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June 2019 News Digest

Thursday, June 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
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News Digest is a GWIS periodical highlighting published news and entertainment of interest to women in science.

Proud to be different in STEM. LGBTQ students often experience discrimination in STEM fields. A 2018 study found that students who identify as sexual minorities were less likely than straight students to advance to the fourth year of a STEM graduate school program. Several LGBTQ individuals in STEM fields share their experiences in an effort to reduce stigma and discrimination. Science News for Students

Unlocking the power of women. This coming June, many will flock to Vancouver to attend the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, which is the largest conference in the world to promote gender equality. Conference attendees will discuss ways to improve gender equality on three levels: individual, structural, and collective. The conference will have a particular focus on women's economic empowerment. The Wire
Johnson revives marquee STEM diversity bill. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), the House Science Committee Chair, reintroduced the STEM Opportunities Act on May 7. Johnson has championed this bill during the past three Congresses. The bill seeks to enhance participation of underrepresented groups in STEM fields. It also would seek to identify and disseminate best practices for increasing STEM diversity. American Institute of Physics

From coder to leader: How more companies can hire women in tech. Pamela Maynard, President of Product and Innovation at Avanade, provides insight into several ways that tech companies can boost their hiring of women. Maynard suggests fostering attraction to technology among young women, as well as eliminating unconscious bias during the hiring process. Read about her other strategies here. Forbes

3 ways to support women in STEM. As part of Philly Tech Week, several Philadelphia-based companies organized a discussion entitled, "Representing the Underrepresented: Women in STEM Breakfast & Discussion" that focused on the experience of women in STEM fields. Panelists highlighted mentorship, allyship, and culture as key ways to support women in STEM. Generocity 
'Alexa, are you reinforcing gender biases?' U.N. says yes. A recent U.N. report notes that most virtual assistants, including Alexa and Siri, use a female voice, which may reinforce gender stereotypes. They find that the reason most virtual assistants are female may be due to the fact that consumers generally prefer the female voice. However, this is problematic as it may reinforce ideas that women are "obliging, docile and eager-to-please helpers." Big Think
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