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What the Science Actually Says About Gender Gaps in the Workplace
Former Google engineer James Damore was hardly the first person to argue that biological differences between men and women determine career outcomes. Many people - even smart, science-minded ones - have asserted that biological differences can explain the gender gap in math, engineering, and science. A 2005 Gallup poll found that 21% of Americans believed men were better than women in terms of their math and science abilities (though 68% believed men and women were about the same). The fact that this argument keeps coming up means that we need to engage with it and clarify which claims are supported by evidence and which are not.
Posted on 22 Aug 2017
What 11 CEOs Have Learned About Championing Diversity
The business case for diversity is clear. Diversity can boost innovation and employee engagement, and companies with greater gender and racial diversity financially outperform their peers. Yet progress within organizations has been slow - there is still a lack of women and minorities in leadership positions, and certain industries like tech and finance are lacking diversity at all levels. And many diversity programs fail. Based on evidence that diversity initiatives are more effective if they start at the top, read the interview of 11 CEOs .
Posted on 22 Aug 2017
Survey Finds Women in Tech Get Punished for Reporting Harassment
After noticing a tech industry influencer posting in a start-ups and entrepreneurs' Facebook group, 18-year-old Lydia Jones sent him a polite message asking if he knew any local members of the tech industry who could mentor her. But his response tried to take the conversation in a totally different direction.
Posted on 22 Aug 2017
STEM To Market - A Unique Program Tailored to the Needs of Women in STEM
STEM to Market combines your scientific expertise with the specialized knowledge, mentorship, and community you need to build a solid foundation and navigate the challenging technology transfer and start-up worlds. STEM to Market is the first accelerator produced by a company with 46 years of experience in advancing the careers of STEM women. We are excited to meet you and travel with you on your commercialization journey.
Posted on 13 Aug 2017
Apply for NXP Foundation Women's STEM Leadership Forum & Student Achievement Awards
Kick off your WE17 conference week in Austin with the NXP Foundation's prestigious event recognizing the brightest young women students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics world-wide. On October 25, 2017, in Austin, Texas, the NXP Foundation will proudly launch the inaugural Women's STEM Leadership Forum to honor the best and brightest young women and their academic and innovative achievements. In addition to an exceptional line-up of speakers and panel discussions, the Forum will offer attendees an extraordinary opportunity for professional interface and dialogue with some of industry's top female technology leaders.
Posted on 13 Aug 2017
Colleges Have Increased Women Computer Science Majors: What Can Google Learn?
A Google engineer who got fired over a controversial memo that criticized the company's diversity policies said that there might be biological reasons there are fewer women engineers. But top computer science schools have proven that a few cultural changes can increase the number of women in the field.
Posted on 13 Aug 2017
Gender pay gap much smaller at tech companies with more female execs, study finds
Tech companies with more women in leadership enjoy some unexpected perks. In addition to improving salary equity among men and women, they also have higher rates of employee satisfaction and lower employee turnover, according to a new report from Redfin and PayScale. The two Seattle-based companies worked together to study how a higher percentage of women executives impacts a company. They discovered that women at companies with high rates of female executives women earn 91 cents for every dollar men earn. At companies with low rates of female leaders, they earn 77 cents, based on the median incomes of male and female employees at each company. Redfin and PayScale also compared the salaries of men and women at similar job levels with comparable years of experience. By that criteria, companies with high rates of female executives paid two cents more for every dollar than men in similar roles earned. For example, female employees at those companies make $98,000 when their male counterparts make $100,000.
Posted on 13 Aug 2017
Facebook makes diversity gains but still struggles in key area
Facebook made progress in improving the gender and racial balance of its workers, with women, African Americans and Hispanics all gaining more representation in the Silicon Valley company's ranks over the last year. Women now make up 35% of Facebook's global workforce, up from 33%, and hold 19% of technical roles, up from 17%, the company said Wednesday. In the U.S., Facebook brought aboard more people of color. Three percent of Facebook workers are African American, up from 2%, and 5% of them are Hispanic, up from 4%. This marks the first time Facebook has increased the percentage of African Americans since it began publicly reporting its workforce demographics three years ago. But the giant social network fell short where the lack of diversity is most acute, in the proportion of African-American and Hispanic workers in technical roles, which has stayed flat at 1% and 3% respectively since 2014. The percentage of African Americans and Hispanics in senior leadership positions have also remained largely unchanged over that time period. A big part of the problem, according to Facebook's global diversity chief Maxine Williams: Too few people of color have the specialized education and training for technical roles at Facebook and too few of them apply for jobs there.
Posted on 13 Aug 2017
Nearly 100 New Ceos Join The Ceo Action For Diversity & Inclusion
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion is cultivating a new type of ecosystem centered around collaboration and sharing. The actions, available via, showcase real-life examples of the open and transparent conversations to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplace environments. The addition of new signatories expands the impact of this work beyond the office to communities and industries.
Posted on 30 Jul 2017
Computer Classes Are Diversifying! Now, About Those Jobs...
High-school girls are taking more Advanced Placement computer engineering exams than ever before, according to a new report from and the College Board. In 2017, largely thanks to a new test aimed at expanding the reach of engineering classes, female participation in these AP tests increased at a faster rate than young boys' participation on the exam in 2017. For women hoping to have careers in computer engineering, this kind of early training can make all the difference. The field of computer science is growing so fast it outpaces all other occupations in the US. It's great work if you can get it. In fact, 70 percent of students who take this AP exam say they want to work in computer science. Trouble is, it's mostly white or Asian men who land these high-paying jobs.
Posted on 30 Jul 2017

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