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"Designed to Inspire"

Powerpoint from 2009 webinar by Thea Sahr, Associate Director, Educational Outreach, WGBH providing information about free resources you can use in your K-12 outreach programs to unleash kids' ingenuity and get them thinking like engineers. Webinar features public television's Curious George, Design Squad, and FETCH with Ruff Ruffman.

"Solo" Faculty: Reducing Stress and Increasing Retention

This 44-page, inexpensive booklet is used in orientation and advancement sessions for early-stage faculty and in leadership-development sessions for chairs, deans, emerging leaders. While the "solo phenomenon" produces six significant stressors, there are ways to short-circuit or reduce those stressors, as this publication outlines. Six Discussion Scenarios are also included.

"Strategies Within": Forum to Provide Input to CAWMSET & Effect Internal Change

Four page brochure-like summary of efforts that businesses and government can take to increase the recruitment/hiring, advancement and retention of women in the technical workforce. High level points re recruitment, recognition of women, flexible workplace, image management and institutionalizing diversity policy.

"You're all a bunch of fucking feminists:" Addressing the perceived conflict between gender and professional identities using the Montreal Massacre

A case study of the Montreal Massacre was employed in a core engineering thermodynamics class, using two video news clips to spur discussion about the event and about the intersection of gender identity and feminist politics with the engineering profession. In the pilot test of our lesson plan, students discussed strategies for addressing overt and subtle sexism, negotiating questions of dress in the profession, the ways they use gendered behavior or gender distancing as strategies, work-life...

(Re)Gendering Science Fields: Transforming Academic Science and Engineering

This five-page article serves as an introduction to a special journal issue based on a 2002 conference hosted by the Iowa State University Women's Studies Program on retaining women in STEM academic fields. This would be a useful resource to those trying to determine if the rest of the volume would be valuable.

101 Facts on the Status of Working Women

List of 101 statistics on working women compiled from different sources which are listed at the bottom of the report. Categories, all related to working women, include women in the U.S. labor force, the wage gap, women in higher education, childcare, women in Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, women entrepreneurs, and more. Excellent overview information for initial benchmarking or presentation information.

2001 Survey of Literature

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) literature review assessing major themes in 2001 research-based articles related to women in engineering. Publications are from the year 2001, and most were indexed and abstracted in the major literature databases. Doctoral dissertations cited were published in the year 2000. Article includes extensive bibliography from 2001 publications.

2002 Survey of Literature

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) literature review assessing major themes in 2002 research-based articles related to women in engineering. Authors highlight articles and dissertations regarding interest in understanding the movement of women and girls into and through the engineering pipeline and their experiences in that pipeline. Article includes extensive bibliography from 2002 publications.

2009 Technical Executive Forum - The Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Technical Women: Breaking Barriers to Cultural Change in Corporations

This 15-page report summarizes 3 key topics of the 2009 Anita Borg Institute (ABI) Technical Executive Forum: a review of cultural issues that prevent the recruitment, retention, and advancement of technical women; solutions for cultural change; and breakout sessions focused on specific ideas and actions. The forum was held at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, an initiative which brings together thought leaders to raise awareness and drive action among R&D executives on...

2009-2010 Biennial Report to Congress: Broadening Participation in America's STEM Workforce

This 55 page biennial report to Congress includes progress by the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE). CEOSE presents a trend analysis of the numbers of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities involved in STEM education; a trend analysis of NSF’s funding of underrepresented principal investigators and broadening participation programs; a profile of the Foundation’s workforce of scientists and engineers; a review of CEOSE’s focus and activities during...

2010-2011 Taulbee Survey: Continued Increase in Undergraduate CS Degree Producation; Slight Rise in Doctoral Production

This 18-page report from the Computing Research Association (CRA) details the results of the 2010-2011 Taulbee Survey, an annual survey that documents the trends in student enrollment, degree production, employment of graduates, and faculty salaries in academic units in the U.S. and Canada that grant degrees in computer science and computer engineering (CS & CE). The report presents data and statistics on doctoral degree production, enrollments and employment; master’s and bachelor’s...

A Challenge to Academic Health Centers and the National Institutes of Health to Prevent Unintended Gender Bias in the Selection of Clinical and Translational Science Award Leaders

Article examines why men, compared with women, are far more likely to be selected as PIs in Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) proposals. Describes research on the characteristics of effective leadership and research relevant to the impact of unintended biases on women's success. On the basis of this background, offers suggestions to the NIH and academic institutions for facilitating the selection of the best person-man or women-to lead a CTSA program.

A cluster-analytic investigation of subtypes of adult career counseling clients: Toward a taxonomy of career problems

Two hundred and seventy-eight adults who ranged in age from 18 to 69 years and were voluntarily in career counseling completed measures pre- and postcounseling to assess career-related variables (e.g., vocational identity) and psychological issues that may affect career concerns (e.g., level of psychological distress). Participant-clients received 1 to 14 sessions of individual career counseling, according to the need of each participant. The counselors were trained to use a holistic method...

A Compendium of the SWE Annual Literature Reviews on Women in Engineering

Collection of annual SWE literature reviews excerpted from SWE magazine from 2001-2011. Each literature review contains expert analysis and a bibliography of issues related to women in STEM in education and the workplace. Online, aggregated resource will be extended each year.

A Cosmetics Module for Women in Engineering Programs

This paper discusses a week-long workshop at Rowan University titled AWE: Attracting Women into Engineering during the summer. This workshop is targeted for female students from the 7th and 8th grades to expose them to the challenges and excitement of engineering. Novel hands-on experiments in the various fields of engineering with state of the art technology are used to boost the participants’ interest in engineering. This paper examines the cosmetics module added to the workshop to...

A Cox Regression Analysis of a Women's Mentoring Program in Engineering

This paper describes a women's mentoring program at an elite engineering school and applies Cox regression with time-dependent covariates as a major part of its evaluation. The 241 women who had participated in the program from 1999 to 2007 were found to be significantly more likely to be retained in engineering than nonparticipants at any given length of time spent in engineering. Results of the analysis were supported by the most recent questionnaire data about the program, which...

A Delphi Study to Structure a Working Conference on Women’s Success in STEM

In this paper the authors present results of a qualitative study that was conducted to provide structure for a working conference scheduled for late Spring 2007 intended to a) foster intergenerational and interdisciplinary dialogue on workplace factors associated with women’s success in STEM, and b) develop a set of potential research questions to guide future work. This qualitative study implemented a process where principles of content analysis and the Delphi methodology were applied in...

A Diagnostic-ration Approach to Measuring Beliefs about the Leadership Abilities of Male and Female Managers

Research done using a diagnostic-ration measurement strategy. Approximately 150 managers judged the effectiveness of other middle managers (both male and female) as it relates to leadership. They were rated on their proclivity to exhibit each of 14 leader behaviors. The outcome: males were more likely to exhibit some leader behaviors while others were exhibited more by females. Stigmatism of gender groups is discussed.

A Feminist Approach to University-Industry Relations: Integrating Theories of Gender, Knowledge, and Capital

This paper explains why information about university-industry ties is relevant to global justice issues and should be garnering critical scrutiny from various feminist perspectives. Knowledge about university-industry ties aids in understanding of: (1) nonhierarchical structures; (2) academic capitalism and intellectual property laws; (3) how exclusion of women from technoscience networks shapes technology, commodifies women's bodies, and has implications for justice in developing nations.
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