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Women considered better coders - but only if they hide their gender
When a group of computer science students decided to study the way that gender bias plays out in software development communities, they assumed that coders would be prejudiced against code written by women. After all, women make up a very small percentage of software developers - 11.2% according to one 2013 survey - and the presence of sexism in all corners of the overwhelmingly male tech industry has been well documented. So the student researchers were surprised when their hypothesis proved false - code written by women was in fact more likely to be approved by their peers than code written by men. But that wasn't the end of the story: this only proved true as long as their peers didn't realise the code had been written by a woman.
Posted on 21 Feb 2016
Why Diversity In Hiring Is Only One Part Of The Puzzle
The conversation on corporate diversity is finally leading some companies to retool their recruiting processes. That's important and laudable, but tends to miss out on one thing: What happens once employees arrive? What makes them stay, and what drives their success at the company when they do? As Intel's latest update on its own diversity efforts makes clear, hiring diverse employees is only one piece of the puzzle. For companies that want to retain employees from all backgrounds and empower them to excel, creating an inclusive culture is just as important as hiring a diverse workforce.
Posted on 11 Feb 2016
The Myth Women in Tech Need to Stop Believing
While many of us promise our children that they can be whatever they want when they grow up, the numbers seem to tell a different story. The truth is that women hold around one in four of all STEM jobs despite making up half of the population. As a society, we too often claim - to our children, to our constituents, and to our employees - to want diversity, even as our biases and behaviors continue to create disparities. We have to change the culture if we want to change the numbers. We know more than ever about the progress women have made, and how far we still have to go. While women's representation in the private sector has improved over the past 20 years, gender inequality still persists at every level. The chasms are especially prevalent in tech, and in areas such as computer science, the gap is actually worsening.
Posted on 11 Feb 2016
Women Fill 18 Percent of Computer Science Jobs
Google officials said that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million new computer science-related jobs in the U.S., but right now, there are only enough computer science graduates to fill 32 percent of those jobs. Washington, DC - infoZine - Scripps Howard Foundation Wire - The Center for American Progress and Google co-hosted an event about encouraging women and minorities to study computer science and to make it a part of core curriculum beginning in elementary school. President Barack Obama announced an initiative to make sure all students get the chance to learn computer science, especially girls and minorities. His final budget, due out Tuesday, will include $100 million for school districts and $4 billion for states to expand K-12 computer science classes.
Posted on 11 Feb 2016
When It Comes to Diversity in Tech, Silicon Valley Isn't Leading
A new report shows black women founders raise less money than even failed Silicon Valley startups. An emphasis on assimilation rather than inclusion is one culprit.
Posted on 11 Feb 2016
International Day of Women and Girls in Science - Live
The United Nations General Assembly have declared February 11th as The International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The president Ann Lee-Karlon of AWIS is speaking at the UN today about this historic day.
Posted on 11 Feb 2016
Women in Company Leadership Tied to Stronger Profits, Study Says
Companies pondering the incentives for increased gender diversity in their executive ranks may need to look no further than the bottom line. Having women in the highest corporate offices is correlated with increased profitability, according to a new study of nearly 22,000 publicly traded companies in 91 countries. The study, released Monday by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a nonprofit group based in Washington, and EY, the audit firm formerly known as Ernst & Young, found that despite the apparent economic benefits, many corporations are lacking in gender diversity. Almost 60 percent of the companies reviewed had no female board members, and more than 50 percent had no female executives. Just under 5 percent had a female chief executive.
Posted on 11 Feb 2016
Intel Raises the Bar for Diversity and Inclusion Among Tech Giants
In recent years, companies in Silicon Valley have been under intense focus as the call grows louder for more diverse and inclusive work environments where everyone - particularly women and other underrepresented minorities - can innovate and thrive. Intel, a Silicon Valley icon, just amplified this call with the release of its Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report, which details the company's ongoing efforts to achieve full representation of women and underrepresented minorities in its U.S. workforce by 2020.
Posted on 11 Feb 2016
These STEM initiatives are inspiring women and girls around the globe
Our society is inching toward a future when the phrase ''you code like a girl'' will be a compliment of the highest order. But there are significant hurdles before we get there. The statistics behind women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are still far from indicating an even playing field. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, female employees fill fewer than 25% of STEM jobs - even though they make up nearly half of the overall workforce. In the startup world, just 5% of women head up their own companies. And these disheartening numbers haven't changed much in the past decade. And it's not just an American issue. Young women around the world are banding together and using technology to shatter the glass ceiling. While this isn't nearly a comprehensive list, we've examined some impactful initiatives that are inspiring women to advance within STEM careers across the globe.
Posted on 24 Jan 2016
New Center Seeks Out Best Practices for Getting Women of Color into STEM
Three quarters of middle school girls show strong interest in science and math, yet only a tenth will go on to continue their studies in college. The result is that they're prevented from obtaining STEM jobs and excluded from the field as well as the high pay those careers promise. To address the challenge of getting girls and women of color, specifically, interested in science, technology, engineering and math will be the focus of a new center at Arizona State University. Kimberly Scott, an associate professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department, is heading up the institution's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology. The mission will be to ''establish best practices for culturally responsive programs for girls of color.''
Posted on 24 Jan 2016

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