Guest blogger Lesley L. Smith, Ph.D. has earned a plethora of degrees, including a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics. In 2012, she added to her collection by completing her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. … More
Today is Ada Lovelace Day. For those of you who don’t know, Ada was considered to be the world’s first computer programmer. More than 150 years after her death, she remains an inspiring figure — and a reminder of why women still have so far to go when it comes to STEM careers. Yes, we have amazing women like Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg but women still only make up just 25% of the STEM workforce.
A former classmate of mine, and one of the most intelligent people I’ll ever have the pleasure of calling a friend, just graduated from Stanford with his Ph. D in Chemistry. I would give everyone his name so that we could all say “Congratulations,” but he’s a bit of a private person, so I’ll contain myself. This friend was lucky enough to find a position working in his field directly after graduation. And really, I wasn’t surprised. See I, like most people, assumed that anyone who could graduate with a Ph. D. from Stanford pretty much had their pick of job opportunities. I was wrong. More
The lack of women going into STEM fields is still astonishing and the problem is believed to start with young girls in the classroom. This issue could start to be dealt with if more teachers and students had the same attitude as Albert Einstein, the smartest man that ever lived. Maria Popova of BrainPickings pointed out that in the new book, Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein’s Letters to and from Children, the legendary mathematician informs a young girl interested in science that there is no reason to be concerned about being a girl who happens to like science. It doesn’t matter what sex you are as long as you find passion in the subject. And that is what everyone should keep in mind. More