Archive for July, 2010

Female Tech Graduates Ahead in Utah

July 28th, 2010

According to Neumont University of South Jordan in Utah, women with computer science degrees are finding jobs at a faster rate than their male counterparts. 95% of the school’s female graduates are finding jobs within six months of graduation, four points higher than men, and are also earning $2,000 more on average.

New Gel For Women Shows Promise as AIDS Preventative

July 26th, 2010

Scientists have produced a gel product for women that is showing promise as an AIDS preventative. The gel incorporates the antiretroviral drug tenofovir, which is already used as part of the “cocktail” given to AIDS patients.

In a trial study that tested 899 women, half received the drug and the other half the placebo. There was a 39 percent reduction in infection for those who got the drug. The reduction was 54 percent among those who reported using it at least 80 percent of the times they had intercourse.

Click here for more information about this study.

Study Explores Difficulties Balancing Motherhood and Academia

July 19th, 2010

According to a new study from Barnard College in New York City, the process for gaining tenure at our nation’s Colleges and Universities is a uniquely difficult one for working mothers.

The study, which interviewed 21 New York women all vying to reconcile motherhood with tenured positions, found that they many portrayed their work and family lives in irreconcilable conflict. One woman described feeling she worked in “survival mode” just doing “the things that I can to not be kicked out.”

The findings were presented in June at a conference of the American Association of University Professors. According to the study, the number of women in academia has more than doubled in the last 20 years, but men still outnumber women in top positions by a considerable amount. Sixty-one percent of male professors have tenure, while women have only forty-three percent.

Click here for further information about the study.

Fish Oil Linked to Lower Risk of Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women

July 16th, 2010

According to the results of a study appearing in the July issue of  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, there may be a positive correlation between fish oil intake and lower risks of breast cancer for postmenopausal women.

Click here for details of the study.

Jane Goodall: 50 years of ground-breaking research

July 14th, 2010

50 years ago today, British primatologist Jane Goodall started her ground-breaking research on chimpanzees. In a new interview, Goodall stated, “It seems hard to believe it’s been half a century. And yet it doesn’t seem like yesterday, either.”

At age twenty-six, Goodall traveled to Tanzania with her mother, to observe the behavior of chimpanzees. She discovered that chimps not only ate meat (they were previously thought to only eat vegetation), but also that they made tools to help them catch bugs to eat. She continued her studies and founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977.

To read her full interview, click here.

New Stats Show Rise of Women Owned Businesses

July 13th, 2010

According to new census statistics, women own almost one in three small businesses in the United States. As the Washington Post reports, “The largest numerical increase was in businesses owned by women, up 1.3 million to a total of 7.8 million. That represented a 20 percent increase over the five-year span. A study published earlier this year by the Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute projected that small businesses run by women will create one third of all new jobs in the upcoming decade.”

WBENC Women in Business Exhibition

July 12th, 2010

National Women’s History Museum’s (NWHM) Senior Vice President Ann Stone and Executive Assistant JoAnn Nelson-Hooks, manned an exhibit booth on June 23, 2010 at the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s (WBENC) 11th annual National Conference and Business Fair, Women in Business 2010.

NWHM was featured alongside more than 200 of the nation’s largest corporations’ procurement and supplier diversity executives, as well as federal, state and local government agencies. Stone and Nelson-Hooks enthusiastically shared information about the Museum’s founding, proposed permanent site, legislation, online presence, and resources with a steady stream of interested conference participants.

Visitors to the booth were held in rapt attention by Stone’s numerous stories of many little known facts about women. Our public service announcement video featuring NWHM Spokeswoman Meryl Streep was played as well as a tabletop display featuring the star-studded NWHM and Good Housekeeping’s April 2010 event: Shine On: Celebrating 125 Years of Women Making Their Mark. All this information sparked the interest of many, prompting them to inquire about membership. Stone and Nelson-Hooks left this networking showcase secure in the knowledge that they had enlightened many and were pleased to have gained a few more Museum members.

First Female Secretary of Commerce, Dr. Juanita M. Kreps dies at 89

July 8th, 2010

Former Secretary of Commerce, Dr.   Juanita Kreps, died Monday July 5 at 89 years old.  The first female in our nation to hold the distinguished position, Dr. Kreps was appointed under the Carter administration in 1976.

The journey to the White House was a long and challenging one for Dr. Kreps, who was born January 11, 1921 and grew up in a poor Kentucky coal -mining town.  The daughter of a coal-miner, Dr. Kreps worked hard to financially support herself through Berea College in KY, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1942 with an economics degree. The following year, Kreps earned a scholarship to Duke University where she would eventually earn her Ph.D.

Between 1963 and 1967 Dr. Kreps instructed economic classes focusing on labor demographics at Duke University, eventually rising to the rank of full professor.  In 1967 she became dean of the Women’s College and associate provost.

Dr. Kreps’ economic study centered on the labor demographics of older people and women and in 1971 she published Sex in the Marketplace: American Women at Work,the first book to examine the correlation of women’s participation in the labor force to women’s expected responsibility for household work.  In her work, Kreps noted society’s expectation that women meet this obligation regardless of the demands of their market jobs – a career constraint not imposed upon men.”

After being appointed to Secretary of Commerce in 1976,Dr.  Kreps was asked to respond to a claim by Jimmy Carter stating that it had been hard to find qualified women to fill cabinet posts. Kreps replied:

“I think it would be hard to defend the proposition that there are not a great many qualified women,” she said. “We have to do a better job of looking.”

As Secretary of Commerce, Dr. Kreps oversaw trade missions in Japan, India, North Africa and other countries.  She also spearheaded negotiations that opened trade to Communist China in 1979.

Dr. Kreps broke countless gender barriers during her lifetime.  Her career in academia, business and government challenged the pervading social and cultural attitudes towards women’s abilities and aptitude.  Kreps is survived by her two children and four grandchildren.

Why So Few?

July 8th, 2010

Women represent only 27 percent of those employed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), according to National Science Foundation researchers.

A grant from the Letitia Corum Memorial Fund is hoping to find out why more women are not involved in these fields. A report from AAUW in February of 2010 “shows that while the number of male and female math and science students is roughly equal in elementary through high school, only 20 percent of female students end up graduating from college with a degree in STEM fields.”

To read more about the study, go to http://www.aauw.org/learn/research/whysofew.cfm

What do you think? How can young girls be encouraged to enter the STEM fields?