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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
Gender Bias Found in How Scholars Review Scientific Studies
A scientist's gender can have a big impact on how other researchers perceive his or her work, according to a new study. Young scholars rated publications supposedly written by male scientists as higher quality than identical work identified with female authors. The research found that graduate students in communication - both men and women - showed significant bias against study abstracts they read whose authors had female names.
Posted on 10 Apr 2013
Chelsea Clinton and More Tech Entrepreneurs
Riding the tailwinds of the “lean in” movement, Chelsea Clinton and a panel of female tech entrepreneurs urged the Women in the World audience to encourage more girls to study computer science - and take over Silicon Valley.
Posted on 10 Apr 2013
Women Do not Negotiate Because They are Not Idiots
Women do better in situations with “low structural ambiguity”: where there is more information and lower uncertainty about the potential salary range and appropriate norms for negotiation. Linda Babcock herself, the author of the studies that gave rise to the “women don’t ask” industry, has shown that women don’t negotiate for a very simple reason: they sense correctly that it will hurt them if they do. Babcock and her colleagues found that women don’t negotiate their initial salaries as much as men. No doubt you’ve heard that. This finding has received a wild amount of coverage in the press. What you probably haven’t heard is what happens when women do negotiate. Often, they end up worse off than if they’d kept their mouths shut.
Posted on 11 Mar 2013
Martha Kelly Girdler on How to Cultivate More Female Engineers and on Being Part of Etsys 500% Success Story
Last month, news broke that Etsy increased their female engineer base by nearly 500 percent by changing the way they recruit and develop their female talent. This sort of triple-digit improvement, in less than a year, reimagines a industry previously flanked by a supply problem on the one hand and a well-documented “brogrammer” culture on the other. Now boasting an industry-leading 20 female engineers on a team of 110, Etsy’s move to a “Hacker School” model and away from traditional headhunting and pure interview-based evaluations has sent a strong signal to other technology-driven companies: it can be done.
Posted on 11 Mar 2013
Startup Weekend's Focus On Women Founders
According to Women 2.0, private tech companies with female executives achieve a 35% higher return on investment. Further, when these companies are backed by venture, female leaders bring in 12% more revenue than their male counterparts. Fiscal responsibility isn’t the only asset female leaders bring to startups: Based on a 2012 report by Harvard Business Review, survey results show that “at all levels, women are rated higher in 12 of the 16 competencies that go into outstanding leadership.
Posted on 11 Mar 2013
S.T.E.M. education inspiring girls nationwide
Host Melissa Harris-Perry was joined by an all-female panel to discuss S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and its relationship to girls. They addressed how important each of the S.T.E.M. fields are in promoting self-esteem and nourishing potential, as well as in eliminating negative stereotypes for women.
Posted on 25 Feb 2013
Women in Technology
A look at the role women have played in technology, getting to know some of our most inspirational women in the field, and thoughts on where women will continue to participate in social, mobile and gaming.
Posted on 09 Feb 2013
The Williams sisters head to the White House
Iowa State has made a point of promoting women in science and technology through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program, but the Williams sisters have taken that a step further. More specifically, they went to the White House. Cassidy and Camryn Williams, a junior and a freshman respectively, were invited to be two of the 10 women at the Tech Inclusion Summit. Their presence was on behalf of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, an organization that they stayed involved with after each winning the organization’s Aspirations Award in high school
Posted on 09 Feb 2013

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