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Facebook Engineering VP Explains Why ''Cognitive Diversity Is The Most Powerful Tool''
As the head of Facebook's secretive new hardware unit, Building 8, Regina Dugan leads a team of engineers who are trying to develop breakthrough technologies, much as she did when she was the first female director of DARPA. She's learned that assembling a diverse group of perspectives is essential to the creative process. ''The ultimate goal is cognitive diversity, and cognitive diversity is correlated with identity diversity. That means it's not just about [getting] women in tech. It's about broad voices, broad representation. But we can't step away from the idea that in the workplace, diversity also looks like identity diversity. You have to get to the place where you aren't made comfortable by the fact that everyone is the same, but rather feel inspired by how different we are. We get better problem-solving that way.'' said Regina .
Posted on 19 Jan 2017
Two determined women take on tech industry sexism in a new Secret ad
For women in tech, sexism is so often encountered that it unfortunately comes to be expected. A new 30-second ad by deodorant company Secret shows just how embedded gender-based bias is in the industry by telling the story of two women pitching their startup to men at the top. The comedic ad, called ''Pitch,'' illuminates the worries and preparation women asserting their tech talents have to go through to prove their value in ''the boys' club.''
Posted on 19 Jan 2017
How Vera Rubin changed science
Vera Rubin didn't plan to be a pioneering female astronomer. Rubin's work fundamentally changed astronomy by confirming the existence of dark matter, the invisible stuff that makes up 27 percent of the universe. The way she worked changed astronomy, too. The field may have been all male when she entered it 70 years ago. But by the time she died at age 88, that was no longer true. That's in large part thanks to Rubin: a brilliant mentor and fierce advocate for women in science.
Posted on 05 Jan 2017
Engineers Do Super Things All the Time!
Follow the Exciting Adventures of Constance and Nano ...Engineers are always finding creative, exciting ways to make our world awesome! Join Constance and Nano on their engineering adventures to see how fun solving problems with science, engineering, technology and math can be! Download their latest adventure for FREE and share it with your friends, parents and teachers!
Posted on 22 Dec 2016
Behind the Scenes Stories from the Must-Read Book for Women in Tech
Tarah Wheeler, Website Security Czar from Symantec opens up about the process of writing her book: Women in Tech.
Posted on 22 Dec 2016
Efforts to Make Computer Science More Inclusive of Women
T wo decades ago, many academic and industry professionals had given little thought to the gender or racial composition of their classrooms or offices. In the early 2000s, that perspective shifted dramatically. The dotcom bubble burst and, with that, the computing field seemed to lose its luster with prospective students and employees. Some, however, recognized that computer science and engineering would remain critical to our nation's economy and would, in fact, grow in importance. They also recognized that a lack of diversity in the field is not only an equity problem, it is problematic for innovation and workforce development. These forward-thinking individuals and entities focused on the need for women to be a much greater part of the equation as the field moved into its next phase.
Posted on 22 Dec 2016
Was 2016 the Breakthrough Year for Women in Tech?
Since Google's revelation about the lack of gender and racial diversity in their payroll, a harsh truth in the startup community has come to light. Women, and especially women of color, are disproportionately underrepresented in the technology industry. And as the sector grows to 6.7 million jobs this year, it is now more important than ever to understand why there simply aren't enough women in tech. In 2013, The Muse, in association with Women in Tech, published a report reflecting the huge potential of female entrepreneurs and employees.
Posted on 22 Dec 2016
The Alarming Downsides to Tech Industry Diversity Reports
The tech industry doesn't just have a diversity problem. It has a results problem. Major tech companies pour millions of dollars into recruiting, but there remain significant, quantifiable discrepancies - in workforce diversity, in gender equity among people of color, and in representation among top leadership. Even the industry's annual diversity reports, a crucial step towards transparency, can hide vital information and nuance. Tech companies have been disclosing their diversity numbers semi-annually since 2014.
Posted on 22 Dec 2016
Where are the women scientists, tech gurus and engineers in our films?
Perennial stories about the lack of women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) often revolve around why women are not studying these subjects, and when they do, why they don't make their careers in these areas. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media asks a different question. Are women not working in science because there are very few women portrayed in films and on TV who are working in science? Academy Award-winning actress, Geena Davis, founded the institute that bears her name to educate, advocate and influence the media and entertainment industry to encourage more diverse representations of women and girls. Over the past eight years it has provided quantitative research that exposes the unconscious gender biases in casting, screen writing and story-telling.
Posted on 22 Dec 2016
Megan Smith's Insights into Creating an Inclusive Workplace
On the second day of the celebration, GHC 16 attendees from around the world crowded around the our booth to see the speaker who had just arrived. The crowd grew so large that she had to stand on a couch to address everyone who eagerly circled her. This popular figure was the Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Megan Smith, who had come to talk with the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) community. The topic of Megan's speech? How technologists are changing governments around the globe and the need for women to be part of the movement. The inclusion of women and other underrepresented groups is a topic near and dear to the Grace Hopper Celebration attendees. Women leave the tech industry at twice the rate as menwhile Hispanic and Blacks hold between only 2 to 8 percent and 1 to 7 percent of technical roles respectively. For GHC attendees, Megan's message was a refreshing reminder that everyonebelongs in the tech field, no matter what their background.
Posted on 04 Dec 2016

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