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DID YOU KNOW? Why it is imperative that the world’s 3.4 billion girls and women have the same chances to gain an education as boys and men? Basic education is a human right that allows people to live fuller, healthier, more satisfying lives. For societies and economies as a whole, education is also a strategic investment to improve their prospects for development. For all countries, educating all their people, not just half of them, makes the most sense for future progress. Systematic disadvantage in access to schools for girls translates into a less educated workforce, inefficient allocation of labor, lost productivity and consequently diminished progress of economic development. The benefits from women’s education go both beyond higher productivity for them and beyond economic growth. Women with more education tend to be healthier, have fewer children, and secure better health care and education for their children.

These benefits transmit to their communities at large and cascade across generations. While gender accounts for observed disparities in education, poverty persists as the most important and pervasive factor for education inequality. According to calculations based on individual data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) in 24 low-income countries, on average, only 34 percent of girls in the poorest-quintile households in these countries complete primary school, compared with 72 percent of girls in the richest-quintile households, a difference of 38 percentage points due to income poverty alone. In comparison, controlling for income, the gap between the poorest girls and the poorest boys is about 10 percentage points, and that between the richest girls and the richest boys is 12 percentage points, showing narrower gender inequality among the poor than among the rich. (Source - World Bank: King, E. and Nyugen, V., 2013, "Intersecting Sources of Education Inequality".)

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How to Get Girls Into Engineering
by Board President - Friday, August 29, 2014, 12:48 AM
 

How to Get Girls Into Engineering? Let Them Build Toys

Two Women Launch a Startup Aimed at Giving Girls New Options (and Maybe New Futures)

When Alice Brooks and Bettina Chen met in 2010, both were in engineering master's programs at Stanford University—mechanical and electrical, respectively. But there weren't many other women around.

Chatting about why there were so few female engineers, the pair realized that they had both grown up with toys that encouraged them to build and make things, rather than traditional toys for girls. Ms. Brooks, now 26, received a saw for Christmas at the age of 8; Ms. Chen, now 25, had similar experiences with do-it-yourself playthings. "I made dolls out of wood, nails, and paint, learning to make mistakes and to find a way around them," Ms. Brooks recalls.

On the fifth day of the partners' crowd-funding campaign, their company, Maykah Inc., hit its goal; the project eventually ended up pulling in triple the amount of money that they had requested. They also raised a round of funding from angel investors last year. This fall, the company plans to launch five new Roominate products in a range of big retailers, including Toys R Us.The friends agreed it would be great if there were toys aimed at nudging girls toward tinkering and eventually into engineering. In May 2012 they launched a campaign on Kickstarter to fund the development of their toys, which they dubbed Roominate. The idea: Girls get a set of pastel-colored pieces that they can assemble into a building or any other type of structure. Once the building is built, they can decorate it with the included paper and other embellishments and use the motor to add electrical appliances, fans or anything else that uses power.

The kits are already sparking creativity. One girl emailed the company a photo of her version of the Golden Gate Bridge; another made a dog hotel with a pool and balcony, using the motor included with the kit to fashion a cotton-candy machine.

"We want them to see the kit, get excited about making something, and come up with something even cooler than we've shown them," Ms. Brooks says.

—Chana R. Schoenberger




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Math's Highest Honor is Given to a Woman for the First Time
by Board President - Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 12:33 PM
 
August 13, 201411:16 AM ET

Four mathematicians were today awarded the Fields Medal, including Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female mathematician to be given the honor that's often called math's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Mirzakhani, 37, is a professor at Stanford University and was honored in Seoul, South Korea, for her "striking and highly original contributions to geometry and dynamical systems."

Here's more from Stanford:

"The award recognizes Mirzakhani's sophisticated and highly original contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems, particularly in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres, the surfaces of doughnuts and of hyperbolic objects. Although her work is considered 'pure mathematics' and is mostly theoretical, it has implications for physics and quantum field theory."

Mirzakhani was born in Tehran in 1977 and lived there until she began her doctoral work at Harvard. She earned a bachelor's degree from Tehran's Sharif University of Technology in 1999.

"This is a great honor. I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians," Mirzakhani said in a statement on Stanford's website. "I am sure there will be many more women winning this kind of award in coming years."

In the statement, she said that as a young girl she dreamed of becoming a writer. But by high school, math problems and proofs had caught her attention.

"It is fun — it's like solving a puzzle or connecting the dots in a detective case," she said. "I felt that this was something I could do, and I wanted to pursue this path."

The Fields Medal, officially the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, was established in 1936, and is awarded every four years by the International Mathematical Union.

The other three recipients of the award this year are Brazilian Artur Avila of the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris and Brazil's National Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics; Canadian-born Manjul Bhargava of Princeton University; and Austrian Martin Hairer of the University of Warwick in Britain.




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A Billionaire Mathematician's Life of Ferocious Curiosity
by Board President - Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 08:48 PM
 

Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer

A Billionaire Mathematician’s Life of Ferocious Curiosity

New York Times by William James Broad 

James H. Simons likes to play against type. He is a billionaire star of mathematics and private investment who often wins praise for his financial gifts to scientific research and programs to get children hooked on math.
But in his Manhattan office, high atop a Fifth Avenue building in the Flatiron district, he’s quick to tell of his career failings.
He was forgetful. He was demoted. He found out the hard way that he was terrible at programming computers. “I’d keep forgetting the notation,” Dr. Simons said. “I couldn’t write programs to save my life.”
After that, he was fired.
His message is clearly aimed at young people: If I can do it, so can you.



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Summer Camp in DC with Henson Arts In Learning
by Board President - Friday, July 4, 2014, 10:36 AM
 
I am pleased to announce that Henson Arts in Learning is hosting another one of its marvelous summer camps for kids age 13 to 15.

Henson Arts in Learning Summer Camp
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Thank You for your Participation!
by Board President - Monday, May 19, 2014, 12:25 AM
 

We want to thank those that were able to show up for our event. It was a pleasure to have them and those members of the community that were able to make a showing.

BB&T Bank

Henson Arts in Learning

9Round Fitness

The United States Army


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A Community Event in May: Volunteering by Giving and Doing
by Board President - Saturday, May 17, 2014, 10:58 AM
 

Greetings to you! The 3rd Goal is pleased to announce that we are planning a event in May. The proceeds from this event will in part go to the Bill Mehr Drop-In Center. We are planning to host a Youth Volunteer event. Currently, we have 7 tables that we are trying to fill for this two hour event on May 17, 2014, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Tall Oaks Community Center located near the Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation area.

For-Profit and Non-Profit participants will secure a table in order to help us raise funds that will be given to support the Prince William Drop-In Center and Servants At Work (S.A.W.).

Currently, we have the participation of these area Non-Profits and For-Profit organizations:

The 3rd Goal, Inc.

New Creatures-in-Christ Ministries

The 25th Project

BB&T Bank

The Street Light

Henson Arts in Learning

9Round Fitness

SubwayofAlexandria.com

The United States Army

Thank you for your time and consideration as we make this effort to create an event in May. Please send any questions you might have to contact@the3rdgoal.org ...


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Nature by Numbers
by Board President - Saturday, May 17, 2014, 10:57 AM
 

What do Sunflowers have to do with it?

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The 3rd Goal ~ Virginia
by Board President - Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 09:17 PM
 
I want to announce that we have a new web portal that is under the umbrella of our Non-Profit at the 3rdGoal. This web portal is a Moodle 2.7 build that is being hosted by MidPennComputers.com. We are extremely grateful Scott and to his business and technical expertise.

Scott has also recently added a plug-in called OpenMeeting that now allows us to have Conferences, Webinars, and Interviews as part of the regular Moodle activity. Scott is just an amazingly kind and generous person and we are all very amazed at his enthusiasm and his volunteerism with the 3rd Goal: Gender Equality and Empowering Women. Thank you Scott for all your doing to help us out!
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The Chef at 15 - NY Times Magazine
by Board President - Sunday, March 30, 2014, 11:05 AM
 
The Chef at 15

MARCH 28, 2014


One weekend in February, in the kitschy, barnlike house he shares with his mother and grandmother in the San Fernando Valley, Flynn McGarry was preparing an eight-course tasting menu for 15 guests. The McGarrys’ living room, which is dominated by a gigantic brick fireplace, had been cleared to make room for four tables draped with white tablecloths that his mom, Meg, steamed and pressed before moving on to the silver. “We’re having a ‘Downton Abbey’ moment here,” she said.

McGarry, who turned 15 in November, has been hosting his supper club — which he calls Eureka, after the street where he used to live — since he was 11½. Cooking what he calls “progressive American cuisine” is a time-consuming endeavor, and the $160-a-head tasting menus can take somewhere on the order of eight days to prepare. By noon on Saturday, McGarry had finished making the ember-roasted carrot gelée to go with the smoked egg yolk that would be served alongside compressed mango, pickled mustard seeds and coffee-pickled carrots. The beets for the beet Wellington, a dish inspired by a photo of rare beef Wellington that he saw on Instagram, sat in the smoker; they had already been roasted over wood chips and steamed. The beets would eventually be swathed in a mushroom duxelle, dotted with beet greens, enveloped in puff pastry and accompanied on the plate by a smear of creamed sorrel, a beet bordelaise sauce made with reduced ember-roasted beet juice and a single smoked, glazed date. continue reading by using this link to article… 




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Why young girls do not see themselves as Engineers or Programmers
by Board President - Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 09:10 PM
 

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