Dr. Laura Skandera Trombley

President, Educator, and Mark Twain Scholar

Ada Lovelace Day: What it Means for Women in STEM

Tuesday, October 11 is designated as Ada Lovelace Day 2016, and the celebration and remembrance of her contributions to the field of computer science is as relevant as ever. Ada Lovelace was born in London to the poet Lord Byron and Anne Isabella Byron. However, her parents’ union was an unhappy one, and Lord Byron […]

Boost Your Confidence

How is that some people seem so self-assured all the time? They take command or a meeting or ask for what they need with such admirable confidence. Sometimes you wonder if they were just born that way. Turns out, that’s not the case. As Stephanie Vozza shares in a recent article for Fast Company, confidence […]

Opening: National Museum of African American History and Culture

Earlier this month, the latest addition to the Smithsonian Institution was opened to the public. The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established in 2003 and realized a location three years later. On September 24, the building was unveiled in a ceremony led by President Barack Obama. Many outlets have shared stories […]

Give Credit Where it’s Due

When Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú captured the gold (and a World Record) in the Women’s 400m Freestyle, audiences expected NBC’s production and commentators to lavish her with praise. This wasn’t an unreasonable expectation either. After a championship series or impressive athletic performance, reporters and analysts heap praise upon the victor. But not for Hosszú. Instead […]

6 Influential Women In STEM You Should Know

Historically, the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) have been male-dominated. Women have fought and continue to fight a long and hard battle against the glass ceiling in order to gain recognition in STEM. Here are a few important women in STEM who are truly inspirational:

Hillary Clinches the Democratic Nomination

In a historical moment, Hillary Clinton has now obtained the Democratic Nomination for the 2016 election, making her the first woman to gain the nomination for a major political party. On the night of Monday, June 6th Clinton obtained enough superdelegates to get the nomination, making her the presumptive presidential nominee. Having surpassed the 2,383 […]

Influential Women in Education

Step aside boys, these women are taking the education industry by storm. Here are 5 influential women currently working in education. These women range from the President of an Ivy League College, to a POTUS appointed secretary, to writers of impactful studies. Some of them are pioneers in their respected positions, being the first woman to hold […]

Gender Inequality in Education

The challenges that female academics face can seem insurmountable. In particular, gender inequality continues to pervade academic circles, placing female academics at a severe disadvantage in terms of both employment and finances.  John W. Curtis, Director of Research and Public Policy for the American Association of University Professors prepared a document entitled “Persistent Inequity: Gender […]

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