Category Archives: Women in Tech

"Boys clubs" are still keeping minorities out of leadership roles, study finds

Image courtesy: Canva. “Old boys’ clubs” — a moniker used to describe social advantages men have over women in professional settings — could be responsible for a third of the corporate gender gap, according to a new study by Zoe Cullen of Harvard Business School and Ricardo Perez-Truglia of UCLA. “We find that when male employees are assigned to male managers, they

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It will take 99.5 years to close the global gender gap, according to new survey

Image courtesy: World Economic Forum It will take 99.5 years to close the gender gap in health, education, work, and political sectors, according to a new Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum.  The assessment is nearly a decade better than 2018’s estimate, which calculated it would take 108 years to reach global parity. The improved outlook is attributed to an

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See it, be it: Mentoring strengthens a student's commitment, study finds

Photo courtesy: Pexels/Christina Morillo. Edited by We Rep STEM. Students paired with professional mentors are more likely to gain a deep understanding and passion for their work, according to new research led by Consuelo Waight, associate professor of human development at the University of Houston. “By taking the students outside the classroom, they saw the relevance and meaningfulness of what they were

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Male scientists more likely to describe their work as "unprecedented" or "groundbreaking" than females

Thumbnail image edited by We Rep Stem. Scientist photo courtesy of Unsplash/the CDC.  appearing in the Christmas issue of The BMJ. “Citations are often used to gauge a researcher’s influence so may have important implications for career progress,” lead author Marc J. Lerchenmueller and his team said in a statement. “Women remain underrepresented in academic medicine and the life sciences. They

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Rude paper reviews disproportionately harm minority groups

“This author’s status as a trans person has distorted his view of sex beyond the biological reality.” “The first author is a woman. She should be in the kitchen, not writing papers.” “The author’s last name sounds Spanish. I didn’t read the manuscript because I’m sure it’s full of bad English.” These are just a few examples of unprofessional peer

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Women in engineering: Barriers remain 30 years after École Polytechnique shooting

Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University The 30th anniversary of the Montréal Massacre is an opportunity to reflect on what has changed after three decades of advocacy on violence against women, on gun control and on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Three years after the massacre, the Canadian Committee on Women in Engineering released its “More Than Just Numbers”

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Parents’ gender attitudes may be keeping Japanese girls out of STEM programs

Photo courtesy: Pexels In Japan, women’s enrollment in STEM programs remains low, and that could be tied to the stereotypical gender roles that are assigned to males and females at childhood, according to a new study out of the University of Tokyo. “In Japan, women’s participation in STEM fields remains lower than in the west,” reads a statement by the researchers. “Japan ranked 110

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