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Inspiring ALL girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold.
Inspiring ALL girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold.

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Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude are proud to announce the 9th nominee for the Women of Inspiration series 2014-2015: Diane Shannon!

Diane Shannon moved to Fort McMurray from Edmonton six years ago, and has been a tireless advocate of Fort McMurray by embracing the community, celebrating its opportunities, and working to alleviate its challenges – especially when it comes to the social profit sector. Diane has been at the helm of the United Way of Fort McMurray for the last six years, and her leadership is based on a model of camaraderie, team-work, understanding, and above all empowerment.

Read the rest of her story here: http://bit.ly/1Mvl75m

#ymm #rmwb #womenofinspiration #rolemodel  
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We were excited to be a part of this day that was put together by the Justin Slade Youth Foundation to empower youth in #ymm to be their best! We presented a workshop on stress management! :)

#ymm #rmwb #empowerment #youth

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We are looking for mentors AND mentees for our Mentoring Program at our new additional time - Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30pm!

If you are interested in registering your daughter, or becoming a mentor, contact Heather at 780-790-9236 or heather_girlsinc@telus.net for more information!

(Mentors must be at least 17 years old.)

‪#‎ymm‬ ‪#‎rmwb‬ ‪#‎mentoring‬ ‪#‎rolemodel‬ ‪#‎youth‬
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Register for our FREE Mentoring program for girls ages 7-13!

Saturdays, 11:30am - 12pm OR our new time on Tuesday nights from 6 - 7:30pm.

Lots of fun activities that will increase confidence and leadership skills!

‪#‎ymm‬ ‪#‎strongsmartbold‬ ‪#‎mentoring‬ ‪#‎rmwb‬
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Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude Canada are proud to announce the 8th nominee for the Women of Inspiration series 2014-2015: Ana Maria Mendez.

Over 5 years ago, Ana Maria Mendez moved to Fort McMurray from Peru with her husband. Shortly after her arrival, her background as an artist and a teacher allowed her to step right into the role of promoting arts and culture at the MacDonald Island Park, now known as ONE Rec or the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo. During her time at MacDonald Island Park she has moved from working as a coordinator to now operating as the Manager of Arts & Culture, all the while continuing to have a huge impact on our community in the area of arts.

Read her story here: http://bit.ly/1yDGCvi

#ymm #rmwb #womenofinspiration #rolemodel  
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"New research finds that 95% of negative comments about a study on gender bias in STEM were made by men."
Sociology of Gender Bias in Science
A new study by Dr Corinne Moss-Racusin and colleagues has analysed comments by the public responding to a prominent study on gender bias in  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The researchers find that men are more likely to post negative comments in response to scientific evidence of sexism affecting women's science careers (http://goo.gl/oZXRua).

The researchers find that men are more likely to refute science findings using subjective observations about biology ("women get pregnant and leave their jobs!"). Or men otherwise evoke ideas of personal choice (men are "hungrier" for success and work harder than women). Men are also more likely to deny that inequality exists, or conversely they blamed women for inequality. Some also said that gender bias affects men more than women ("I've experienced it in the opposite way so far."). Men are also more likely to refute the science findings on inequality by stating that they work in STEM (75% of men's comments) and holding up their personal opinions as authoritative.

The key gender difference is that men use blanket statements and personal opinion to refute scientific evidence about gender bias, while women use personal anecdotes to illustrate the scientific findings. The first strategy - to deny the science on inequality - is used largely by men to invalidate science on sexism in support of the status quo. The other strategy, used mostly by women, supports the science using personal experiences of bias to challenge the status quo. The first approach rejects science evidence, while the other embraces it.

The researchers argue their study is positive as the majority of public's comments (754) supported the science. The researchers see that sharing science on inequality provides evidence to support change. At the same time, the fact that 95% of the negative comments were made by men is cause for concern, especially as they vehemently insulted, denied or blamed women for any inequality that might exist.

The study presents a useful framework for thinking about, and addressing, why men react negatively to the science of gender bias in STEM.

I have analysed some of my own experiences as one of three women moderators for +Science on Google+​, the largest science community on Google+. I show how the loudest and most persistent voices denying the science on gender bias are men. They tend to adopt two strategies, sometimes simultaneously. First they deny inequality exists, arguing social science methods are fundamentally flawed and cannot adequately measure bias. Second, they use other social science studies to refute inequality, saying inequality is rooted in biology.

These men always incorrectly use social science to make either point, demonstrating their lack of familiarity with social science methods, while also exemplifying the subjective idea that one can pick and choose which "bits" of science they want to believe. Other empirical sociological research highlights how inequality is one area of science that people disbelieve when this clashes with their personal belief system. In the case of the public who say they love science, a significant sub-group of men want to gate-keep science, by forcing women to remain silent on inequality.

Read the science on my blog: http://othersociologist.com/2015/01/19/sociology-gender-bias-science/ #sociology   #science   #stemwomen   #stem  
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Before the holidays we announced our 7th Women of Inspiration! In case you missed it:

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude are proud to announce the 7th nominee for the Women of Inspiration series 2014-2015: Christina Traverse!

Christina Traverse (Mush McMurray), born and raised in Fort McMurray, is an inspiration in so many ways, with her greatest quality being perseverance.

Christina has always had the dream to run a team of dogs. As a young girl, she used to hook up her younger brother to a sled and make him run. Once she got her childhood dog, a German shepherd by the name of Cheyenne, she figured out how to hook her up and go for a run.

Read her story here: http://bit.ly/1FnDY1c

#ymm #rmwb #inspirationwomen #rolemodels #womenofinspiration
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