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  1. This is the first blog post in a short series presented by the Women in Bone and Mineral Research Committee focusing on women in science in different countries. Each month, the Women’s Committee will focus on a specific region and highlight stories or articles that are pertinent to female researchers in that area. This month’s blog focuses on Australia and features articles on the following topics. A loss of female talent in the Australian scientific workforce and what can be done about it An Australian female scientist and her personal story of transitioning from a job in industry back to academia Why girls lack confidence in the STEM fields What women in Australian science really need – formal mentoring programs To view the full articles: Woodhouse, Janette. “Empowering Women to Stay in Science”. LabOnline. 12 April 2015. Gumulya, Yosephine. “A Different Journey: Academia to Industry and Back”. Franklin Women. 21 April 2015. Gallaher, Michelle. “Girls and STEM: Let’s Ban the Phrase ‘I Suck at Maths’”. The Social Science. 13 March 2015. Semsarian, Chris. “What Women in Science Really Need?”. Women in Science AUSTRALIA. 6 April 2015. Do you have something to say about Women in Science in your own country or region of origin? Send it to the ASBMR Women’s Committee here. Please be sure to share your thoughts and comments by clicking on “reply to this topic” in the space below.
  2. In a recent article featured in Fortune, Katherine Zaleski, Cofounder and President of PowerToFly, apologizes to mothers in the workforce stating that she had doubted their work ethic prior to having her own child. In it, Zaleski recalls that “as a manager for the The Huffington Post and then the The Washington Post in my mid-twenties, I committed a long list of infractions against mothers or said nothing while I saw others do the same”. Additionally, Zaleski explains that over 80% of women will become mothers by age 44 and that the work place needs to change its culture in order to accommodate working mothers. To view the full article: Zaleski, Katherine. "Female Company President: "I Am Sorry to All the Mothers I Used to Work With"" Fortune. Fortune, 03 Mar. 2015.
  3. Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men-and that to succeed confidence matters as much as competence. Published in The Atlantic, this is an overview of the “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance-What Women Should Know” written by Katty Kay, the anchor of BBC World News America and Claire Shipman, a reporter for ABC News. The article speaks to the confidence gap between men and women in the workplace and how being confident is just as important as being competent. To view the full article: Kay, Katty, and Claire Shipman. "The Confidence Gap." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 14 Apr. 2014. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.
  4. This interview with Dr. Aline Betancourt, founder, CSO and acting CEO of Wibi+Works, a research company based in San Diego, California, touches on the experiences of being a female STEM entrepreneur and the importance of perseverance in the face of doubt. In it, Betancourt answers the questions of what inspired her to pursue scientific research and development professionally, talks about her role models in the field and describes how best to address the issues of representation and support for women in STEM. To view the full article: Helfand-Rogers, Candice, The Story Exchange – Where Women Mean Business, Focusing on the Science – Not the Gender of the Scientist:
  5. Vox Media’s recent interview with Claire Shipman, author of a new book entitled “The Confidence Code” dissects how competent women are getting overpassed by overconfident men in the workplace. In it, Shipman discusses how the current workplace culture prefers overconfidence, the gap in confidence between men and women, and how both are changing as the world struggles to grow more equitable. To view the full article: Interview with Claire Shipman, Vox Media – The Confidence Code
  6. The stereotype that female bosses generally set out to undermine female underlyings and may even be a factor in holding them back in their career, otherwise known as the Queen Bee Syndrome is debunked in this recent article from Bloomberg Businessweek entitled “Queen Bees, Mentors, and the Female Boss Problem.” The article examines a recent study from Catalyst, a nonprofit group that focuses on expanding opportunities for women in business, which found that women are not only better than men at helping others—women and men—move up the ladder, but those who sponsored others or developed others earned an additional $25,075 in compensation from 2008 to 2010. Moreover, 73% of those mentors are especially inclined to help women, while only 30 percent of the men were. The goal of this study says Catalyst CEO Ilene Lang, is to “prove the value of paying it forward.” To view the full article: Brady, Diane, Bloomberg Businessweek, June 13, 2012 – Queen Bees, Mentors, and the Female Boss Problem: http://www.businessw...e=email_article
  7. Although women gain about half of the science and engineering doctorate degrees in the United States, they are much more likely than men to drop out of academic science, a theory christened the “leaky pipeline”. As chair of the planning committee for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Dr. Arturo Casadevall noticed a gender imbalance in the scientists speaking at meetings and proposed a theory to combat the “leaky pipeline”. Casadevall states, “Since talking at meetings is really, really important for a career in science; you can imagine that this would be a very simple mechanism for increasing female participation in meetings.” Furthermore, research shows that when a woman is part of the organizing team that invites speakers to scientific conferences, the number of female speakers in the session shoots up by 72%. To view the full article: Pappas, Stephanie, Livescience, January 9, 2014 – One Weird Trick to Improve Women’s Chances in Science:
  8. The Nature article, “How to Hire the Best People to Your Team,” explains how to post a job listing that attracts the highest quality candidates and articulates important considerations when writing a science job advertisement. According to the article, following just a few of its tips can make a big difference in the quantity and quality of your applicants. To view the full article: NatureOutlook, October 3, 2013, How to Hire the Best People to Your Team: http://blogs.nature....le-to-your-team