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Uber to release diversity data in renewed vow to fix culture
Uber Technologies Inc plans to outline diversity goals and publish the results of a sexual harassment investigation over the coming weeks, part of a commitment to fix its corporate culture. A report on workforce demographics, which will be Uber's first, is expected by the end of this month, Liane Hornsey, the company's senior vice-president for human resources, said on a conference call with reporters. Releasing such data has become common practice for technology companies in recent years. Arianna Huffington, an Uber board member, said a probe into the company's culture and harassment claims is likely to be completed by the end of next month. Huffington is helping oversee the inquiry process, along with Eric Holder, the former US attorney general. She said there's an ''absolute commitment that the findings will be made public and that they will inform all the actions.''
Posted on 30 Mar 2017
Women at Tech Companies Still Struggle to Reach C-Suite
Female executives in male-founded tech companies are more likely to head HR than to hold other leadership positions, and that's if they're among the relative few who make it to the C-suite, a new study reveals. U.S. tech startups have made little headway in getting women on boards of directors and in executive suites in recent years. This despite growing industry attention on women's underrepresentation in those arenas, according to Silicon Valley Bank's (SVB's) 2017 Women in Technology Leadership report. Seventy percent of U.S. firms responding to the survey don't have any women on their boards, the report found, and more than half (54 percent) have no female executives; both percentages are higher than those reported in the previous two years. In 2015 and 2016, the percentage of U.S. startups with no female directors stood at 68 percent and 66 percent, respectively, while 53 percent had no female executives in 2015 and 46 percent had no women in the C-suite last year.
Posted on 30 Mar 2017
Google Summer Code
You can spend your summer break writing code and learning about open source development with the 2017 Google Summer of Code. Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development. Students work with an open source organization on a 3 month programming project during their break from school.
Posted on 21 Mar 2017
We can teach women to code, but that just creates another problem
Technology has a gender problem, as everyone knows. The underrepresentation of women in technical fields has spawned legions of TED talks, panels, and women-friendly coding boot camps. The women who are so assiduously learning to code seem to be devaluing certain tech roles simply by occupying them. Conventional wisdom says that the key to reducing gendered inequality in tech is giving women the skills they need to enter particular roles. But in practice, when more women enter a role, its value seems to go down more.
Posted on 21 Mar 2017
Expanding the Pipeline: Characteristics of Male and Female Prospective Computer Science Major - Examining Four Decades of Changes
Several years ago, after devoting many years to the study of the gender gap in STEM fields using nationwide data on first-year college students, it became clear to me that the study of STEM in the ''aggregate'' was no longer a realistic or useful way to examine women's progress in these fields. Not only does women's representation in undergraduate STEM vary dramatically by field (constituting as many as 58% of bachelor's degree earners in the biological sciences and only 18% of degree earners in computer science and engineering [NCES, 2015]), but STEM fields are distinct from each other in many other ways, including curriculum, career paths, and the types of students they attract.
Posted on 21 Mar 2017
Mark Zuckerberg On Lack Of Diversity In Tech: 'That's Our Problem To Figure Out'
The Facebook CEO joined students at North Carolina A&T, a historically black college and university (HBCU), to kick off the chancellor's speakers series on Monday. During the discussion, which was streamed live from his page, a student asked Zuckerberg how he plans to make his company more inclusive. She also asked what people of color can do to get jobs in those non-inclusive spaces. He told her that was the onus is on tech companies to fix the problem.
Posted on 21 Mar 2017
How Microsoft is inspiring girls to stay in STEM and MakeWhatsNext
To celebrate International Women's Day March 8, Microsoft announced Tuesday it is building upon last year's campaign encouraging girls to MakeWhatsNext. The new campaign aises awareness of the issues that cause girls to drop out of or lose interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and ''aims to pique their excitement in how they can change the world - if they stay engaged,'' writes Mary Snapp, corporate vice president of Microsoft Philanthropies. A new video challenges girls to stay in STEM so they are empowered to solve the problems they care about most, ranging from finding solutions to climate change to curing cancer, Snapp says. Additionally, to help shift perceptions about STEM jobs, Microsoft and LinkedIn launched a new experiential tool in conjunction with the campaign to demonstrate how girls can pursue their passions across industries and social causes.
Posted on 11 Mar 2017
Trump signs laws to promote women in STEM
The White House just gave women in STEM a boost. President Donald Trump signed two laws on Tuesday that authorize NASA and the National Science Foundation to encourage women and girls to get into STEM fields. Those are science, technology, engineering and math. The Inspire Act directs NASA to promote STEM fields to women and girls, and encourage women to pursue careers in aerospace. The law gives NASA three months to present two congressional committees with its plans for getting staff - think astronauts, scientists and engineers - in front of girls studying STEM in elementary and secondary schools. The full name of the law is the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers Women Act, in case you're wondering where the acronym Inspire comes from. The second law is the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act. It authorizes the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurial programs aimed at women.
Posted on 11 Mar 2017
The exact age when girls lose interest in science and math
A new survey commissioned by Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) found that young girls in Europe become interested in so-called STEM subjects around the age of 11 and then quickly lose interest when they're 15. ''Conformity to social expectations, gender stereotypes, gender roles and lack of role models continue to channel girls' career choices away from STEM fields,'' said psychology professor Martin Bauer of the London School of Economics, who helped coordinate the survey of 11,500 girls across 12 European countries. The survey also found that girls' interest in humanities subjects drops around the same age but then rebound sharply. Interest in STEM subjects does not recover.
Posted on 11 Mar 2017
Intel Introduces An Anonymous Hotline In Hopes Of Hanging On To Its Diverse Hires
Ever since Intel made a $300 million, five-year investment in diversity and inclusion in 2015, the tech behemoth has kept its promise to release a semi-annual progress report. And while other Silicon Valley companies have recently delayed releasing their diversity numbers, Intel just released its latest statistical analysis of its staff.Other companies are demurring due to lack of progress, but Danielle Brown, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Intel, says that even incremental gains are important. And in this report, as in its last, some of the improvements look small in terms of percentage of increase. For example, underrepresented minorities in leadership roles increased to 7.1% in 2016 from 6.3% in 2015. Other stats show similar gains.
Posted on 11 Mar 2017

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