force.
How is it that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) companies can find solutions for some of the world's most complex problems, but they can't seem to solve the gender bias issue that keeps women out of STEM careers? According to new research, it's because we, as a culture, don't know that there's even a problem – it's unconscious, and we're all to blame.
GoldieBlox caused quite a stir with its ad for its line of engineering toys for girls that was tuned to Beastie Boys’ song, “Girls.” However, the genius behind the ad and the company, founder Debbie Sterling, has some novel advice for girls and women looking to join the ranks of Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer.
You've probably already seen the genius advertisement for Goldie Blox, the engineering toy specifically for girls set to the catchy Beastie Boys song, “Girls.” Despite the company’s public battle to keep their creative girls-only remix of the song in their ad, Goldie Blox takes the cake for putting engineering in pretty little minds of young girls everywhere.
Could the media's bland stereotype of nerdy women be the reason why females are so underrepresented in technology careers?
In the finale episode of the Discovery series The Big Brain Theory, the final two contestants, Amy and Corey, were tasked with building a short bridge. Since that concept is a little too easy for genius engineers, there were a couple of twists.
On Discovery Channel's The Big Brain Theory, two groups of the brightest engineers in the world put their skills to the test solving wild mechanical problems. This week, they were asked to take on a job a little more serious - create a mechanism to safely stop a car that doesn't yield at a military checkpoint. To win the round, the car has to remain drive-able and the passengers unscathed.
There are TV competition shows that look for the next great dancer, baker, pop star and fashion designer. But the folks at Discovery Channel wanted to set their sights a little higher. They're looking for America's next great mind in the field of science, technology, engineering or math.
If you're tall, thin, gorgeous and make a living off those traits it's easier to get an American work visa than university-trained engineers. A puzzling 20-year-old decision by Congress allowed models to be included in the H-1B class of visas, an oversight that has led to relatively preferential treatment for foreign-born beauty over brain.