In the News: 400 Technical High School Women Recognized for Achievements, New Podcast Highlights the Importance of Intersectionality in Tech, and More

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AiCHSCircleThumbFour Hundred U.S. High School Women Are Recognized for Technological Achievements

NCWIT proudly announced the 2019 NCWIT Award for AiC national recipients, honoring four hundred women in high school from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases.

Each year, U.S. high school women in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to receive recognition for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education. This year, 40 winners and 360 honorable mentions were selected from more than 4,300 amazing, talented young women.

Thanks to the generous support of NCWIT Award for AiC National Sponsor Bank of America, each of the 40 national award winners receive various prizes, cash, and a trip to Bank of America headquarters on March 8-9, 2019 for a celebration and networking with Bank of America employees.

The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and Symantec.

Read the full announcement.

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New NCWIT Resources

  • ScorecardThumbNCWIT Scorecard: The Status of Women in Computing [2019 Update] // www.ncwit.org/scorecard 
    The NCWIT Scorecard shows trends in girls’ and women’s participation in computing in the U.S. over time, providing a benchmark for measuring progress and identifying areas for improvement.
  • Counselors for Computing (C4C): Collaborating for CS Equity and Access [Webinar] // www.ncwit.org/CSEquityWebinar  
    Did you know some of your greatest allies in advocating for computer science (CS) might work right alongside you every day? CS educators across the nation are finding that collaborating with their school counselors yields positive results in directing students to viable education and career opportunities.
  • OrganizeThumbOrganize: Broadening Participation in Computing State Summit Toolkit // www.ncwit.org/organize
    Advancing K-16 computing education in a state is a complex and collaborative endeavor. Computing education state summits are an important part of this process and can help to develop and advance a state’s strategy both for expanding computing education access and for broadening participation in computing (BPC). In particular, summits can promote equity and democratize change efforts by giving voice to all stakeholders in a collaborative and action-oriented environment.

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News on the Radar

New Modern Figures Podcast Highlights the Importance of Intersectionality in Tech

ModernFiguresThumbAt NCWIT, our mission is to increase the meaningful representation of all women in the field of computing. Lessons from previous gender equity efforts have demonstrated that attending to the experiences, needs, and conditions faced by all women is complicated. Without explicit and careful attention to intersectionality, such efforts often default to a focus on straight, middle or upper class, white women — thus marginalizing the concerns of women of color, LGBTQIA people, working class women, and women with disabilities (to name just a few). Whether intentional or unintentional, we cannot allow this to be the “default.”

Much has been written about the various ways to avoid this narrowing, with researchers and practitioners describing and debating the pros and cons of different strategies. Because there are no easy answers and because the various strategies have different advantages and disadvantages, we believe that it is important for NCWIT to take multiple approaches in attending to intersectionality and to addressing the concerns of all women.

One approach involves highlighting very specific intersections, for example, race/ethnicity and gender (e.g., black girls, Latinas) or girls from underserved economic areas. Along these lines, a new podcast presented by the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS), a national resource for all African-American computer science students and faculty, in collaboration with NCWIT launched on Monday, January 28. Modern Figures Podcast (http://modernfigurespodcast.com/) guest stars Black women in computing who share their stories and perspectives on technical, societal, and personal topics. Geared toward women of color in STEM, especially high school and college students, the podcast also highlights the interestingly relatable, pivotal moments along their journey in computing.

To listen to the podcast, visit Apple iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify, or Stitcher. Subscribe at http://modernfigurespodcast.com/subscribe-to-podcast/. Additionally, you can follow @modernfigurespodcast on Facebook and Instagram, and @ModFigsPodcast on Twitter.

For an understanding of other approaches and ways to consider intersectionality, revisit the “All Women Includes ALL Women: The Importance of Multiple Approaches to Intersectionality” blog at www.ncwit.org/intersectionalityblog.

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