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National Women’s History Month

March is the 30th Anniversary of the National Women’s History Project. The theme for the 30th anniversary is Writing Women Back into History! Girlstart has highlighted just a few influential women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) below.

In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell graduated from Geneva Medical College and became the first woman to receive an M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree from an American Medical School.  With her sister, Dr. Emily Blackwell, and Dr. Marie Zakrzewska, Blackwell founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children.

Going into college, Dr. Virginia Apgar knew that she wanted to become a doctor.  After trying out being a surgeon for a while, Apgar entered the realm of anesthesiology.  In 1952, through her research in obstetrical anesthesia that she developed the “Apgar Score,” the internationally known measurement of a newborn’s chance of survival.

In 1973, Shirley Jackson became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in physics.  She was later appointed head of Nuclear Regulatory Commission under President Bill Clinton.  In 1999, Jackson became the first female and first African American President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space.  Dr. Ride graduated from Stanford University with a doctorate degree in Physics in 1978.  On June 18, 1983, Dr. Ride was a mission specialist on the STS-7 where she spent 147 days in space.

Under the George Bush Presidency in 1990, Dr. Antonia Novello became the first female and first Hispanic Surgeon General. As surgeon general, Novello worked to improve the awareness of the health of young people, women, and minorities.

March 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Last Thursday, December 10th, the annual Nobel Prize Award Ceremony was help. Since 1901, 156 individuals have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Of those 156, ONLY FOUR are women. Learn more about the four amazing women laureates.

This year the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Ada Yonath, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, and Thomas A. Steitz. The last woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was in 1964.

Ada Yonath

With your continued support; one day a Girlstart alumna could be the next Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner.

December 18, 2009 at 8:30 pm 1 comment

Featured article of the week: Gender socialization & Parenting

parentingI read this pretty interesting article this morning after it showed up on my Google Alerts. Lots of really amazing things for parents (and the rest of us) to think about!

What do you think? How significant is that first pink or blue jumpsuit or the type of mobile hung above your newborn’s crib when it comes to prepping your child for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) career?


July 28, 2009 at 5:25 pm Leave a comment

Missed Girlstart’s SXSWi panel? Catch up here.

Girlstart panel @ SXSWi 2009

Girlstart panel @ SXSWi 2009

Even though SXSWi reached a record number of attendees this year, many who have considered the conference to be the highlight of their professional year found themselves unable to attend the 2009 conference. Come to think of it, don’t all of us miss SXSWi in one way or another? I can think of atleast 25 panels off the top of my head that I wish I could have attended but the conference is so jam packed with goodies that you have to ultimately make difficult decisions and miss out on a few choice panels and core conversations. If you’re like me, you’re scouring the internet even weeks after SXSW Interactive trying to catch up with all the new things you learned and the stuff you missed. So, for those of you that missed the Girlstart panel or SXSWi alltogether, here are a few places you can go to catch up. 🙂 -Dee

Joystiq article

Kera Art & Seek blog

Austin Chic blog

April 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm 1 comment

Computer Science Enrollment Rises; Girls Still Behind

science-class_1120311cEnrollment in computer science programs increased in the US for the first time in 6 years, however diversity in computer science programs continued to remain poor. The computer science bachelor’s degrees awarded to women remained steady at 11.8 percent in 2008. Read the full New York Times article here.


March 18, 2009 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Proven Fact: Girls Have Better Taste Than Boys!

girl-tongueAnd we’re not talking about fashion (although that could be argued as well!) A Danish research study of 8,900 children proved that girls have better taste sense than boys. The study also revealed that boys need approximately 10% more sourness and 20% more sweetness to recognize the taste. Read more about the findings in the article.

December 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

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