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Facebook’s First Female Engineer Speaks Out on Tech's Gender Gap
Interview with Ruchi Sanghvi the first female engineer at Facebook, Sanghvi who helped develop two of the company’s more important creations: the iconic Newsfeed and the Facebook Platform, which lets outside coders build applications that plug into the world's most popular social network. Then, at Dropbox, she dreamed up a similar developer platform for the big-name file-sharing service-dubbed DBX-overseeing the company's metamorphosis from a simple collaboration tool into a something that could potentially connect all the tidbits of your digital life.
Posted on 19 Dec 2014
How to get more female computer science grads
Among 40 engineers at Ifbyphone, a call automation and analytics provider in Chicago, just three are women, with only one specializing in software development.It's a familiar predicament for many Chicago tech firms and one that educators are straining to alleviate. If more women were intrigued, they could help plug the gap between the 400,000 computer science diplomas expected this decade and the 1.2 million the government says the economy needs. But even as apps burrow into the last reaches of everyday life, women aren't responding: In 2012 they earned 18 percent of computer science degrees, half their share in 1985.
Posted on 19 Dec 2014
Computer Engineer Barbie: Not Just Anatomically Incorrect
In 2010, Mattel asked what Barbie’s next job should be: Architect? Environmentalist? News anchor? Surgeon? How about a computer engineer? More than 600,000 women and girls voted for the career of their choice on Barbie.com, Facebook or Twitter. Girls voted overwhelmingly for news anchor, but women voted for computer engineer.
Posted on 09 Dec 2014
How to Succeed in Science, According to Some of the World's Brightest Female Scientists
Somewhere out there, a little girl is in total awe of the beauty and power of science. She loves her GoldieBlox, is testing out Girls Who Code and along the way internalized the message that girls belong in science. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance she won’t make her passion into a career. Although a better job has been done to encourage girls to take up the road to a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career, we’ve failed to fix the potholes that derail them once they are there. Women are still leaving the STEM fields in droves, despite being equally intellectually capable. A recent study on the status of women in science highlights this phenomenon; despite an influx of women in science careers, many leave within 10 years. The study shows they still love science, but they leave because of the masculine culture, feelings of isolation and a lack of support.
Posted on 09 Dec 2014
Diversifying gender in Engineering faculty
Davidson, a Weiss professor in the Computer and Information Science department of the Engineering School, laments that being a minority - a female faculty member among mostly males - has added obstacles to her academic career. “If you’re aggressive as a women you’re seen as nasty, [and] it is hard to be in control of a class and not be perceived as being aggressive,” Davidson said. She is one of the few women on the Engineering School’s faculty, which is around 13.5 percent female overall.
Posted on 03 Dec 2014
How Women Entrepreneurs Can Accelerate to Break Out Growth
Only 3-5% of startups are led by women. Even though the number of women-led startups is tiny, they tend to be highly successful when they have access to resources. Kaufman report described in Bloomberg BusinessWeek found that ''…women - led high tech start-ups are ''…more capital - efficient, achieve 35% higher return on investment, and - when venture-backed - generate 12% higher revenue than male-owned tech companies…''
Posted on 03 Dec 2014
Gendered Wording’s Impact on Awards and Recognition
Adjectives used to describe potential candidates in awards solicitations and nominees in letters of recommendation can influence perceptions about what an award winner should “look like”. When awards solicitations contain male-associated words, for example, women are less likely to consider themselves eligible for the award, and are less likely to be nominated. Similarly, letters of recommendation for men are typically longer and include more ability, standout, and research words; while letters for women are shorter and contain more teaching and grindstone words, in addition to references to personal attributes.
Posted on 13 May 2013
Comparing the World's Glass Ceilings
Despite all the complaints about the glass ceiling, the United States is actually doing a relatively good job of getting women into high-achieving jobs. Other developed countries have much more family-friendly labor policies than the United States does. The United States is one of only a handful of countries in the world (rich or poor) that do not offer paid maternity leave, for example. And while prominent American companies like Yahoo and Best Buy are banning work-from-home arrangements, European Union countries have legislated that parents can request part-time, flexible or telecommuting arrangements without penalty. In some countries, employers are not allowed to say no to these requests, and in places where they can, there’s often a pretty involved process required to justify the refusal. Some places, like Germany and Spain, also require companies to keep a job open for an employee on parental leave for as long as three years.
Posted on 10 Apr 2013
Diversity programs give illusion of corporate fairness
Diversity training programs lead people to believe that work environments are fair even when given evidence of hiring, promotion or salary inequities, according to new findings by psychologists at the University of Washington and other universities. The study also revealed that participants, all of whom were white, were less likely to take discrimination complaints seriously against companies who had diversity programs. Workplace diversity programs are usually developed by human resource departments to foster a more inclusive environment for employees, but aren’t typically tested for their effectiveness. Nonetheless, their existence has been used in courtrooms as evidence that companies treat employees fairly.
Posted on 10 Apr 2013
Women Have Better Decision-Making Abilities Than Men, Make Better Corporate Leaders
It might be the most fool-proof argument for ending the disparity between men and women in the boardroom: A new study finds that women just might run a company better. The study, published in the International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, surveyed 600 board directors (75% of them were male) and found some striking differences between the way men and women make decisions in corporate settings: the men opted to make decisions based on tradition, rules, and regulations, while the women tended to shirk tradition, consider the interests of all stakeholders, cooperate, and be more inquisitive.
Posted on 10 Apr 2013

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