#MeToo in STEM + More

Women in STEM Saying #MeToo

A report released by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reveals that STEM education simply isn’t enough to end a culture of sexual harassment of women in science. The study contains decades of research and dozens of interviews with women who were targets of sexual harassment. Some STEM programs, like Girls 4 Science, were disheartened by these findings, but others, like AppCamp for Girls, were not surprised to hear that women in science are saying #MeToo. The report offers 14 major recommendations, such as transparency in the investigation and reporting process. One report committee member, Kate Clancy, emphasizes, “It should not be on our daughters (to fix the problem). It should be on us.”

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STEM Entrepreneur: Sally Ride

 

Thirty-five years ago Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman to go to space on the Challenger space shuttle.  Early on, Ride noticed that young girls and women tend to stray away from the STEM fields, and she became committed to address this fact by starting a business, Sally Ride Science, Inc.  From writing children’s science books and working closely with NASA on the EarthKAM project, which enabled children to learn about space directly from a camera on the space shuttle, Ride inspired young people, and particularly young women, to take a profound interest in STEM.

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UK Foreign Secretary Prioritizes #LeaveNoGirlBehind

On June 14th, the UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson met with British fashion icon and philanthropist Naomi Campbell to discuss the #LeaveNoGirlBehind campaign, which aims to promote the opportunity for all girls to receive 12 years of quality education by 2030. Mr. Johnson is working to build a global coalition of influencers in business, politics, and entertainment to maximize girls’ access to education. He has also met with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown as well as Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, Ivanka Trump, and philanthropist Melinda Gates. Britain is paving the way to success by providing 400 million to enable over 1.5 million vulnerable girls to receive a quality education.

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Sexual Harrassment in the US Judicial System

Since the Taliban fell in 2011, millions of girls have returned to school in Afghanistan thanks to billions of dollars from international donors. Yet still, a 2017 World Bank Report indicates that 66% of Afghanistan's girls are not in school, and those who are still face poor facilities, low quality of education, and discrimination against women. The former director of Afghanistan's anti-corruption agency revealed that teaching jobs are often acquired by paying a bribe rather than qualifications, explaining the poor quality of education and why many parents pull their daughters out of school. The anti-corruption reports also show that the construction and rehabilitation of school buildings are incomplete, and that trustees did not take the billions of dollars international donors have invested to the right people.


Human Rights Watch: Pregnancy Inhibiting Education in Africa

A recent news report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) cites that tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa. HRW looked at national laws, policies, and practices that either block or support pregnant girls and adolescent’ mothers right to primary and secondary education. While 26 African countries have ensured the rights of these girls to attend schools, these policies were not always monitored and carried out. Fortunately, countries like Gabon and Zambia support adolescent mothers returning to school by offering free primary and secondary education, accommodated breast-feeding times, flexible school shifts and nearby nurseries.

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Women’s Financial Confidence and Empowerment

 

The need for more women to become financially confident and learn how to talk about both money and power relationships in the workplace is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society.  To be financially empowered, women can learn negotiation techniques, become more financially educated and even find a financial mentor to guide them through the processes. With challenges such as wage gaps and the need to take career breaks to pursue motherhood, being financially knowledgeable is crucial.

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