women-and-tech

A major takeaway: I didn’t fail at programming!

This past semester I took a class on iOS app development. I have been building websites since I was 14 (back in the days of geocities and black backgrounds with fancy bright fonts and animated gifs before they were cool), both personally and professionally, so I have quite a bit of knowledge and experience with…

The Science Wars

I used to be in the sciences in Chemistry, and then I confused everyone when I left to study feminism, oppression, and the humanities and social sciences. At the time, I felt really guilty about my decision, and faced some backlash. Some people thought I was taking an easy way out, wasting my tuition dollars,…

5 Reasons for Female Students to Go Into Science and Math

By Guest Contributor Nancy Parker Today, there is increasing encouragement and support for women to enter careers in science and math. These are often called STEM fields, with STEM standing for science, technology, engineering and math. Still, despite this support, women remain underrepresented in STEM careers. There are a number of reasons why female students…

Women in STEM Fields – Part III: Why we need women in STEM and what we can do

By Guest Contributor Aparna Ramen Why Do We Need Women in STEM Fields? Attracting and retaining more women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce will maximize innovation, creativity, and competitiveness. Many STEM fields are high-growth fields. o      Many science and engineering occupations are predicted to grow faster than the average rate for…

Women in STEM Fields – Part II: Why So Few?

By Guest Contributor Aparna Ramen Last time, we looked over some educational statistics on women in STEM fields. We saw that women were greatly underrepresented in these fields nationally, with less than half as many female students as male students entering STEM fields, and the odds of attrition for women students in those fields being…

Women in STEM Fields – Part I: The Stats (B)

By Guest Contributor Aparna Ramen So we saw (in my previous post) that women were greatly underrepresented in many STEM fields throughout the nation. Fewer women entered and remained in STEM fields. What about here at the U of M? Surely women are better represented here in those fields? After all, we have the nation’s…