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Alumna Noramay Cadena writes for WBUR about encouraging Latinas to pursue STEM careers, sharing how an MIT student inspired her. “Here was a successful person who looked like me, who sounded like me, and who truly understood my life experience, telling me I had what it took to go to MIT.” 


In a piece for The Huffington Post, Zeynep Ilyaz explains how Prof. Sangeeta Bhatia serves as an inspiration to her, citing her research advances in biotech and medicine, and her mentorship of women pursuing careers in STEM fields. “Dr. Bhatia is constantly looking for the next groundbreaking discovery in health, which makes her an excellent role model for girls and women,” Ilyaz writes. 

USA Today

USA Today reporter Melissa Pandika spotlights Prof. Kay Tye, highlighting her journey to MIT, her award-winning breakdancing skills and her neuroscience research. Tye’s current work examines how optogenetics can be used to control certain behaviors, such as overeating and anxiety. 

The Atlantic

Derek Thompson of The Atlantic writes about a series of MIT studies that suggest that higher social sensitivity displayed by women makes them more valuable than men in groups working on collaborative problem-solving. Thompson predicts that factors such as these will result in an eventual inversion of the gender wage gap.


CSAIL PhD students Elena Glassman, Neha Narula and Jean Yang write for Wired about their recent Reddit Ask Me Anything session and gender disparities in STEM. “By raising awareness and generating discussion, we hope to help women and other minorities feel more supported pursuing careers in STEM,” write Glassman, Narula and Yang.

CBS News

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus speaks with Julianna Goldman of CBS Evening News about her career at MIT and what continues to inspire her to come to work seven days a week. "Every year there's something new that comes along that's too exciting to quit," says Dresselhaus. 

New York Times

In a letter to The New York Times, Professor Emerita Nancy Hopkins and graduate student Jason Sheltzer write that while there has been “remarkable progress” for female faculty members in STEM, barriers still exist. “Maintaining progress will require sustained effort, while making further progress will require addressing the pitifully small pipeline in many STEM fields,” they write. 


Science reporter Vijaysree Venkatraman speaks with Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Professor Mildred Dresselhaus about her career, in particular what it was like to be a female professor in a male-dominated field. Her advice for other women aspiring to work in academia: “Don’t give up.” 

CNN Money

Katie Walmsley reports for CNN Money on SHINE, a program founded by MIT graduate Kirin Sinha that teaches math to young girls through dance. "We saw an almost 300% improvement in their math scores, we saw over 100% improvement in confidence," says Sinha.

Scientific American

Melissa Lott of Scientific American reports on the third annual Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) women’s initiative symposium co-hosted by the MIT Energy Initiative. The group works in partnership with governments around the world to increase the participation of women in the energy field.

The Washington Post

Jena McGregor reports for The Washington Post on a paper coauthored by MIT graduate student Jason Sheltzer that indicates that women are under represented in life sciences laboratories run by elite male scientists. The numbers were significantly less than those in labs headed by females. 

The Washington Post

“If it helps dispel the idea that women aren’t as good ‘Jeopardy!’ players as men, that would be great,” says MIT alumna Julia Collins in an interview with Gail Sullivan of The Washington Post. Collins holds the title for the second-longest winning streak in the history of ‘Jeopardy!’.  


Writing for Slate, Elizabeth Weingarten looks at closing the gender gap in the STEM fields. As part of her reporting, Weingarten highlights the study Professor Nancy Hopkins led into gender biases at MIT, and how that evaluation made it easier for women to pursue a career at MIT while also raising children.