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Women Forward in Technology Scholarship Program
Are you a woman who is an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time at an accredited university in the US, in a STEM field? If you are, you now have an opportunity to apply for a Women Forward in Technology Scholarship. Distil Networks just led a group of us, including Foundry Group, Techstars, Cooley, Yesware, Help Scout, Cloudability, Kulesa Faul, FullContact, and Anchor Point Foundation, to raise $50,000 to advance female representation in technology. They will be awarding multiple scholarships of $3,000. The first deadline to submit is August 1st, 2017, and winners will be announced on September 1st, 2017. Interested applicants must complete a 1,000-word essay, present educational transcripts and deliver one letter of recommendation via the Women Forward in Technology application site.
Posted on 08 Jul 2017
Male and Female Entrepreneurs Get Asked Different Questions by VCs - and It Affects How Much Funding They Get
There is an enormous gender gap in venture capital funding in the United States. Female entrepreneurs receive only about 2% of all venture funding, despite owning 38% of the businesses in the country. The prevailing hope among academics, policy makers, and practitioners alike has been that this gap will narrow as more women become venture capitalists. However, homophily does not seem to be the only culprit behind the funding gap. Over the past several years, the U.S. has seen an increase in the number of female venture capitalists (from 3% of all VCs in 2014 to an estimated 7% today), but the funding gap has only widened. The new research offers new evidence as to why female entrepreneurs continue to receive less funding than their male counterparts.
Posted on 08 Jul 2017
Research: Boys Say They're More Likely to Pursue STEM Careers Than Girls
Teenage boys say they are more likely to pursue STEM careers than girls, according to research recently published by nonprofit Junior Achievement and professional services firm EY (formerly Ernst & Young). More than one-third (36 percent) of boys surveyed said they would pursue STEM careers in the future, versus only 11 percent of girls. Twenty-six percent of girls said they plan to prepare for careers in the arts, compared to 10 percent of boys. However, 24 percent of girls said they are looking to pursue careers in the medical/dental field, vs. only 6 percent of boys. One can interpret the medical/dental field as being a ''science'' component of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). On behalf of Junior Achievement and EY, market research firm ORC International surveyed 1,000 13-17-year-olds between Feb. 28 and March 5, 2017. Of those surveyed, an impressive 91 percent of boys and girls said they know what kind of job they want after they graduate from high school. However, boys and girls differed on career goals and values associated with dream jobs.
Posted on 23 Jun 2017
Jennifer Rexford Announced as the 2017 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Award Recipient
Computing Community Consortium (CCC) council member Jennifer Rexford, Professor and Computer Science Department Chair at Princeton University, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award.The award, sponsored by the NCWIT Board of Directors, recognizes faculty members from non-profit institutions who distinguish themselves with outstanding research and excellent graduate mentoring, as well as those who recruit, encourage, and promote women and minorities in computing fields. It is bestowed in memory of Mary Jean Harrold and David Notkin, in honor of their outstanding research, graduate mentoring, and diversity contributions. Harrold and Notkin were both CRA board members.
Posted on 23 Jun 2017
Tech start-ups founded by women have twice the number of female employees, study says
Start-ups with at least one female founder wind up building companies where nearly half the staff are women, a new study finds. With an average of 48% female workers, women-led firms have nearly twice the industry average and outpace some of the nation's largest tech companies in gender diversity including Google (31%), Facebook (33%) and Uber (36%), according to the study by online start-up investing platform FundersClub that surveyed 85 U.S.-based tech start-ups. The study also examined the effect of female tech founders on leadership and engineering teams. Women made up 38% of executives at firms with at least one female founder - 2.4 times the average at start-ups with no female founders. At women-led firms, females made up 23% of the engineering teams - 2.3 times the average at firms led by men.
Posted on 23 Jun 2017
Female Mentorship Helps Keep Women in STEM Subjects, According To New Study
Gender disparity in the workplace is apparent across most every field. It's no secret that female representation is especially lacking in leadership roles and jobs related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). However, a new study has a promising solution for keeping more women in the STEM field: woman-to-woman mentorship. Two researchers, Tara C. Dennehya and Nilanjana Dasguptaa, studied 150 freshmen women studying engineering. (The lack of women, even among STEM fields, particularly standing out in engineering.) To gauge the impact of women role models, students were either assigned male mentors, female mentor, or no mentor. If assigned one, students met with their mentors once a month.
Posted on 23 Jun 2017
Meet Jessica Watkins, The Only Black Woman In NASA's Newest Astronaut Class
NASA announced its first class of astronaut candidates since 2013 on Wednesday. The twelve candidates from various backgrounds and fields of study met some pretty rigorous requirements and made it to the top of the pool of 18,300 applicants, a record number for NASA. Among them is one black woman: Jessica Watkins.
Posted on 23 Jun 2017
Why Are CEOs So Ignorant When It Comes To Diversity?
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is known for driving hard when executing his single-minded focus and getting what he wants. As billionaire Mark Cuban told The New York Times in a recent profile of Kalanick, ''Travi's biggest strength is that he will run through a wall to accomplish his goals.'' So, why is Uber's record of diversity hiring so low? Women hold just 22% of leadership roles at Uber and white people hold 77% of such roles at the company, according to Uber's diversity report, which was released in March.
Posted on 23 Jun 2017
How the NCWIT Summit Promotes Diversity in Computing
The National Center for Women & Information Tech 2017 Summit focused this year, as always, on increasing diversity in computing. ''This one-of-a-kind summit is an invaluable setting for change leaders to have a candid, effective dialogue about practical ways to make change for women in tech,'' NCWIT co-founder and CEO Lucy Sanders tells GoodCall. ''These conversations aren't empty promises; these conversations lead to sustainable change for the society at large.'' In addition to workshops, the variety of speakers at the recent summit, the largest such event in the world, included professors from CUNY, Duke, MIT, UMass, University of Maryland, Arizona State, and Georgetown, as well as executives from Google, Televisa, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Intel, and Hewlett Packard. Sanders and several of NCWIT's research scientists also spoke during the event.
Posted on 23 Jun 2017
Survey highlights the challenges disabled academics face - and what can be done to address them
Kate Sang's research about equality and diversity in the workplace focuses largely on gender issues. But the associate professor of management at Heriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom also knows firsthand about another less frequently discussed dimension of diversity: disability. To better understand the breadth of challenges disabled academics face and to bring the topic more to the fore, she recently conducted a qualitative survey of researchers in the United Kingdom. In an interview with Science Careers, Sang discusses what she learned about the experiences of disabled academics and how even small changes could make their working lives easier. The interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Posted on 03 Jun 2017

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