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IGNITE: Technology Is a Women's Rights Issue

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro

From the Internet to mobile phones, technology enables us to connect with each other and the world around us in new and innovative ways. Yet there is a serious gender gap when it comes to technological access, literacy, and influence.

Sir Isaac Newton and the Inadvertent Feminist

Eugene Ramos | Posted 11.24.2014 | Science
Eugene Ramos

When I wrote Newton's Laws of Emotion, I didn't set out to create Sophia, Sir Isaac Newton's romantic interest in the film, as a role model for girls. But now that I have, I dearly hope that one day if this movie ever makes it to the big screen, a young girl will point at Sophia and say, "I want to be like her."

Sexism Is Alive and Well in Medicine

Elizabeth Horn | Posted 11.13.2014 | Women
Elizabeth Horn

While demographic data may suggest otherwise, I still consider myself a minority, albeit a less common one. I am a young woman in medicine, and I am a natural blonde.

From Cooking to Conservation: Women Take Action to Protect the Planet

Meg Lowman | Posted 11.06.2014 | Science
Meg Lowman

In my work as a conservation biologist, I often find myself as the only woman at the table. Despite the many advances of women in the boardroom and on the corporate payroll, the world of conservation brokers remains male-dominated. Why not engage the other 51 percent of the population?

Jane Goodall Shows John Oliver How To Eat A Banana Chimp-Style

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 11.03.2014 | Science

Having worked with chimps for over 50 years, Jane Goodall is more than comfortable hanging out with primates -- and it turns out she can hold her own ...

These Cringe-Worthy Stories Show It Can Be Hard For Women In Science

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.06.2014 | Science

Are sexist comments keeping women from pursuing careers in science and technology? When we posed that question to users on the Whisper app, the res...

How to Raise a Woman Scientist

Meg Lowman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Science
Meg Lowman

Although things have changed considerably for women in the world of science since the brave and bold Marie Curie began paving the way, there are still far too few women pursuing science careers, including my own field of forest canopy biology. Simply put, we're missing out on a tremendous number of great minds.

Are Nasty Comments Like These Keeping Women Out Of Science?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.25.2014 | Science

"It's death by a thousand cuts. Every day you’re faced with some comment, some snide remark, some inability to get a name on a research paper. And w...

5 Traditionally Male Jobs You Didn't Know Women Pioneered

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.26.2014 | Women

Today, women make up nearly half of America's workforce, and counting. But even as women achieve new levels of success at work, some fields remain hea...

Christian Women in Science Celebrate First Year -- And Are Reaching for More!

Lynn Billman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Lynn Billman

'I don't have to filter what I say!' Sharon Petzinger, a wildlife biologist who studies birds for the state of New Jersey, said this to me with a light of joy in her eyes. Hannah Ryan, a grad student at the University of Colorado, echoed the sentiment.

40 Percent Of Female Engineers Are Leaving The Field. This Might Be Why.

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women

While all of the efforts channeled towards getting girls to study science, technology, engineering and math have certainly increased graduation rates ...

Female Trainees In The Sciences Report Harassment And Assault

Julienne Rutherford | Posted 09.23.2014 | Science
Julienne Rutherford

Our main findings -- that women trainees were disproportionately targeted for abuse, and that targets generally felt they had few avenues to report or resolve these problems -- suggest that at least some science field sites are neither safe nor inclusive.

What These STEM College Women Are Doing This Summer

Diane Propsner | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Having graduated from a women's college with a degree in biology, I thought it would be fun to see what my fellow STEM sisters are doing this summer.

Pink Is the New Red

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

The girl who'd thrust her hand high in the air when the red planet was offered up to the group claimed Mars. "Why did you want to be Mars?" I asked her afterwards. I was not prepared for her unabashed reply: "I like pink. It was closest to pink."

The First Female Astronomer

Mario Livio | Posted 09.08.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

In 2009 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) held its general assembly in Rio de Janeiro. Of the 2,109 participants, 667 (or 31.6 percent) were women. Indeed, in recent years, the fraction of women among astronomers has been growing continuously. But who is considered to have been the first female astronomer?

Should Women Avoid Jobs in STEM?

Stella Kasdagli | Posted 08.31.2014 | Women
Stella Kasdagli

As various studies have shown, boys are not genetically better at math or science than girls. It is our social perceptions and stereotypes that keep girls and women following related courses, choosing STEM-related study fields and performing their best at them.

Outreach Key to Increasing STEM Student Population

Lisa S. Coico | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
Lisa S. Coico

I eagerly await the opening of the City College Center for Discovery and Innovation, a 200,000-square-foot facility on our south campus that will hous...

Her Solution for Getting More Girls Interested in STEM

Diane Propsner | Posted 06.28.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Only after recently learning that her childhood experience is more atypical than typical, Flynn decided to do something to share her STEM passion with young girls.

Why We Need Women to Advance in Science

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD | Posted 05.24.2014 | Science
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

Women have been investigating the natural world since antiquity -- but probably a lot of people would be hard-pressed to name a female scientist besides Marie Curie.

How This Shark-Loving, Lacrosse Player Found Her Joy at a Women's College

Diane Propsner | Posted 05.24.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Because her campus visit went well, Jordy was warming up to the idea of attending a women's college. But she wanted to learn more about Converse and decided that an overnight stay would be a good idea.

What if a Woman Wants to Believe in Both Jesus and Science?

Lynn Billman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Lynn Billman

This may seem a strange question to many of you, but it is not strange to a young Christian, "on fire for Christ" as we say, who is also on fire to ...

The Easiest Way To Help Women In Science

Posted 03.19.2014 | Women

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affectin...

STEM Girls Become FUN Gals at Cedar Crest College

Diane Propsner | Posted 02.10.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Only a few years ago, Jessica Hile, Jenette Stadnik, Natalie Akers and Julia Kelly were STEM girls; now in college they continue to explore their interests. Jessica is in her junior year and is majoring in biodiversity and conservation biology.

Women in Science: Standing on the Edge

Adele Gulfo | Posted 02.10.2014 | Science
Adele Gulfo

Who is responsible for helping women break down barriers? The answer is simple: We all are. As individuals, we can each take action in the workplace -- for example, by sponsoring other talented women, advocating on behalf of a worthy candidate and recommending her for a career opportunity.

The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize: Praising Pioneers in Biomedical Research

Jeanne Garbarino | Posted 02.02.2014 | Science
Jeanne Garbarino

Dr. Paul Greengard used the entirety of his 2000 Nobel Prize winnings to establish the Pearl Meister Greengard (PMG) Prize, which spotlights the extraordinary achievements of women in science and hopefully inspires future generations of women in their pursuit of scientific careers.