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  1. 60 Women of Color in STEM Interviewed, 100% Report Experiencing Gender Bias

    “If you want to fit in, do you have to behave like the men?”

    A sampling of 60 women of color who work in STEM were interviewed for a study in January from UC Hastings on gender bias in STEM workplaces. The sampling was pulled from a greater survey of 557 women both of color and white.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Unbreakable Squirrel Girl In the Mash-Up You Never Knew You Wanted

    She's a squirrel, dammit. It's a MIRACLE.

    Well, our own Jill Pantozzi asked for it, and now she's got it. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/Squirrel Girl mash-up you didn't know you wanted, until now!

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  3. Hollywood Plans to Create “The Female MacGyver,” and They Want Your Help

    No, I said MacGyver. God.

    Less than 20% of engineering bachelor degrees are currently going to women, and that number's only been getting lower in recent years. So what are we as a society to do about this when we need engineers more than ever? Obviously changing the culture to be more welcoming to women would help, but that's a slow process. In the meantime, giving kids a badass engineering idol to look up to in movies and TV might do wonders.

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  4. Watch Marvel’s Elizabeth Henstridge, Aisha Tyler, & More Discuss the Media’s Portrayal of Women in STEM

    In association with Girls Who Code, the Paley Center in New York presents an evening talking women in science, technology, engineering, and math with some women you may know and love.

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  5. New Verizon Video Shows The Joy That STEM Can Bring To Girls

    Error 404: Weak women not found!

    In this new video, Verizon shows off its STEM programming and reveals what happens when young women are given a chance to fall in love with science and tech. (Spoiler alert: great things.)

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  6. The Best Way to Get Girls Into Science and Tech? Help Them Become “Makers,” Says Intel

    Yay!

    Research shows the percentage of women earning undergraduate computer science degrees in the United States is at an all-time low, despite the fact that a sizable majority of us carry mini-computers on our person at all times these days and have the audacity to call them "phones." But a new study by Intel says there's hope for the future.

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  7. Is Geek Still a Dirty Word? One Female Engineer Thinks It’s Keeping Women out of STEM Fields

    Naturally, we have some feelings about this.

    Here at The Mary Sue, we think it's incredibly important to get young girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields to fix their diversity problems, and it's great when women in those fields speak up and share their experience on the subject. Still, an opinion shared on The Washington Post by engineer Tricia Berry has us a little perplexed at why people still think geek—a word we use proudly—is a negative term.

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  8. The Doctor and the Daleks Team Up at Last… to Teach Kids to Program

    FIRST, OPEN YOUR EXTERRRMI — I MEAN TERMINAL. OPEN YOUR TERMINAL.

    The BBC is doing the U.K. primary educational system a big break, setting the Doctor up against his biggest challenge yet: teaching the U.K.'s new programming core requirements.

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  9. Carnegie Science Center Makes Less-Than-Optimal Programming Choice For Girl Scouts

    Hey, at least it wasn't cookie making, right?

    I have immense respect for the Carnegie Science Center. The Institution does a lot of admirable work, and I can only imagine the intricate decision process involved in coordinating its programs. But big organizations are bound to make mistakes sometimes, right?

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  10. “Miss Possible” Dolls Teach Young Girls About Historical Role Models

    WTB Ada Lovelace doll PST

    Behold the latest Barbie-challenger to enter the field: Miss Possible, an as-of-yet conceptual line of dolls designed to introduce young'uns to inspiring women in history.

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  11. Our Friend Bill Nye Did an AMA, Here Are Our Favorite Answers!

    And could we see a return of "The Science Guy" to television?

    Our Friend Bill Nye and some of his friends did a Reddit AMA today about searching for life on Jupiter's moon Europa. Nye's answered touched on some other excited subjects like the possibility of his return to television!

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  12. Chelsea Clinton and Kari Byron Are Hosting a Panel Discussion Today About STEM-Based Education for Young Women

    What about STEME? Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Exploding Stuff?

    Recently, it seems there's a big push for STEM-based education for school-aged girls and young women. (Yay!) Google launched a coding initiative for girls, Verizon gut-punched our feels with this commercial, and today Mythbuster Kari Byron and former-First Daughter Chelsea Clinton are live streaming a panel on the topic.

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  13. Stephanie Kwolek, Pioneering Chemist, Has Passed Away At 90

    Thank you, madame. You made the world a safer place.

    Fox News is reporting that Stephanie Kwolek, the chemist who invented the durable fiber used in Kevlar Body Armor, has passed away at 90 of an unknown illness.

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  14. This Commercial About Teaching Girls Science Has No Right Making Us Feel These Feelings

    No, I'm not crying. I just have something stuck in my... um, soul.

    Verizon's new #InspireHerMind campaign wants to point out the importance of teaching young girls about STEM. To do that, they put out this commercial about how deeply ingrained gender expectations influence the way we raise our children, which in turn influences what they become interested in when they grow up--and not necessarily for the better. Geez, Verizon, heartbreaking much?

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  15. All-Girl Student “Team Rocket Power” Blasts off at the Speed of Light… to the White House

    Spaaaaaaaaaaace

    Science is all about proving things with verifiable evidence, so we've got some evidence to the contrary of anyone who thinks girls aren't into science. A group of three high school girls demonstrated an expertise in rocket engineering that got them invited to the White House Science Fair. In fact, this year's White House Science Fair made a general effort to focus on the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, education, and mathematics) fields, and it looks like they found no shortage there.

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  16. Things We Saw Today: Captain Picard and Batman Fighting Xenomorphs

    Things We Saw Today

    Seven seasons and a movie. Artwork by Jimsmash. (via Neatorama)

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  17. Google Finally Releases Its Staff Diversity Numbers, Admits It’s Overwhelmingly White and Male

    Elsewhere on the internet

    "Don't be evil" is Our Great Overlord and Master Google's unofficial motto, but there's one area where they're having trouble keeping to that: Staff diversity. According to data just released by Google itself, the web behemoth's staff of just under 50,000 is whiter and more male than the Republican National Convention.

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  18. Poor Execution of the Day: Codebabes Motivates Beginning Coders With Naked Women

    BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE

    Look, Codebabes.com, you could have the best intentions in the world, and you would still be a perfect example of everything that is wrong with the perception of women in the coding industry.

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  19. Awareness of Female Scientists Is So Bad That 12% Of People Asked To Name One Picked a Dude Instead

    Isambard Kingdon Brunel. 19th century mechanical and civil engineer. Pioneer of public transportation. British. And the name that 12% of people gave when asked to name a famous female scientist, despite the fact that he's a dude.

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  20. STEM Hiring Managers Often Favor Male Candidates, Says Yet Another Study

    Sigh. These findings aren't groundbreaking, but they shine more light on a very real problem: Hiring managers, both men and women, often perceive male candidates to be better qualified for science and tech jobs, even when their actual on-paper qualifications say otherwise. Fixing the STEM gender gap isn't just about encouraging interested students -- it's about making sure those students can get jobs one day.

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