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Are women scientists overlooked by journals as peer reviewers?
Fewer than a quarter of all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) jobs in the US are held by women. To figure out what exactly is going on and how to remedy the disparity, researchers have been hunting for all the places in STEM fields where gender biases, both explicit and implicit, are prevalent. These biases have been found in hiring decisions, grants awarded, award nominations, and more. One such disparity shows up in a more subtle, but still influential, place, according to new research published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Cross analysis of membership and authorship data from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the organization's journals reveals a gender disparity among peer reviewers. And identifying this gap and understanding where it's coming from could help guide the AGU, and science generally, toward greater gender parity.
Posted on 30 Jan 2017
ABIE awards - Nominations will close March 8, 2017 at 5 p.m. PT.
At the Anita Borg Institute, we celebrate and highlight the success of women technologists and those who support women in tech. We are inspired by their examples, moved by their sacrifices, and stirred by their extraordinary commitment to excellence, progress, and creative problem-solving. Each year, we honor the accomplishments of women in computing at the Grace Hopper Celebration. Each winner will receive a cash prize, an opportunity to speak at GHC 17, and an expenses-paid trip to GHC 17.
Posted on 30 Jan 2017
Tech leaders finally find their voice, opposing Trump's Muslim ban
After weeks of deafening silence and quiet acquiescence, top tech leaders finally began to react strongly to policies of the new administration, spurred by a capricious immigration ban on some Muslim countries ordered by President Donald Trump on Friday. Reactions varied - with many largely focusing on the impact of the executive order on employees across the globe.
Posted on 30 Jan 2017
More Companies Should Release Their Diversity Numbers
Silicon Valley leaders often say they want to advance workplace equality, but behind closed doors many executives - both male and female - admit they're not exactly sure how to go about doing it. There is general confusion around what works, what doesn't, and where to start. Leading a team that's shown tangible results on diversity over the last few years has given me some insights that are worth sharing.
Posted on 30 Jan 2017
Tech's Gender Pay Gap Hits Younger Women Hardest
The salary database Comparably has released a new study exploring the pay gap between men and women in the tech industry. Among its most interesting findings is that the gap is largest for women early in their careers, with women under 25 earning on average 29% less than men their age, while the gap drops to only 5% for workers over 50. The study adds to similar recent results published by Glassdoor, who found last November that the average female programmer made nearly 30% less than her male counterpart.
Posted on 30 Jan 2017
The Rise of Robots Will Make the Tech Gender Gap Even Worse
Whether it was IBM boss Ginni Rometty, dashing onto the podium to anchor a panel on artificial intelligence, or a defiant Christine Lagarde, holding forth on the need to fight back against populism, high-powered women were everywhere at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos. Women reached a record share of attendees who scored prestigious white badges at the event. What echoed through the halls of the main Congress Centre and after-hours events, though, was the sobering truth that the tenuous gains women have made in the world economy are at risk for those further down the ladder. Especially when it comes to the jobs of the future.
Posted on 30 Jan 2017
What you need to know about the tech pay gap and job posts
We know there are more men than women in tech careers, and we know there's a wage gap. But a recent report conducted by Comparably found something interesting - as professionals age, the gender gap decreases. While there is a 29 percent difference in salaries between men and women entering the tech field between the ages of 18 and 25, by the time professionals are over 50 years old, men earn just 5 percent more than women. This makes sense considering that a survey conducted by my company,, found that, in health IT, salaries significantly increase with more experience. But that doesn't explain why there's such a large gap to begin with.
Posted on 30 Jan 2017
Apply for a 1 year paid internship in Silicon Valley - application deadline: February 3rd 2017
The Silicon Valley Internship Programme (SVIP), is offering newly graduating developers an extraordinary opportunity to come and work and learn in Silicon Valley. The SVIP gives newly graduating Software Engineering Students the unique experience of working with hot tech companies in Silicon Valley through a one-year internship. The aim is that through this experience, SVIP interns will bring a little of the Silicon Valley attitude back to the entrepreneurial community back home. Successful applicants are matched with a high growth tech company and work as an integral part of their engineering teams. They are paid a salary of $60,000 for the year. The SVIP helps to arrange for US work visas and provides a return flight to San Francisco, as well as accommodation for the first month. In addition, the SVIP hosts monthly 'Meet the Entrepreneur' and 'Hackathon' events, which take the SVIPers through the company formation process from idea to revenue.
Posted on 19 Jan 2017
Facebook's Hiring Process Hinders Its Effort to Create a Diverse Workforce
Facebook has put itself at the forefront of efforts to recruit a more diverse workforce, including a targeted internal recruiting strategy in 2015 designed to bring in female, black and Latino software engineers. Yet within Facebook's engineering department, the push has been hampered by a multi-layered hiring process that gives a small committee of high-ranking engineers veto power over promising candidates, frustrating recruiters and hindering progress on diversity goals. Facebook started incentivizing recruiters in 2015 to find engineering candidates who weren't already well represented at the company - women, black and Latino workers. But during the final stage for engineering hires, the decision-makers were risk-averse, often declining the minority candidates. The engineering leaders making the ultimate choices, almost all white or Asian men, often assessed candidates on traditional metrics like where they attended college, whether they had worked at a top tech firm, or whether current Facebook employees could vouch for them, according to former recruiters, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about their work.
Posted on 19 Jan 2017
A Grand Challenge: Reimagining Competitions for the Broader Benefit
Competitions can ignite passions and turn kids on to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but the question remains whether competitions are the best way to get youth involved in STEM activities. There is an abundance of competitions including For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST) Robotics, EngineerGirl Essay Contest, and Technovation that serve youth across the country and around the world. Many of these competitions are based on the idea that competing can inspire students to excellence and provide valuable real-life experience. FIRST Robotics describes the experience of competing ''as close to 'real-world engineering' as a student can get.'' This perspective shared by FIRST and other organizers suggests that competitions offer participants a positive experience that can impact interests, attitudes, and skills. A study of FIRST documents that its participants were more than three times as likely to major in engineering and more than twice as likely to pursue a career in science and technology.
Posted on 19 Jan 2017

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