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IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group of the Year Award
The Women in Engineering Committee (WIEC) is now requesting nominations for the WIE Affinity Group of the Year Awards that was established by the WIEC to recognize affinity groups based on quality programs, outreach to young women, communication to affinity group members, membership growth and website presence. The awards are given annually to one WIE Affinity Group and one WIE Student Branch Affinity Group that has shown outstanding leadership and initiative in organizing activities.
Posted on 05 Feb 2015
GHC[1], presented by ABI (dot), 18th March, New York
GHC[1] is a one-day, locally organized conference modeled after ABI's international Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC). This immersive event brings women technologists at all levels together, along with industry leading companies, to build relationships, learn and advance their careers.
Posted on 05 Feb 2015
The Queen of Code
As a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Hopper worked on the first computer, the Harvard Mark 1. And she headed the team that created the first compiler, which led to the creation of COBOL, a programming language that by the year 2000 accounted for 70 percent of all actively used code. Passing away in 1992, she left behind an inimitable legacy as a brilliant programmer and pioneering woman in male-dominated fields. Hopper's story is told in 'The Queen of Code', directed by Gillian Jacobs. It's the latest film in FiveThirtyEight's Signals series.
Posted on 04 Feb 2015
The inspiring stories of women who helped shape science and tech
The White House has launched a website that aims to increase the visibility of women's place in the history of technology. The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology aims to attract more young women into STEM fields by sharing the stories of female trailblazers in those fields. The stories of the women mentioned above - and more - are narrated by women in STEM in the White House Administration: US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, NASA Chief Scientist Dr Ellen Stofan, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and White House OSTP Associate Director for Science Jo Handelsman. Each story isn't very long - around a minute - but it provides a brief background into each of the women showcased, and enough information that you know who they were and what they did - allowing you to go off and conduct further research on your own. The bottom of the page also invites women currently working in STEM to share their own stories in order to inspire young women, with the stories to be shared across White House channels.
Posted on 04 Feb 2015
Women's 'emotional connections' can aid the technology industry
Women can bring an emotional connection to the technology sector, which is becoming more important as the industry evolves, according to the president of business collaboration software firm Jive. Elisa Steele explained in an interview with V3 that the need for more women in technology goes beyond a desire to encourage workplace diversity, and that women can bring a way of thinking that has "real business value".
Posted on 04 Feb 2015
Girls in IT: The Facts
Girls in IT: The Facts, sponsored by NCWIT's K-12 Alliance, is a synthesis of the existing literature on increasing girls' participation in computing. It aims to bring together this latest research so that readers can gain a clearer and more coherent picture of 1) the current state of affairs for girls in computing, 2) the key barriers to increasing girls' participation in these fields, and 3) promising practices for addressing these barriers.
Posted on 04 Feb 2015
In the last few months roughly 20 tech companies broke with traditional silences around data transparency, publicly releasing their diversity demographics. Before then, a few companies, such as Intel, had been releasing their company-wide equal opportunity data for quite some time. But until last year, few, if any, companies had revealed their demographic data for technical occupations, in particular. This historic trend is a laudable and important first step in stimulating open conversation and action to increase diverse representation in the tech industry.
Posted on 04 Feb 2015
ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, Boston, MA, February 18-21, 2015
The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to: celebrate the diversity that exists in computing, connect with others with common backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, and gender so as to create communities that extend beyond the conference, obtain advice from and make contacts with computing leaders in academia and industry, get inspired by great presentations and conversations with leaders with common backgrounds. This year's conference theme is Diversity at Scale as the Tapia Conference celebrates efforts to move diversity in all aspects of computing beyond conversation and study into full practice and implementation. As a community, we recognize that we must scale our diversity efforts to fully utilize computing to address the larger problems faced by today's society.
Posted on 18 Jan 2015
3 Takeaways From Pew's Women in Leadership Survey
Women may be making inroads into the tech and political realms, but when it comes to the corporate world, they have a lot of catching up to do - or rather, society does. That's according to a new Pew Research Center survey on women and leadership, which outlines just where they stand in the labor force. From making strides in managerial and professional roles to being more likely than young men to graduate from college (and continue learning), women are making real progress. Of course, there's clearly still room for improvement. Here are three takeaways from the illuminating study, guaranteed to get your office talking.
Posted on 18 Jan 2015
How corporate America is tackling unconscious bias
Equality is a worthy goal - but its tough to achieve when unconscious bias so pervades the American workplace. Certainly women have made inroads in corporate America, but a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday points at why women struggle to climb to the corporate world's highest ranks - and often tone down their ideas, hide behind an agreeable facade or leave the workplace altogether. Four out of 10 surveyed in the Pew study said that there are double standards for women seeking the highest levels of leadership in politics or business. They added that women have to outshine their male counterparts - and more than one-third of respondents believe the electorate and corporate America are not ready to put more women in top leadership positions.
Posted on 18 Jan 2015

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