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At Best Buy, women make up the majority of company's leadership team
Best Buy is no longer an old boys club - at least not at the top. For the first time, women make up the majority of the leadership team at the Richfield-based company, the nation's largest electronics retailer. That would be a notable feat for any corporation these days, but it's particularly remarkable for one that is entrenched in the notoriously male-dominated technology world. Best Buy reached the turning point last month when Trish Walker was hired from Accenture to become its president of services, including the Geek Squad. With her hiring, six of the 10 executives who report to chief executive Hubert Joly are women.
Posted on 10 May 2016
Google Doodle Honors Scientist Hertha Marks Ayrton
Hertha Marks Ayrton became the first woman to present her own work to the U.K.'s Royal Society when she stood in front of the scientific academy in 1904 and read ''The Origin and Growth of Ripple Marks.'' Until then, scientists were baffled by the creation of ridges in sand when a wave washes over a beach. To celebrate Ayrton's scientific discoveries and victories over discrimination, Google has honored the British engineer, mathematician, physicist and inventor with a Doodle, on the 162nd anniversary of her birth. In addition to unlocking the mystery of ripples, Ayrton also became and expert on electric arcs, widely used in lighting at the time.
Posted on 29 Apr 2016
The next new thing: Women VCs
It may be hard to believe, given the wealth of attention paid to the low numbers of women in the industry and the obstacles they're having to overcome. But the signs of change are everywhere if you're paying close enough attention. Women now make up 60 percent of college graduates, and many more of them are graduating with tech-friendly degrees. (Women are exceeding at elite institutions particularly, and now account for one-third of Stanford's undergraduate engineering students, as well as one-third of Stanford's graduate engineering students.) Though women are making slow inroads at venture firms - according to CrunchBase datapublished earlier this week, just 7 percent of the partners are women at the top 100 venture firms - women are increasingly finding paths around today's guard.
Posted on 29 Apr 2016
What Do Women Want At Hackathons? NASA Has A List
For the past four years, NASA has hosted the Space Apps Challenge, one of the biggest hackathons on the planet. Last year, 14,264 people gathered in 133 locations for 48 to 72 hours to create apps using NASA's data. A team in Lome, Togo, built a clean water mapping app; one in Bangalore, India, created a desktop planetarium; another in Pasadena, California, created a pocket assistant for astronauts. This year's hackathon happens this upcoming weekend. While NASA has been able to attract participants from all corners of the globe, it has consistently struggled to get women involved. NASA is working very hard to change this. "The attendance is generally 80% male," says Beth Beck, NASA's open innovation project manager, who runs the Space Apps Hackathon. "It's more everyman than everywoman."
Posted on 21 Apr 2016
The complex role of gender in faculty hiring
Gender plays a complicated role in the hiring of computer science tenure-track faculty members, of which on average only about 15% are women, according to a study presented today at the peer-reviewed International World Wide Web Conference in Montreal, Canada, and posted on the arXiv preprint server in February. Gender bias in hiring is not blatant, the authors found, but gender-associated differences in productivity, postdoctoral experience, and institutional prestige of degree-granting institutions - which are likely due to bias against women during the training process - largely account for the observed gender imbalance in computer science faculty hiring networks.
Posted on 21 Apr 2016
How a Photographer's Project Is Highlighting Diverse 'Techies'
Story about Helena Price's photography project ''Techies'' shares the stories 100 members of the tech community.
Posted on 13 Apr 2016
A Creative Idea That Might Actually Help Close Tech's Gender Gap: Librarians
The tech industry's education pipeline problem is well established. Companies often cite too few qualified college graduates who are women or people of color as a primary reason for the industry's diversity issues. But a new report suggests they may be looking in the wrong place. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), tech employers could more quickly boost their gender diversity by hiring women in lower paying jobs. IWPR's report found that some IT jobs, such as web developers and computer system analysts, share similar skills to some occupations predominantly held by women. And with a little creative thinking, tech companies could more rapidly close their gender gap by recruiting women who work as librarians, clinical lab technicians, or in human resources.
Posted on 13 Apr 2016
Pr. Jennifer Doudna - L'Oreal-UNESCO Laureate 2016 - United States
Dr. Jennifer Doudna was named a 2016 L'Oreal-UNESCO Za zenske v znanosti Laureate for her groundbreaking work that is revolutionizing genetics. Watch here to learn more about Dr. Doudna and her extraordinary research!
Posted on 30 Mar 2016
White men dominate Silicon Valley not by accident, but by design
''Women in tech'' was a common phrase at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival this year. But there's reason to think that focusing on women as an anomaly in the community might hurt more than it helps. After SXSW cancelled two panels about gender in the gaming community last fall, provoking an uproar, the Interactive conference attempted to atone with an Online Harassment Summit on Mar. 12. But the discussions turned out to be ''just one more place for men to ignore women,'' as The Verge reported. The poorly-attended panels were held across the river from the center of SXSW action-a geographical siloing that serves as an apt metaphor for the problem with the ways we talk about women in tech. Thankfully, one panel sought to reframe the conversation by focusing on the long history of women in computer science. Documentarian Robin Hauser Reynolds, who directed and produced the new documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, appeared on a panel at the Capital One House at SXSW along with Nathan Ensmenger, an associate professor at Indiana University's School of Informatics and Computing. Together they discussed the social and cultural history of computing-with a special emphasis on the fact that the field is dominated by white men not by accident, but by design.
Posted on 21 Mar 2016
This Is What It's Like to Be an Older Woman Entrepreneur In Silicon Valley
Anita Brearton and Sheryl Schultz have advice for other post-50 female entrepreneurs: Don't give up, no matter how many ridiculous, insulting things are said to you by the mostly male venture capitalists you will inevitably encounter. The two businesswomen, both entrepreneurs and both in their late 50s, should know. For the past year, as they looked for investors for their latest venture, Brearton and Schultz heard all kinds of unhelpful suggestions.
Posted on 21 Mar 2016

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