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When tech firms judge on skills alone, women land more job interviews
Diversity in the tech industry has become a major issue, and tech firms from Apple to Facebook to Intel have been releasing annual reports to show how they're doing. The numbers, though, are often lackluster, with little improvement from year to year. For example, Apple's latest diversity report earlier in the month showed the company is 32 percent female, which is 1 percentage point higher than last year. Many companies are trying to pinpoint the cause, yet there are myriad ways women and minority job candidates can get derailed or overlooked. Speak With a Geek seems to have zeroed in on one. Removing traces of gender or race may prevent employers from basing interview decisions on a conscious or unconscious bias, Speak With a Geek said. The former would be an outright belief that women, for instance, aren't as good at coding as men are. The latter would be more subtle and might mean a company picks the man because he better fits that employer's unexamined idea of who a coder is.
Posted on 30 Aug 2016
These tech companies are offering internships for 40-something moms
Tech companies have tried everything to boost the low numbers of women in their ranks. Massive grants aimed at high-tech scholarships for girls and students of color. Longer parental leave perks for new moms and dads. Evenbenefits that pay for women who want to delay childbearing to freeze their eggs. Now a growing number of both large and small tech companies are borrowing an idea from Wall Street banks: The "returnship," which brings in mid-career women (and men) who've taken time out of the workplace to care for family, offering them a path back to the office. On Tuesday, a nonprofit called Path Forward announced that six San Francisco-based tech companies, including domain registrar GoDaddy, customer service software maker Zendesk and grocery delivery outfit Instacart, will offer 18-week internships for about 20 mid-career professionals starting in October.
Posted on 30 Aug 2016
'Belonging' can help keep talented female students in STEM classes
Many women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have faced a common experience at some point during their college days - they walked into a classroom and found that they were among a small handful of women in the class, or even the only one. That kind of experience has the potential to make a talented, motivated student feel out-of-place, and compel her to search for more inclusive academic environments, according to Nilanjana Dasgupta, a psychology researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Questioning one's sense of ''belonging'' in an academic environment may contribute to why women are significantly under-represented in some areas of STEM. Dasgupta's research, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE), identifies interventions or remedies that universities and other organizations can employ to increase women's sense of belonging in STEM - even in cases where they are a small minority in the classroom among male peers.
Posted on 30 Aug 2016
Welcome to the Wow! Innovation Challenge Page
The Wow! Innovation Challenge recognizes the innovative outreach techniques being used by SWE sections and MALs. Periodically, a section/MAL will be recognized for a unique, creative approach to a component of outreach. SWE will award a $500 outreach stipend to the winning section/MAL and will share the winning entries with the entire society.
Posted on 30 Aug 2016
Jobs at ABI
If you want to be a part of the team working to transform technology by ensuring that the people who build technology mirror the people who use it, then view Anita Borg Institute currently opened positions for Program Manager, Communication Design Specialist, Creative Leader, Senior Director of the Grace Hopper Celebration and more.
Posted on 30 Aug 2016
Society of Women Engineers Announces 2016 SWE Awards
The Society of Women Engineers announced the recipients of its annual awards program. SWE awards acknowledge achievers and leaders within various fields of engineering. The annual initiative aims to recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession through contributions to industry, education and the community. Award recipients will be recognized at WE16, the world's largest conference for women engineers, Oct. 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Penn.
Posted on 21 Aug 2016
SWE Offers Free Webinars to Inspire STEM Outreach
SWE is offering two webinars to inspire outreach encouraging others to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Posted on 21 Aug 2016
There's a Huge Gender Gap Among Inventors
Just 8% of primary patent-holders are women. Where are all the female inventors? According to a new analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, women held fewer than one in five patents in 2010. And the numbers are even worse when it comes to women as primary inventors.
Posted on 21 Aug 2016
Megan Lee is promoting women scientists in a creative way
Artist Megan Lee has no science background. However, after watching a documentary about Nikola Tesla in 2010, who is well known for his work in electricity, and more specifically his alternating current (AC) idea, she became curious about this ''rock star of science'', and decided to make a simple and quick design to put on her wall inspired by his scientific career and contributions.
Posted on 21 Aug 2016
Talent Matters: In the push for STEM, women don't have to get left behind
Careers in science, technology, engineering and math are often lauded as the way of the future, but in one way they feel stuck in the past: gender diversity. In the U.S. alone, where gender diversity is more advanced than in many countries, women make up 46 percent of the civilian labor force but only 26 percent of STEM occupations. New graduates entering the workforce will not close this gender gap. Only about 18 percent of women take STEM courses at the university level and women make up just 31 percent of the total STEM graduate population. Women also show far greater likelihood than men of moving to non-STEM careers later. CEB's projections show that these metrics are unlikely to change in the near future as only half the number of women as men will join STEM jobs from the graduate population over the next 15 years.
Posted on 21 Aug 2016

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