10 February 16:30
Webinar “What you should know about your personal finance” with Liesbeth Rutgers, founder of Triple-R Riskmanagement & Consultancy
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We’re looking for a new team member to help support us in organising events for the network. Do you want to bring students, role models and companies together through different kinds of events where you get to decide on the theme and structure of the event?
2021 has kicked off with a lot of turmoil, tension and tighter measures. These cold months can be tough, but time spent inside can offer room for reflection and personal development. We hope to offer a platform for this through our online events, but we could always use your input! Check out our recent vacancy to help support a community of young women in STEM unite and learn from each other.
We have an exciting event in store in February: Liesbeth Rutgers tells us all about personal finance and share tips that might give you a whole new perspective into your finances. Liesbeth has also invited Martien van Winden, author of ‘Je leeftijd als goudmijn’, to share his message on the power of starting investing young. If you want to get your personal finances on track for the new year, sign up and mark down the 10th of February in your planner!
In the News: Diversity as a Priority, not an Afterthought
With Joe Biden’s inauguration, we are also introduced to his cabinet, which is even more diverse than Obama’s: It contains the first Native American cabinet secretary, the first Latino homeland security officer, the first transgender cabinet member and several more “firsts” . Biden claims it reflects the American people more than any other cabinet in history, but there is still plenty of criticism to be found. The leadership of the Pentagon is again bestowed on a man, and many of Biden’s choices are arguably from the traditional pool of older, well-established and moderate politicians. Read this BBC article to find out why progress is so slow when it comes to including minorities and women and why it is so crucial to have a diverse political arena.
Diversity should not just be a priority in politics, but also in the private sector. In times of crisis, diversity tends to be the first issue on the agenda to be scrapped. However, this is incredibly counterproductive. Laura Liswood, secretary-general at the Council of Women World Leaders argues that in a crisis time you need the most creative ideas, differing experenceis and perspectives, which is exactly what diversity can provide. Read this short article to discover why women are hit hardest by the pandemic and why now more than ever, they should have a seat at the table.
Combating Erasure: Diversity and Data
The increasing influence of AI is a concern to many, yet the underlying problems are not always self-evident. Data scientist Mainak Mazumdars TED Talk covers how often minorities get excluded from even the most reliable and trusted datasets, like those from national censuses. This undercounting has severe consequences, as data serves as the foundation for many socio-economical policy decisions. Mazumdar stresses the importance of going the extra mile to gather data that is representative of everyone. After all, advanced societal problems require sophisticated solutions, and investing in these solutions should come only after you ensure that they are built to serve everyone.
In a way, we are all struggling against erasure at the moment, isolated in our homes. But that does not mean that you should give in and let your voice be unheard. Everyone is looking for connection and inspiration, and your perspective might be just the thing someone else needed to hear, even if it just helps them feel less alone in their views. So don’t be a stranger! We are curious about your opinion, so join us in our upcoming event, which can help you keep your eye on the prize and build a bright post-pandemic future.
All the best,
The Librae Team
Imagine a place where groups of professional women gather to air out all of their frustrations. A place where you can give and get advice on how to navigate the plight of working in a sexist workplace. Jessica Bennett visited this place every month, where she met with a secret club of women in New York City. This book invites you into the club and provides not only actionable strategies, but also hilarious and sometimes painfully relatable anecdotes. A great read for any woman working in a male-dominated environment (like many STEM workplaces are).
Another podcast that celebrate the unsung heroes of history! The particular episode linked here is about Jane Marcet(1769-1858) , who is not a scientist herself but still made a significant impact on her community. She made scientific topics like chemistry available to those who did not have access to higher education, like women and minorities. She summarized the lectures she attended and the correspondence she had with several scientists into understandable but accurate textbooks. Through her efforts, she supported the education of the general public, and her widely read works inspired many to pursue science. Learn more about Jane and other historical heroines