Women in STEM News

“If women and girls don’t see themselves on screen as STEM professionals, they’re less likely to pursue those career paths.”

-Geena Davis

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March 08, 2020

Five brilliant female scientists you should know about

You might think of men you hear about the discovery of DNA, or even the creation of wireless networking, but women have been behind much of that, and a lot more, too. Married to a scientist doing her PhD, this journalist is always delighted to see the amazing things being developed and created by women. While men are typically painted as the breadwinners in history, some of humanity’s biggest achievements have women at the helm, and they might be for things you’ve never really thought about. There are hundreds of women scientists and technologies worth talking about, but on Interntional Women’s Day 2020, we’re sharing five of the ones we’re thinking about before spending time with the two women that matter most in his life, his wife and daughter. Read More…

March 08, 2020

Meet 10 Women in Science Who Changed the World

Who are the greatest scientists of all time? Chances are, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton or other big names probably come to mind — and for good reason. Those scientists made remarkable discoveries and changed how we understand the world. But far too often, women are left off the roster, even though they’ve long made significant strides in science — including in eras when they were excluded from formal education and careers in the field. It was only until recently that female scientists have come out of the shadows of history. In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8 — and just because it’s the year 2020 — here are a few boundary-breaking women in science that should be household names, too. Read More…

March 07, 2020

20 amazing women in science and math

She wrote the world’s first computer program — in 1837. She discovered ancient sea monsters buried in her backyard. She cancelled the chemical tearing our ozone layer apart. You might not know their names or faces, but these pioneering women changed the way we live in and think about the world. From geometry to paleontology, medicine to marine biology, they advanced their fields while facing tremendous odds. Join us now as we celebrate their stories. Here are 20 amazing (and unsung) women who changed math and science forever. Read More…

March 03, 2020

How the Hubble Telescope is helping fight gender bias

The push for gender equality in the workplace and during application processes has found an unexpected ally: The Hubble Space Telescope. In collaboration with researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder‘s Leeds School of Business, as well as the University of Memphis, the committee in charge of portioning out time on the telescope among scientists have developed a novel new way to ensure that gender bias doesn’t influence the application process. Just remove all personal information from the applications. This way, it’s impossible for anyone person’s bias to influence the decision-making process. Read More…

March 03, 2020

5 Facts About Marie Curie and the Winningest Nobel Prize Family in History

When Marie Curie and her husband Pierre won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1903, their older daughter Irène was just 6 years old. Little could they have imagined that not only would Marie go on to win a second Nobel in chemistry in 1911 — the first person ever to receive the prize twice — but Irène and her husband, Frédéric Joliot, would take home their own Nobel in chemistry in 1936. And in 1965, their younger daughter Ève’s husband, Henry Labouisse, would accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of UNICEF, the humanitarian organization he ran. Here’s what you need to know about this family, which holds more Nobel Prizes than any other. Read More…

February 28, 2020

Remembering Vietnam’s Tech Queen And What She Taught Us

Thuy Thanh Truong was one of the most fearless people I have ever met. Beyond being an incredibly badass female tech entrepreneur who starred in a documentary about female founders, called She Started It, she also dabbled in entertainment, directing films and producing reality shows. In 2016 at age thirty-one, Thuy was diagnosed with terminal genetic lung cancer while shooting a movie in Vietnam. In the years following, Thuy bravely fought her disease while continuing to work and stay as active as possible. But she changed her focus away from building software companies to advancing the treatment options and quality of life for cancer patients everywhere, especially in her home country of Vietnam. Read More…

February 28, 2020

Black History Month: Highlighting African American Engineers Pt. 4

In celebration of Black History Month, SWE will be highlighting African American women engineers and entrepreneurs in a series of blog posts. Meet and learn more about two SWEsters in the African American Affinity Group: Bralade Koroye- Emenanjo (SWE African American Affinity Group Lead and Technical Service & Development Engineer with Dow, Inc) and DaNae’ Winston (Systems Development Engineer at Dell Technologies). Read More…

February 19, 2020

The computer pioneer who built modern China

In April 1960, China’s first home-grown electronic digital general purpose computer – the Model 107 – went live. Xia Peisu, the machine’s engineer and designer, had just made history. After decades of war with Japan and the Chinese Civil War in the first half of the 20th Century, the country’s technological innovation had fallen behind much of the developed world. Later, caught in the politics of the Cold War, the newly established People’s Republic of China was cut off from aid and exports from capitalist nations in the West. Chinese scientists relied heavily on hardware and expertise from the Soviet Union to build up their computing power. Read More…

December 21, 2019

In 2019, women helped redefine everything we know about space

Here’s to the Katherine Johnsons, the Valentina Tereshkovas, the Nancy Romans, the Sally Rides, the Mae Jemisons. NASA astronauts Christine Koch and Jessica Meir stand with you. The Artemis program and ESA’s Mars rover stand with you. This year has been a tribute to and celebration of women and their ever-expanding roles in space exploration. Female scientists and their contributions have long been marginalized. See Hidden Figures, the story of three black women who worked as “human computers” at NASA, for a crash course on how this veiled history is still coming to light. The accomplishments of women in space in 2019 is helping to correct the course of this narrative. Read More…

November 07, 2019

Meet Pae Natwilai, The Under 30 Honoree Changing The Game For Drone Data

While growing up in Thailand, Pae Natwilai’s top priorities in selecting a career were good work-life balance and a decent salary. As was customary in Thai culture, she was encouraged to specialize in one field early on rather than pursuing a multidisciplinary education. Having excelled at science and mathematics as a child, she decided to become an engineer, although she was not yet sure what she wanted to build. Read More…