The Hypatia Project consortium is always on the lookout for the latest resources on the topic of gender-inclusiveness and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Here is our digest of what’s driving European and global conversations.
Unravel your biases.
In the September issue of Science Magazine, editor-in-chief Jeremy Berg argues for a proactive approach to the implicit bias that underpin the persistent assumption that science is a male domain (Measuring and managing bias). In his words, such bias “should be acknowledged and managed, rather than denied or ignored.” Interested in having a conversation about implicit bias? Hypatia toolkit’s “Test Yourself” can be a good starting point.
Crack the code.
Commissioned by UNESCO, the report Cracking the Code: Girls’ and women’s education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) aims to “decipher the factors that hinder or facilitate girls’ and women’s participation, achievement and continuation in STEM education”. It provides global statistics and suggests interventions targeted at different levels and factors which influence girls’ and women’s relationship with STEM. You’ll find a lot of synergies with our own theoretical framework and promising examples from across the world.
Gender equality and the SDGs.
“Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” is the 5th Sustainable Development Goal the United Nations aspire to achieve by 2030. The report Education for Sustainable Development Goals presents the cognitive, socio-emotional, and behavioural learning objectives associated with this goal. Also featured: suggested topics for discussion and learning approaches and methods.
The European view.
Commissioned by Microsoft, the report Why Europe’s girls aren’t studying STEM seeks to determine the point when girls begin to lose their interest in science subjects, and the factors behind this. A quantitative survey of 11,500 women across 12 European countries underpins recommendations for policymakers, educators and private sector executives on how to get more young women interested in these fields, by taking advantage of a crucial window of opportunity and treating g
The economic argument for girls and women in tech and IT.
The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) in Europe is drawing attention to the need to attract and retain female professionals in the IT sectors with a new infographic while the European Institute for Gender Equality brings the full picture about what closing the gender gap could deliver for socio-economic factors in the European Union in their report.
Inspiration – maths against intolerance.
Hypatia of Alexandria, the female scientist who is our namesake, had a tolerant and rational nature that led her to accept all pupils and treat them equally, argue Manuel de León (CSIC, founder of ICMAT, Real Academia de Ciencias, Real Academia Canaria de Ciencias, ICSU) and Cristina Sardón (ICMAT-CSIC) for OpenMind (in English) and Fundación madri+d (in Spanish).