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New Initiative Aims to Make Tech Cool to Teenage Girls

Tech Girls Rock wants to educate and empower girls to get involved in tech fields.


A new generation of girls will soon be exposed to a variety of tech-related educational and career opportunities thanks to Tech Girls Rock, a new program announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative. The project, spearheaded by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and IT management software and solutions giant CA Technologies, wants to take the nerd factor away from technology while educating girls in 10 cities about the opportunities available in the field.

The lack of women in tech is a well known issue, but the disparity is particularly jarring because women have made up the majority of college students since the early 1980s and have earned more college degrees since 1996. Russell M. Artzt, vice chairman and co-founder of CA Technologies, says his company made the decision to donate $1 million to the initiative because companies are "finding a huge scarcity of females in technology, particularly in computer science."

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New Facebook App Seeks to Simplify Financial Aid Process

A new app for the social media giant hopes to make finding scholarships and filling out the FAFSA a lot easier.

Cash-strapped college students will soon have another tool to help them track down financial aid dollars: Facebook. A brand new app set to debut on the social media platform this fall will analyze information on a user's profile page and then present a customized list of grants, scholarships, and other financial aid opportunities. The idea comes from recent University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate Devin Valencia, who President Clinton announced on Monday as the winner of the "Get Schooled College Affordability Challenge."

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Dermalogica + Kiva = Healthy Skin and Empowered Women

Women are worth investing in. 82 percent of Kiva's borrowers are women, so put some female empowerment in your medicine cabinet.

Dermalogica devotees have another reason to feel great about their choice in moisturizer. The popular skincare brand has partnered with Kiva.org to help 25,000 women worldwide achieve financial independence.

The FITE program, launching in January 2011 will not only empower the thousands of loan recipients who will be able to get their small businesses off the ground, but also thousands of consumers, like you and me, who choose to support and invest in the dreams of our fellow females. The wisdom behind this social development initiative is in line with The Nike Foundation's Girl Effect and other movements with a mission to move the world forward by investing in the empowerment of women.

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Op Ed: The Clue to Connecting the Dots in Women's Development

When it comes to the importance of women and girls in developing nations, we know what we need to do. Now it's just a matter of doing it.

We have some good news and bad news. The good news is that improving the plight of women and girls in the developing world is one of the central moral, political and economic challenges of our time. The bad news is that the statistics are still so grim. Seventy percent of the world’s poor are women. Two-thirds of all children denied primary education are girls. One in three females will be the victim of violence. In sub-Saharan Africa, women account for 60 percent of people living with HIV, and 75 percent of HIV-infected youth are girls. Pretty bleak stuff, no?

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