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Why can't girls code? Oh, you know: Boobs. Menstruation. Being beautiful. They all get in the way.
“I’ve tried to get into coding but my cleavage is just so distracting,” quipped one young woman in this provocative YouTube video.
“When I'm not menstruating, I'm ovulating, so there’s no time to code at all,” lamented another.
If this all sounds entirely ludicrous, it’s supposed to.
Girls Who Code, a nonprofit dedicated to bridging the gender gap in tech, created this satirical clip to feature in a three-part series that explores the ridiculous gender stereotypes that exist in the world of computer science.
"We wanted to try something different and use humor and satire to question the stereotypes that tell our girls that coding is not for them," said Reshma Saujani, the organization's founder and CEO, in a statement. "Our hope is these videos will spark a much-needed conversation about the messages we send our young women and what we can do to create a more inclusive, well-rounded image of a programmer.”
The gender gap in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, is a well-documented problem. Women held only 25 percent of all computing jobs in the U.S. as of 2015. According to Girls Who Code, 74 percent of girls in middle school express interest in STEM, yet at the college level, only 1 in 5 computer science majors are women.
This is all despite the fact that girls are excelling in these subjects in school.
New results from the National Assessment for Educational Progress show that eighth-grade girls in the U.S. are actually outperforming boys in technology and engineering literacy. A study the University of Missouri and the University of Glasgow released last year found that girls were performing better academically than boys worldwide, including in science and math.
Margot Richaud, a Girls Who Code alumna, said that sexist attitudes have a profound effect on young women who want to pursue STEM careers.
“As a high school senior, I’ve had classmates and teachers tell me that coding is not for me, or that I’d be better off focusing on design and making something look ‘pretty.’ These comments, plus the stereotypes that we see everyday of a coder as a nerdy guy in a hoodie, keep a lot of my friends from considering computer science as a career path. We need to change that and stop telling girls that coding is not for us. There is never be an excuse for a girl to not code,” she...
The severe heat wave that stifled India last May caused at least 2,300 deaths across the country. It was, according to Jeff Masters, Weather Underground’s director of meteorology, the fifth deadliest heat wave in Earth's recorded history.
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In 2014, American Eagle’s Aerie launched a game-changing campaign. The lingerie brand decided to feature only unairbrushed models in its ads, a move meant to challenge “supermodel standards.”
Now it appears the company’s decision to champion body-positivity has paid off -- in big bucks.
After launching #AerieReal, the retailer’s...
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You’ve probably never had the pleasure of seeing a vaquita in the wild. And unless action is immediately taken to protect this rare porpoise, you never will.
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NASA announced some grim climate news over the weekend.
Last month was the warmest April ever recorded, with soaring temperatures that smashed the previous monthly record by the largest margin in known history.
NASA April temperature is out. Warmest...
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) hadn’t updated its near-real time daily chart of Arctic sea ice levels in more than a month. A satellite that monitors the ice malfunctioned, forcing the center to suspend the service.
Researchers missed a lot during those dark weeks.
For the first time in two years, humans stood on the top of the world.
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When straight-A student Taylor Rosenthal isn’t in school or playing baseball, he’s busy doing something foreign to most 14-year-olds: He’s running his own successful business.
Rosenthal is a freshman at Opelika High School in Alabama. Last year, while in eighth grade, he was assigned the task of coming up with a business idea for an entrepreneurship class. His pitch went on to win first place.
The teen’s idea? A computerized vending machine that would inexpensively and conveniently dispense first-aid kits.
“Have you ever been to an amusement park and your child falls to the ground and scrapes their knee?” Rosenthal said in the original pitch. “Then, you had to walk all the way to the front of the park to get a Band-Aid?”
Rosenthal told ABC News that the idea for the machine was sparked by his experience playing baseball.
Since the birth of his idea, which he developed with the help of his parents, who both work in the medical profession, Rosenthal has been hurtling toward success. By the end of 2015, he’d developed a working prototype and was granted a patent. His company, RecMed, was also accepted into an incubation program at The Round House Startup Space in Opelika.
According to Kyle Sandler, Rosenthal’s mentor at Round House, the teen was the youngest entrepreneur in the program.
“We had to kick him out of here on Christmas Eve to spend time with his family, and you best believe that every minute of fall break he was here at the Round House,” Sandler told the Opelika-Auburn News. “When he’s not in school or playing baseball, he’s here working on anything from customer discovery to lead generation to where he can put his product.”
In January, Rosenthal won second place in the Techstars competition at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He will be featured this week at TechCrunch Disrupt, a startup conference in New York. He's reportedly the youngest person ever to present at the event.
To date, Rosenthal has earned a total of $100,000 in investments, CNN Money reported. He's also turned down a $30 million offer from a “large national healthcare company” for his vending machine idea, though he couldn’t discuss the deal due to a nondisclosure agreement.
“[The company] contacted us and said we feel the idea is worth this, would you like to sit down and talk? It’s his company. He declined because he wants to at least get it started and see how it goes,” Rosenthal’s father, Terry, told the Opelika-Auburn News.
RecMed vending machines stock both prepackaged first-aid kits (which cost between $5.99 and $15.95) for ailments like sunburns, blisters, bee stings and cuts, and individual supplies like Band-Aids, rubber gloves and gauze pads, ranging in price from $6 to $20.
The machines, which are slated to be deployed in the fall, are best suited for “high-traffic areas for kids” like amusement parks, beaches and stadiums, Rosenthal told CNN Money. He's already received an order for 100 machines from Six Flags.
“It has been amazing watching Taylor grow over the past year into this confident and amazing businessman,” Clarinda Jones, one of Rosenthal’s teachers, told CNN Money. “Even with all of his success, he remains humble and ready to help others. He's just 14. Bill Gates should be...
Kirk Alexander of Salem, Oregon was a loyal Domino’s Pizza customer. So loyal, in fact, that when he didn’t place an order at the restaurant for almost two weeks, the eatery’s staff got worried.
This concern, said authorities, likely saved Alexander’s life.
Sarah Fuller, the general manager at a Salem-area Domino’s, told KOIN.com that Alexander, 48, had been a regular customer since 2009.
“He orders every day, every other day,” Fuller said. “His order pops up on the screen because he orders online. So we see it come across the screen and we’re like, ‘Oh, Kirk’s order.’”
But last week was different. Several days passed without a single order from Alexander.
"A few of my drivers had mentioned that we hadn't seen his order come across our screen in a while,” Fuller told KATU.com.
When she checked the restaurant’s database, Fuller discovered that it’d been 11 days since Alexander’s last order, “which is not like him at all,” she said.
On Sunday morning, Fuller asked longtime delivery driver Tracey Hamblen to visit Alexander, who neighbors said rarely left his home. But when Hamblen arrived at Alexander's house, he knew something was amiss. The lights were on and the TV was playing, but Alexander didn’t come to the door. He also didn’t pick up the phone.
Hamblen called 911.
According to the sheriff's office, deputies heard a man “calling for help from inside the residence” when they arrived at the scene. Upon entering the home, they found Alexander, who reportedly suffers from severe health issues, in “need of immediate medical attention.”
Alexander was whisked to the hospital, where he is now recovering.
The sheriff's office expressed their gratitude to Hamblen “for his quick actions and willingness to take time out of his day to care for others.”
The Domino's crew was widely praised on social media for their life-saving actions. Fuller, however, insisted that the team was just doing their job.
“[Alexander is] just an important customer that’s part of our family here at Domino’s. He orders all the time so we know him. I think we were just doing our job checking in on someone we know who orders a lot. We felt like we needed to do something,” she told...
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A decade ago, Maria Cardenas was given a Virgin Mary statue as a Mother’s Day gift.
That statue, Cardenas claims, has begun to weep.
“It’s beautiful,” the Fresno, California. woman told KFSN-TV of the alleged phenomenon. Her family is calling it a “miracle.”
According to Cardenas, the statue began shedding tears about a year and a half ago after the murder of her cousin, Jessie Lopez. Since then, the statue has wept on and off, she claims, and has attracted visits from astounded believers and priests.
KFSN-TV visited Cardenas’ home and said it witnessed a tear falling from the statue’s face. “It was oily and smelled like roses,” the outlet described, “and another tear immediately started building up.”
Social media has been abuzz this week with news of the weeping Virgin Mary. Some netizens have hailed the phenomenon as a sign from God; while others have cried foul.
“Maybe time to fix that leaky roof,” wrote one Facebook user.
In recent years, there have been several reports of religious statues or images shedding tears or “crying blood.” Last May, for instance, blood reportedly appeared on the face of Mary in a painting in the Philippines. Mary’s hands in the image had also become unclasped, reports ABS-CBN News.
Also last year, reports emerged of a Mother Mary statue in Malaysia that was “coming alive.” The statue cried, smiled and had been “growing taller,” reported The Star Online. Local church officials said they were awaiting instruction from the Vatican before they could comment on the “miracle” statue.
Various explanations have been floated over the years as the possible cause of these “weeping” statues and images, from human trickery to condensation forming on the surface of these religious objects. In 2012, it was discovered that the "holy water" dripping from a statue of Jesus in India had actually come from a clogged drainage...