First up, Yami over at Green Gabbro has put out a call for women of STEMM to be interviewed for a new book.
"Written in accessible language rather than scholarly jargon, Where the Girls Aren’t will present a real picture of women in STEMM. The author will combine information gathered from research studies with actual women’s experiences. Interviewees will include both women who have become frustrated and left STEMM, as well as women who have made significant contributions to it. The author will also interview students of all ages, from elementary to graduate school, to learn what inspires and encourages them in STEMM–or why they would rather do anything else."Head over to the excellent, earth science/feminist Green Gabbro for full details.
For more discussion of the Barres' Nature article, check out Janet Stemwedel's Adventures in Ethics and Science. She's got a post titled: "Are we going to keep pretending women who want to do science and math aren't treated differently?" with at least 25 insightful comments. As a followup, she chronicles the tale from MIT where a prospective woman hire was allegedly intimidated by a star scientist. She turned down the job.
From a WSJ article (as reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Dr. Shirley Tilghman, molecular biologist, Princeton president and single mother of 2...
This is a lady I'd like to meet. There are some other good quotes in the article too. I don't read the WSJ on a regular basis, and maybe they are just following convention, but I'd like to see Tilghman titled as Dr. rather than Ms.
"WSJ: You once wrote that, "Tenure is no friend to women?" Why?
Ms. Tilghman: It comes at exactly the time when women who have gone through Ph.D. programs are most likely to be having children. So we extend the tenure clock a year for every child that you have while you're an assistant professor. (Princeton typically gives junior faculty six years to win a slot as a professor with lifetime job security.)
We do this in a gender-blind way. We think fathers should be taking time with small children, just as we believe mothers should be taking time with small children. We recently adapted that policy because we discovered that people were not taking advantage of the policy partly for fear that they would be perceived as asking for a benefit. So now we automatically extend the tenure clock. You don't ask for it. You get it."
For those interested in encouraging the next generation of women scientists, read about summer camps for girls in this profile from the University of St. Thomas.
"Our foundation supports programs like STEPS to influence young women and minorities to pursue career opportunities in manufacturing, science, engineering and technology. Studies show that young people make their scholastic career decisions around sixth or seventh grade and the camps give them an opportunity to explore their interests,” Aslin said. “The ultimate goal is to increase the number of students choosing these careers."In the program at St. Thomas, 160 girls are building RC model airplanes.
Finally, for those of you who cannot get enough of this stuff. I've got a few blogs to recommend, as the writers regularly talk about issues related to women and science. These are people who are not just talking about personal experiences, but trying to put them in a broader context. This list is arbitrary and I'm trying to keep it small, but feel free to add others in the comments.