I'm sure I'm not the first male panelist to give up my seat and try to inject some gender diversity into a conference panel, but we still have a long way to go. Miranda rightly asked the question that many were asking, and she also had the confidence to come forward when I asked her to join the panel -- and I am so glad she did.
I never thought anything was off-limits. When I was in the eighth grade, my dad introduced me to industrial design. It hooked me. I loved the idea of designing products that people use every day and I loved computers and creating in a digital space. Then, I met the Internet and it all coalesced. The Internet gave me the tools to create digital experiences that touch millions of people.
If you are a woman--good. There's no finer thing to be. Actually, I take that back. A finer thing is to be a woman AND to be in FIRST Robotics. ...
Coding is, indeed, everywhere today. And while not all of our students will be coders or engineers, they all need to acquire a level of coding literacy that will enable them to understand the power of coding in any career direction they choose.
If we do not take into account this deep rooted gender bias, that is ingrained in the structure of our systems and beliefs, progress cannot be made.
Courage is a difficult characteristic to possess. The courage to be different, the courage to succeed and even the courage to try something new and risk failure are all forces that govern our daily activities.
We're not trying to create a new generation of programmers and scientists. We're empowering a generation of women with the skills they need to make their own futures and the confidence to dream big and see alternatives to the way we live today.
In 2013, according to My College Options, one of our key research partners with Million Women Mentors, under 7 percent of boys and 4 percent girls interested in STEM report having a mentor encouraging them.
Computing has become an inextricable part of our lives. While I can't argue that computer science is more important than calculus or statistics or a physical or natural science course, it's becoming extremely difficult to argue that it shouldn't be an equal player in that array of extraordinary human achievement.
My advice to those kids, and to all kids, is to keep thinking outside the box, think up, and work on, solutions that seem unconventional. Because it is the unconventional people just like them who have moved STEM fields forward, and it will be the unconventional thinkers like them who will continue to do so.
I kept thinking back to what I was like in 7th or 8th grade and wondered what that girl would have wanted to hear. And finally, I decided that was the girl I needed to talk to. Here is the advice I would have given to the 7th-grade me.
Reshma Shetty is a co-founder of Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism design company building organisms to spec for customers across markets including nutrition, health and consumer goods.
It needs to be okay for women to fail. We need flawed women whose mistakes represent just that -- their own mistakes. Not reflections upon our entire gender, not held up as reasons for why women aren't meant to be in tech. We need to accept women in this field who want to be here just because it's a great place to be.
Nope, Hillary wasn't the first. Before her there was Victoria C. Woodhull. I hear you asking, "Victoria who?" Most people haven't ever heard of this 19th century female suffrage icon, but she was a revolutionary woman before her time. Here are seven things she can teach us about being strong, modern women.
Last Thursday was Career Stars in the Media Center at Westland Middle School in Montgomery County. Spending so much time in corporate America, I was a tad nervous and wanted to do an especially good job as my daughter was in the audience.
It blows my mind that someone would fret over the gender of volunteers. Isn't the reason why we organize events for girls to show them that gender isn't a barrier? We shouldn't criticize men for their gender when they want to help us with our goals.