Inessa Rifkin

Inessa Rifkin is the Founder and CEO of RSM.
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When it Comes to Girls and STEM: Learning Environment Matters

My first job after immigrating to the United States was as a mechanical/software engineer for a small engineering company. At the time, it was a company of five engineers, all male, and a female accountant and secretary - fairly standard demographics for 1989. Then, suddenly, the owner of the company decided to hire me - a 30-year-old female mechanical and computer engineer from the...
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Free Time: The Lost Extra-Curricular Activity

“Leave the house and don’t come back until dinner.” Such was the description of my daily extracurriculars as laid out by my mother. She was an incredibly loving and devoted parent. But as other parents of the time, she felt comfortable leaving her three children to their own devices while taking care of what she needed to at home. And to this day I remember those few hours between school and...

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Getting Girls Into Math

Young girls and young boys behave differently. My two decades as a math teacher, and many more years as a parent of both a boy and a girl have proven this for me definitively. Mass culture supports those differences, sometimes in negative ways. And for parents who hope to keep the world of STEM open and interesting to their young daughters, that can pose the occasional challenge, writes Dave...

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Parenting Under Stress

Until recently, I was absolutely sure that immigration was the only source for all of my parenting stress. After all, we immigrated to a completely new world, with very limited language skills, and had to start from square one - no, well behind square one - to establish ourselves in a new and foreign life. Our children, eight and two at the time, became secondary to that goal. They were both...

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Why Every Child Needs Summer School

 

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