ICE engineers happy!


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Enjoy this engaging video by the engineers of the UK Institute of Civil Engineers, happy about their great work. Happy Thanksgiving!


Another physicist for my research…


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Thank you, Donna Milgram, for linking this article by Rachel E. Scherr in your newsletter:Hmm...not just the classroom, but women experience this phenomenon in boardrooms and meeting rooms across the professions

Guest: What keeps girls from studying physics and STEM | Opinion | The Seattle Times | September 14, 2014

Rachel writes:

I had fallen in love with physics while working as a science museum docent, where I learned the simple principles behind beautiful and puzzling natural phenomena.

My advanced placement (AP) physics class, unfortunately, was about memorizing equations and applying them to specific contrived examples. I did not perform well on the midterm exam. The teacher advised me to drop the course, along with all the other girls in the class.

I stayed despite the teacher’s pressure, as the only girl in the class, and did well in the long run.

Funny, that cartoon also reflects what women experience in boardrooms and meeting rooms across sectors and across professions.

I will have to connect with Rachel Scherr: our research seems to align…

Miss Possible soon to join Goldie Blox in the Toy Aisle

Just heard about this new challenger in the battle against gendered toys: Miss Possible. This doll will keep Goldi Blox company as they, together, reduce the pink in the girls’ toy aisle. Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves, who met while in the University of Illinois engineering program, launched their campaign on Indiegogo mid-July and reached their goal just last week.

Pretty exciting to see young engineers stepping up to make social change.

Shaking up the opportunities for girls:


What is feminism today?


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The f-word came up a few weeks ago and now it seems I cannot get away from it…

When I started this doctoral program to research the gender balance in engineering question, I wanted to completely avoid the f-word. In fact, during my final presentation at the end of the first residency period, I said outright that I am not a feminist. A feminist would want to be known as a female engineer but my greatest wish is that I am no longer introduced that way. I’m just an engineer. Continue reading

Science is for everyone – including girls!

Dr. Randy Newman, Professor of Psychology at Acadia University, presents brief overview of the history and barriers leading to women’s underrepresentation in science. This informative talk is humorous and professional … and filled with a great historical reference that I shall be following up with!


Gornick, V. (2009). The History of Women in Science. Feminist Press, The City University of New York. ISBN: 978-1-55861-587-8

Interesting Automated Comments

I have been receiving a number of comments on my blog. Thank you, so much! Nice to know that I am posting something of interest. I try to respond as quickly as I can.

I’ve been getting some, though, that are oddly crafted: supportive but encouraging me to expand my reach by signing up at a particular website. I heard a report on Spark ( about programs that are written to post comments directing people to their sites. Well, I’m glad I moderate the comments here, because this is one of them that I received. Continue reading


Chelsea Clinton Promotes Gender Diversity In Tech Sector



Interesting comments from the past US-presidential family… I will have to find Chelsea’s data. The article gives interesting anecdotes from women who were discouraged in middle school and high school. From the ASEE aggregator:

The Denver Post (6/24, Torres) reports that Chelsea Clinton took part in a panel discussion at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Monday, calling for greater efforts to promote gender diversity in the technology industry. The paper quotes Clinton saying, “There are fewer girls who are aspirational in the math and science fields in the United States than there were 20 years ago. We have significantly fewer women graduating with computer science degrees. We have significantly fewer women graduating with mechanical engineering degrees than we did in the mid and late 1980s.”

UK STEM Gender Gap increasing?


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From my good friend, Gord Stuart, another great and relevant article. I’m curious whether this is simply in response to confusion around a new educational system. Warrants further investigation in my mind…

From ACM TechNews: Female Tech Staff ‘in Decline’ in the U.K. BBC News. The gender gap in the U.K. information technology industry is getting worse, according to a new report from BCS, the chartered institute for IT, and E-Skills U.K. The Women in IT scorecard indicates women account for just 16 percent of the British IT workforce. Moreover, the study found the problem starts early, considering girls consistently outperform boys in computing A-level results, but only account for 6.5 percent of test-takers. Girls also make up only 13 percent of entries for computer science General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSEs). Meanwhile, the proportion of women working as self-employed IT specialists has doubled over the past decade, and women earn 16 percent less on average than men. “The continuing decline in women entering the IT profession is a real threat for the U.K. and an issue that clearly we need to address,” says BCS Women chairwoman Gillian Arnold. E-Skills U.K. CEO Karen Price also notes “this joint report provides the evidence we need to face the problem head-on, and to develop hard hitting and effective interventions to solve it.”