Women in STEM: Four Resources to Learn More About Female Scientists

Unfortunately, many technical industries remain male-dominated. This continued societal imbalance isn’t doing anything to improve the U.S. global rank on the issue. Therefore, real progress is likely to require a more concerted, targeted effort on everyone’s part.

For educators and parents who want to provide girls with more information about opportunities for women in a science or math career such as engineering, there are several excellent resources available about women in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.… [Read more]

American Anti-Intellectualism and Social Inequalities in the Age of Trump

We live in the age of Trump. What this means will vary from individual to individual, but for every person who thinks he represents straightforward business, there is another that believes he represents an affront to American intellectualism.

Perhaps it’s because of comments like this, spoken by Trump at a campaign rally in 2016:

“You know, I’ve always wanted to say this—I’ve never said this before with all the talking we all do, all of these experts, ‘Oh we need an expert’—the experts are terrible!”

Nicholas Baer, Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the University of Chicago’s Society of Fellows at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities, mentions as much in his article, “American Idiot: Rethinking Anti-Intellectualism in the Age of Trump.” He draws heavily upon the work of Tom Nichols, a book titled The Death of Expertise.… [Read more]

3 Great Scholarship Sources for Tech Students

Despite the Republican tax plan that includes elimination of student loan interest deductions, earning an education is still worthwhile – especially in areas that are in demand globally. Given the increasing demand for STEM graduates, questions remain for many about their ability to earn a degree – including how they would pay for it. Fortunately, there are many scholarships open specifically to tech students.… [Read more]

Student Loans: What Degrees Pay for Themselves Quickly?

The cost of college tuition increases every year, and the majority of students have to take on debt to afford going to school. Many students struggle financially after graduating from college because of their large monthly student loan payments. In our changing political and economic environment, having a degree that won’t leave students saddled with overwhelming debt is worth investigating; choosing a degree that allows you to pursue a stable and high-paying career will help you pay off your loans easily.… [Read more]

Why a STEM Degree is the Best Choice for Undecided High School Leavers

Leaving high school and deciding on a college major can be a very challenging time if you don’t have a career in mind yet that you want to follow. If you are certain that you want to do a degree that will make you employable, but is also versatile enough to allow you to choose your field or specialism later on, then there are a few paths you can go down, for instance studying business.… [Read more]

The Status of Women in Higher Education and STEM Careers

In today’s world, many industries are still very male-dominated. As a professional scuba diver in India, I’ve often been the only as the female professional in otherwise all-male settings. And while scuba diving is still a relatively new trend in India, my experience is far from unique. From fields such as investing banking to today’s top money making STEM professions, the ratio of women in the workplace, and women rising to the “top” is less than ideal.… [Read more]

History 101—One way WWII had a positive impact for women

In my spare time {groan} I’ve been reading Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation. I enjoy reading about and studying history, and WWII is one of my favorite subjects. You remember WWII , you know, that war we fought to clean up the mess from WWI. You remember WWI, the ‘war to end all wars’. As the men went to war, women went to the workplace and, even though they were ‘fired’ at the end of the war, their presence in the workplace created more opportunities for women.… [Read more]