He Zehui an Example for Chinese Women

He Zehui an Example for Chinese Women

Liu Bohong – Women of China – Monday, 04 August 2014 He Zehui (March 5, 1914 to June 20, 2011), was a distinguished female physicist in modern China. She accomplished great things in physics, and she became a stellar example for all Chinese women. He Zehui was born in Suzhou, in East China’s Jiangsu Province, on […]

Wikipedia holds Edit-a-thon for National Women in Engineering Day

Wikipedia holds Edit-a-thon for National Women in Engineering Day

Alice Bell for Open Democracy 50.50  – WNN Improve It (WNN) UNITED KINGDOM, NORTHERN EUROPE: A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for National Women in Engineering Day addresses both the under representation of female editors of Wikipedia and the under representation of women in science and engineering.  Today, to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day, the Royal Academy […]

[Europe] Could you name more than one female scientist?

[Europe] Could you name more than one female scientist?

Chris Green – Independent – Monday, 02 Jun 2014 (originally published 18 May) A quarter of people are unable to name a single famous female scientist, either living or dead, a European-wide study will reveal this week. Preliminary findings from a survey of more then 1,100 people, including scientists, indicate staggering levels of ignorance about […]

Women Around the World Hack for Good

Women Around the World Hack for Good

Rane Johnson-Stempson –EdTech Magazine – Monday, 05 May 2014 (originally published 02 May) The second annual Microsoft International Women’s Hackathon, which I had the pleasure of coordinating, took place April 25–27 on college campuses around the world. The event is designed to encourage women undergraduates to enroll or remain in computer science programs, thereby preparing […]

'Cosmos' recap: Science is more than a boys club

'Cosmos' recap: Science is more than a boys club

Jennifer Ouellette – Los Angeles Times – Tuesday, 29 April 2014 (originally published 28 Apr) Ask most people to name a famous scientist and — assuming they don’t draw a blank — they will likely cite Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking or possibly Cosmos host Neil de Grasse Tyson. You know, someone with high […]

NIGERIA: Girl Junior Engineers invent ‘urine power’ as new energy source

NIGERIA: Girl Junior Engineers invent ‘urine power’ as new energy source

Temitayo Olofinlua on-the-ground with the Global Press Institute – WNN Science & Health (WNN/GPI) Lagos, NIGERIA, WESTERN AFRICA: Four teenage girls have invented a urine-powered generator to create safer and more access to electricity. Only 50 percent of Nigerians had access to electricity during 2009. Families rely on multiple generators for daily needs, including powering […]

[UK] Women in Science: Changing the game for women in science: it’s not a one-stop-shop

[UK] Women in Science: Changing the game for women in science: it’s not a one-stop-shop

Dr Seirian Sumner and Dr Nathalie Pettorelli – Independent – Monday, 22 July 2013 (originally published 21 Jul) Scientists are generally viewed as private creatures who shy away from contact with the public. What, therefore, could be more remarkable than stumbling across a bunch of real live scientists standing on soapboxes on the streets of […]

Women scientists in sub-Saharan Africa set to recieve millions in funding

Women scientists in sub-Saharan Africa set to recieve millions in funding

WNN Breaking (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA: African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) has just announced that its program, which develops the research and leadership skills of top women agricultural scientists in Africa, has received new joint funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (US$14 million) and the United States Agency for International Development […]

First Woman to Circle the Globe Honored at Last

First Woman to Circle the Globe Honored at Last

History.com – Friday, 06 January 2012 (originally published 03 Jan) Nearly 250 years after Jeanne Baret became the first woman to circumnavigate the planet, scientists have named a new plant species in her honor. A French botanist who disguised herself as a man to join Louis Antoine de Bougainville’s journey around the world, she helped […]