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How One College President is Breaking Down Barriers for Women in Tech
The shortage of graduates in what is known as STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math, has become a national problem, drawing the attention of the White House last fall which sponsored its first ever science fair. But even when brainy high school kids gravitate toward STEM courses, their interest often wanes in college. One stubbornly undeveloped group who represent a minority in almost all areas of STEM is women. But a nationally recognized computer scientist, mathematician and educator is determined to reverse the trend. When Dr. Maria Klawe became president of Harvey Mudd College in Southern California five years ago, she embarked on a strategic effort, similar to an overhaul she led at Princeton in her former position there as Dean of Engineering, to increase the presence of women in STEM fields.
Posted on 27 Dec 2011
How Women Are Leading the Effort to Make Robots More Humane
By bringing their talents to the male-dominated engineering field, women are sparking innovation. This is the link to the part of the Femme Den series from Smart Design.
Posted on 27 Dec 2011
Women entrepreneurs and technologists: a growing community more welcomed here than Bay Area, other tech hubs
Link to the report done in partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods program, the capstone class for the Temple’s Department of Journalism.
Posted on 27 Dec 2011
Where is the Female Mark Zuckerberg?
The stereotypical founder of a silicon Valley giant is an insanely arrogant, pathologically driven, geekily brilliant 22-year-old guy. This boom looks different. For the first time in startup history, girl wonders actually have an edge over the boys (not that anyone has noticed). Can the new femme entrepreneurs seize their moment?
Posted on 27 Dec 2011
Applying a Gender Lens to Science, Technology and Innovation
The report "Applying a Gender Lens to Science, Technology, and Innovation", was prepared as a contribution to the fifty-fifth session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Based on an examination of women’s roles in a number of sectors such as agriculture, water, energy, and transport, the report argues that science, technology, and innovation (STI) will not have the broadly positive effects sought in less-wealthy regions of the world if STI policies do not specifically take into account the needs and talents of half the global population. Full report
Posted on 19 Dec 2011
High-Performing Women in High Tech
"I’d never want a woman for a boss!" "Women are too competitive with each other!" Unfortunately, these are old workplace stereotypes that hopefully had finally been laid to rest. Nevertheless, they were cited in a panel of female technology and internet entrepreneurs at Makovsky + Company on November 9 as among the images that today’s women have grown up with that have held many back. Still – a glowing story was told in the outstanding track record that entrepreneurial women in technology and the internet have already achieved.
Posted on 16 Nov 2011
Computer Clubs for Girls (CC4G)
CC4G is a club designed for girls. Discover the exciting ways technology is used in music, sport, fashion and more through games and challenges.
Posted on 10 Nov 2011
Is Technology the Best Sector For Female Advancement?
The announcement that two of the largest technology companies are now headed by women gives us pause. Ginni Rometty’s just-announced role as the next CEO of IBM, in addition to Meg Whitman, who became CEO of Hewlitt-Packard (HP) last month forever changes the landscape of America’s high-tech world. Furthermore, these recent appointments redefine what has thus far been a largely male-dominated field, at least at the senior ranks.
Posted on 07 Nov 2011
Cisco Tech Chief Outlines Women s Advantages in Tech
Cisco Systems’ chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior is one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley. She is responsible for around two-thirds of Cisco’s revenues, which totaled $43 billion in the most recent fiscal year and, with her colleague Pankaj Patel, oversees more than 22,000 engineers. But Warrior nearly bypassed a career in business altogether – turned off from the tech industry by the dearth of women in the field, she instead aspired to be part of academia.
Posted on 07 Nov 2011
Having 24.5% women workforce in HCL Tech is a tipping point
From a dedicated Web site to mentoring programmes aimed at engaging women employees, HCL Technologies has been rolling out initiatives to recruit and retain women. Earlier this year, it organised a "women only" recruitment drive across Delhi NCR, Bangalore and Chennai and received an overwhelming response – over 2,500 walk-ins. Ms Robin Abrams, a board member at HCL Technologies and a champion of gender diversity, says the company has reached a tipping point. Almost a quarter of its workforce is now women – compared to 21 per cent two years ago.
Posted on 07 Nov 2011

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