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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
Tesla just welcomed this CEO to its board. Here's why it's a big deal for Silicon Valley
Tesla has bucked its trend of appointing mostly men to its board of directors. And the move could mark a new direction for other Silicon Valley companies as they make their leadership teams more diverse. Tesla welcomed Ebony Media CEO Linda Johnson Rice, the second woman out of a group of nine board members and the first African-American to hold that role, according to Fortune.
Posted on 30 Jul 2017
How NCWIT is Changing the Face of Computing: Advocating for Women and Minorities While Giving Employers Tools to Recruit and Retain Them
A nonprofit community of nearly 900 universities, businesses, and organizations nationwide, the National Center for Women and Information Technology, or NCWIT, takes a three-pronged approach to increasing women's participation in the computing industry. By connecting change leaders, providing free resources, and developing programs for reaching underrepresented groups, NCWIT inspires change at a national scale. The organization helps raise awareness and implement change by distributing research-based information on how to attract, develop, and promote women and minorities in technology.
Posted on 30 Jul 2017
Mystique of Engineering Needs to be Removed
The 'mystique' of engineering needs to be removed by getting women engineers and more young male engineers to engage in schools more frequently, according to Anne Taylor, Deloitte LLP vice chairman and managing partner. ''Young girls need to meet engineers, hear about their jobs and lives on more than a single career day,'' Taylor told Rigzone. The Deloitte partner believes that more needs to be done to help girls understand the types of careers available to them and how an engineering degree can help them give back to society, as well as have a challenging and profitable career.
Posted on 17 Jul 2017
The First Woman to Win Math's Highest Award Dies at 40
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and only woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal, called the Nobel Prize of math, died on Saturday. Mirzakhani was a professor at Stanford University, which made the announcement, saying she had breast cancer that spread to her bones. She was 40. Mirzakhani won the distinguished award, given every four years, in 2014 for her work on geometry and dynamical systems. Much of her work was highly theoretical, and Stanford's statement said it could read like ''a foreign language'' to those outside the field-''moduli spaces, Teichmuller theory, hyperbolic geometry, Ergodic theory and symplectic geometry.'' In practice, her body of work may change theoretical physicists' understanding of how the universe was formed, as well as quantum field theory. Her Fields Medal marked not only the first time a woman won since the award since its inception in 1936, but also the first time an Iranian had won.
Posted on 17 Jul 2017
For Minority Female Astronomers, a New Research Effort Backs Up Anecdotes of Harassment
Women working in astronomy and planetary sciences have long spoken up about workplace harassment; a new paper now has data to back up those anecdotes. Published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets,the paper, ''Double Jeopardy in Astronomy and Planetary Science: Women of Color Face Greater Risks of Gendered and Racial Harassment,'' surveyed 474 astronomers and planetary scientists about their workplace experiences from 2011 to 2015. A standout statistic: Forty percent of women of color who responded said they felt unsafe at work because of their gender or sex, while 28 percent said they had felt unsafe because of their race. Among all the scientists surveyed, women from minority racial and ethnic groups reported the highest rates of harassment, assault, and negative experiences. Although there is no one factor that explains why so many women responded that they have been harassed, two of the paper's co-authors said that some of the problems may stem from aspects specific to the field of astronomy.
Posted on 17 Jul 2017

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