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International Women’s Day: Three Simple Ways We Can All #PressforProgress for Women in STEM

Inspiring the next generation of female science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders

By Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President and Lead for Microsoft Philanthropies

Women around the world are taking to the streets on International Women’s Day to urge faster progress on gender parity in economic opportunity, education and other important issues. The theme this year, #PressforProgress, is perfectly tuned to the challenges society faces.

The Question I Hate

Press Release

March 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ - In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, I’d like to share the question I get most often as a female leader.

It’s also the question I hate the most:

“What’s the business case for gender diversity?”


There are other variations:

“What’s the business case for diversity in general?”

“How does gender parity affect my bottom line?”

“How does being inclusive help me meet my KPIs?”

North Carolina Schools Reaching More Low-Income Students With School Breakfast, Report Finds

Press Release

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ — In North Carolina, 371,000 low-income children participated in the national School Breakfast Program on an average school day in school year 2016–2017, according to a report released today by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), an anti-hunger advocacy group.

Student Innovation Led to Wearable Tech for Visually Challenged

by Laura Pevehouse

Like many people, Harshita rides the bus every day. Unlike others, however, when on one ride home she noticed a visually challenged person having difficulty crossing the street, she was inspired to find a way technology could help.

At school the next day, she discussed her thoughts with her mentor in the Atal Tinkering Lab of her school and learned about extensive research going on in the field of IoT-based (Internet of Things) helping tools for the visually challenged.

Bridging the Digital Divide

How afterschool time can generate content creators

by Edwin Link

It’s important to frame best practices for afterschool providers in terms of engagement and participation in the world, not simply proficiency with computers and the Internet. It’s not about having a laptop or a smart phone, it’s about using the laptop or smartphone to translate a child’s worldview into content. It’s about giving them the creative space to digitally develop a voice. Here are a few examples:

Teams With Gender Parity Achieve Better Results Across the Board: Sodexo Finds

Comprehensive Sodexo Study Finds Gender-Balanced Management Teams Perform Better on Key Business Objectives
Press Release

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 6, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, has found that teams managed by a balanced mix of men and women are more successful across a range of measurements. The five-year, one-of-a-kind study of 70 entities across different functions represents 50,000 managers worldwide.

Operating margins, client satisfaction and employee retention, among other key performance indicators, were all higher among gender-balanced teams, meaning a ratio between 40% - 60% women to men.

University and College Students Across Western Canada Help Young People Reach Their Infinite Potential

Press Release

CALGARY, Alberta, March 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Undergrads at Okanagan College have developed a curriculum that teaches high school students everyday skills ranging from healthy meal preparation to smart spending.

Post-Secondary Students in BC and MB Recognized for Their Efforts to Build a Greener Canada

Press Release

CALGARY, Alberta, March 6, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Students at the University of British Columbia Okanagan are tackling food insecurity on campus through an initiative called Project Roots. The program repurposes food waste to increase students’ access to affordable and healthy meal options.

Similarly, students at Brandon University are increasing food security in the city of Brandon through Green Futures. The community garden project, run by students and volunteers, provides fresh produce to local food banks and food box programs.

In STEM, All Girls Can Be Tech Superheroes


This blog was guest-written by Jenine Beekhuyzen, founder of Tech Girls Movement. She’ll be guest-speaking during the “Girls are Tech Superheroes” session of the Women Rock-IT series on March 15th.


This blog was guest-written by Jenine Beekhuyzen, founder of Tech Girls Movement. She’ll be guest-speaking during the “Girls are Tech Superheroes” session of the Women Rock-IT series on March 15th.


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