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  • There is substantial evidence that attitudes toward gender and work are affected by textbooks and the attitudes of teachers, parents, and other adults
  • By 2010, 1 of every 4 new jobs will be technology oriented. (National Science Foundation)
  • The ratio of boys to girls computer camps is 3:1. While more young men than young women enroll in high school math and science classes, girls who do enroll perform as well as their male classmates. (Women Helping Girls with Choices, Advocacy Press, 1989, p. 13)
  • At home, three times as many girls as boys said they did not use their computers at all. Parents purchased technology twice as much for their sons as for their daughters. At school, only 1/4 of the students using computers during free time were girls. One '95 study showed that girls spent one hour a week more on computers than boys while in 4th through 7th grade, but after that their usage dropped off. A '95 math software study found that only 12% of gender identifiable characters were female. (Facts taken from "Gender Equity in Cyberspace," Educational Leadership Magazine, February 1999)
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame was all male until 1991-even now women still only receive 5% of all US patents.
  • Women invented liquid paper, Scotchguard, Kevlar, and AZT.
  • Women constitute 51% of the U.S. population and 46% of the U.S. labor force. (U.S. Census Bureau, 1998)
  • The number of women and minorities in the workforce is rising and expected to continue rising--by the year 2000 (here we are!), only 15% of the incoming workforce is expected to consist of white men (U.S. Department of Labor, 1996).
  • Getting a college degree pays off: among women with a high school degree who were working full-time, year round, in 1997, the average wage was $21, 893; for those with a bachelor's degree it was $41,339 (U.S. Census Bureau, 1998)
  • An increasing number of young women---in fact, more than young men---are now attending college (National Center for Education Statistics, 1998)
  • The three most popular undergraduate majors among women earning associate degrees in 1995 were liberal/general studies and humanities, health, and business management. (U.S. Center for Education Statistics, 1997)
  • Among high school graduates, females are more likely than males to have taken biology and chemistry, but less likely to have take physics (National Science Board, 1998)
  • Many standardized achievement tests report results by gender or race, but not gender and race, making it impossible to track the accomplishments and needs of young women of different ethnic groups (National Center for Education Statistics, 1998)
  • 2/3 of the 876 million illiterate adults worldwide are women; 97% of women in Afghanistan are illiterate.
  • 14% of Congressional and Senatorial seats in the US are held by women; 2.2% of members of the International Monetary Fund's Board of Govenors are women and no women are on its Board of Directors.
  • 1% of Fortune 1000 CEO's are women; 16% of US College and University Presidents are women.
  • In 1998, intimate partner violence resulted in more death and disability for women aged 15-44 worldwide than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents or war.

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Mishelle Michaels on location at the Blue Hill Observatory in Massachusetts

   
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