Roundup: Notable #WomenInSTEM Articles Throughout #WomensHistoryMonth

Below is a roundup of notable articles published throughout Women’s History Month – a sort of reference blog of articles we found ourselves reading. The conversation doesn’t stop here of course, as it is always ongoing and contextual. If you have another resource we should know about leave a comment below.

The byline of this article sums it up: “The ability to participate in science has always been political. On International Women’s Day, scientists must decide how best to defend women’s rights” – Depend on The Guardian to tell it straight:

Read: The history of women in science shows us the fight is worth it

Read: Why Black Girls Code’s founder wants to get 1 million girls of color to code

Read: Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?

Sometimes – perhaps sadly – it takes a high-profile woman to raise an otherwise obviously glaring issue. Melinda Gates tackles gender disparity in tech workforces in this Q&A:

Read: Melinda Gates: The Tech Industry Needs to Fix Its Gender Problem—Now

(Note: the Foreign Policy link below can only be accessed one time (per IP 😉 ) before being asked to make an account for access.)

This Foreign Policy article contains some interesting historical statistics of women in the tech workforce, and includes mention of some recent administrative initiatives.

Read: Gender Hack: The dearth of women in the tech world is cultural — and therefore entirely reversible.

Business Insider’s list of ‘the 43 most powerful female engineers of 2017‘ we would argue is missing one notable name 🙂 – but it’s still a very good list of many names (and fields, even companies) you might otherwise be unaware of.

In honor of National Engineers Week (February 19-25), we bring you our annual shout-out to the most powerful women engineers in US tech.

Yes, the tech industry is doing a well-documented terrible job in attracting women into engineering. And once they enter this male-dominated world, some women are subject to some appalling sexism and sexual harassment.

Read: The 43 most powerful female engineers of 2017

Read: 76 women voyage to the edge of the world to fight gender inequality

A Wired gem, this one is a profile of software engineer & Hamilton Technologies CEO Margaret Hamilton:

Read: Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself

Another Wired gem, although this one is less a profile of #WomenInSTEM and an interview with a woman in the M-of-STEM field, about the ‘beauty’ of mathematics to connect humans but also our perceived cultural disassociation from it as a field of study.

Read: The Beauty of Mathematics: It Can Never Lie to You

Last article, and this one is an opinion/commentary piece that takes a different angle at the otherwise positive ‘girls in STEM’ analysis. That’s not to say it’s not positive, but that as an opinion piece it perhaps intentionally raises more questions than it answers, borne from personal experience rather than data-ist study of the issue.

Read: ‘Girls in STEM’ culture is failing both girls and STEM

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