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Microsoft lost a lot of women this year. Here's why
Massive layoffs over the past year hit Microsoft particularly hard in one of its sorest spots: women. Microsoft attributes the change "to the restructuring of our phone hardware business." In other words: The company's $7.5 billion write-down of its Nokia acquisition led to jobs cuts where a higher percentage of the workers were women. "The workforce reductions resulting from the restructure of our phone hardware business...impacted factory and production facilities outside the U.S. that produce handsets and hardware," Gwen Houston, Microsoft Global Diversity and Inclusion general manager, wrote in a blog post. "This was the main cause of the decline in female representation at Microsoft."
Posted on 01 Dec 2015
6 Key Factors that Propel Successful Women Entrepreneurs
Women have made strong advances in entrepreneurialism, an area of business long viewed as the domain of men. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the share of women-owned businesses increased 7 percentage points since 2007. As women continue to launch companies at increasing rates, it begs a question: What does it take to be a successful female entrepreneur? KPMG explores this topic in Women Entrepreneurs: Passion, Purpose and Perseverance, a recent survey of 200 female entrepreneurs from Inc. 5000 companies.
The key findings shed light on what propels women's success in business - and what could propel yours.
Posted on 13 Nov 2015
How to solve the STEM gender equality equation
Christianne M.Corbett, American Association of University Women (AAUW) senior researcher and Catherine Hill, AAUW vice president of research, co-authored a paper based on their findings, titled "Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing," which Corbett discussed at a session at last month's Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. Not surprisingly, the research revealed that women remain drastically underrepresented in the fields of engineering and computing, but Corbett's research also highlighted best practices and recommendations for increasing the proportion of women in STEM fields.
Posted on 13 Nov 2015
Twitter Head Of Engineering Apologizes, Calls For Faster Progress On Diversity
Twitter's head of engineering apologized Thursday night for his department's slow movement on diversity, two days after a former African-American engineering manager spoke out on the matter and blamed lack of diversity in engineering for the company's slowing user growth. Along with his apology, Alex Roetter, Twitter's senior vice president of engineering, announced a number of new practices Twitter will implement to more effectively move toward the inclusion and retention of women, Hispanics and African-Americans. "Twitter and our industry must make faster progress on the issue of diversity," Roetter said in a note published on Medium. "That requires people in leadership positions in technology to stand up, state it's a problem, set ambitious goals, and invest in solutions that move us forward."
Posted on 13 Nov 2015
For gender diversity in cybersecurity, fix the image problem
So many of the ads for cybersecurity jobs, products, and services are filled with ominous voiceovers and images of pipes, binary code, and masked hackers. They portray working in cybersecurity as a career in the shadows, a field made up of secretive techies who toil through the night, fueled by Mountain Dew, relentlessly defending our networks from attacks and intrusions. An online search for 'cybersecurity jobs' returns job postings seeking candidates who possess an alphabet soup of certifications, 'ninjas' who like to 'work hard and play hard,' and militaristic calls for "cyberwarriors." These ads are certainly attention-grabbing. But ultimately, this one-dimensional portrayal is problematic, because they are only tailored to half the population: men.
Posted on 13 Nov 2015
Hackathons Have a Gender Problem
Just less than one-third of American doctors are women, as are just more than one-third of American lawyers. Yet women make up just 10 percent of those working in information security. At a moment when computer security is receiving more attention than ever before, and as people become increasingly concerned about whether we are training enough security professionals to meet the growing demand, the lack of women in the field is especially striking - and concerning.
Posted on 13 Nov 2015
Graphene Study Workshop 2016, 17 - 22 January 2016, Les Houches Physics School, France
The Graphene Study is a component of the Graphene Flagship that aims to build a tightly integrated community and to create new direct communication channels between young and experienced researchers in the field. Registration for the workshop is now open.
Posted on 22 Oct 2015
Facebook's TechPrep to expose more blacks, Hispanics to computer science
Facebook is launching a new effort to expose more students and their parents to the promise of computer science as part of the company's broader push to increase the ranks of underrepresented minorities in tech. TechPrep will offer resources in English and Spanish to help young people and their parents or guardians explore how to get started in computer science, the jobs available to programmers and the skills required to become a programmer.
Posted on 22 Oct 2015
Exclusive: Grace Hopper Academy, An All-Women Coding School, To Open In New York
Fullstack Academy, one of the top coding boot camps, is launching a second school, but unlike many coding schools, this one will focus solely on training women interested in entering the tech field. Grace Hopper Academy, as the school is called, is the latest effort by the tech industry to close the gender gap between men and women in tech roles. Though Grace Hopper Academy is not the first coding boot camp designed with diversity in mind, it is the first such school to offer to teach women how to program and not charge them a dime until and only if they secure a tech job.
Posted on 22 Oct 2015
Google Backs Groups That Help Women Network In Tech
One of the barriers facing many women seeking to advance in the tech industry is the lack of a good network. Not the digital kind, the 'foot in the door' kind. Companies all too often hire from pools of job candidates who already have connections, and in an industry that's predominantly male, that means more men have easier entre. For everyone else, especially women, they're left depending on luck. Now Google is backing a way to change this. The nonprofit Anita Borg Institute today is unveiling its ABI.Local program in conjunction with the first day of its annual Grace Hopper Celebration - the world's largest event for women in computing. The idea is to help women technologists in cities around the world connect with each other locally to build the networks that will help build their ranks in the tech industry.
Posted on 22 Oct 2015

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