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White men dominate Silicon Valley not by accident, but by design
''Women in tech'' was a common phrase at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival this year. But there's reason to think that focusing on women as an anomaly in the community might hurt more than it helps. After SXSW cancelled two panels about gender in the gaming community last fall, provoking an uproar, the Interactive conference attempted to atone with an Online Harassment Summit on Mar. 12. But the discussions turned out to be ''just one more place for men to ignore women,'' as The Verge reported. The poorly-attended panels were held across the river from the center of SXSW action-a geographical siloing that serves as an apt metaphor for the problem with the ways we talk about women in tech. Thankfully, one panel sought to reframe the conversation by focusing on the long history of women in computer science. Documentarian Robin Hauser Reynolds, who directed and produced the new documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, appeared on a panel at the Capital One House at SXSW along with Nathan Ensmenger, an associate professor at Indiana University's School of Informatics and Computing. Together they discussed the social and cultural history of computing-with a special emphasis on the fact that the field is dominated by white men not by accident, but by design.
Posted on 21 Mar 2016
This Is What It's Like to Be an Older Woman Entrepreneur In Silicon Valley
Anita Brearton and Sheryl Schultz have advice for other post-50 female entrepreneurs: Don't give up, no matter how many ridiculous, insulting things are said to you by the mostly male venture capitalists you will inevitably encounter. The two businesswomen, both entrepreneurs and both in their late 50s, should know. For the past year, as they looked for investors for their latest venture, Brearton and Schultz heard all kinds of unhelpful suggestions.
Posted on 21 Mar 2016
Women in Chemistry - Where We Are Today
Link to Dr. Claire D'Andola's article discussing what is the current status of gender parity in the sciences? And why is it important to discuss it? Herein, we wish to contribute towards a constructive discussion of the issues surrounding gender disparity in science as well as providing practical information about the facts of the issues involved and details of organizations and programs that provide support for women who wish to pursue a scientific career.
Posted on 15 Mar 2016
These Are The Best Cities For Women In Tech
Analyzing census job and wage data, a new report ranks cities with the best environment for women in tech positions.
Posted on 01 Mar 2016
How the Silicon Prairie can avoid Silicon Valley's diversity issues
When Google and Intel first released their employment statistics in 2014, the topic of diversity was nowhere as elevated as it is today in corporate circles. Silicon Valley and its many companies from large tech giants down to startups are under the diversity and inclusion microscope. Why all of the emphasis on diversityDemographically our country is changing with the rise of the ''New Majority'' - all the people who are considered to be minorities. 43 percent of millennials and 50 percent of newborns are non-white, according to a study by Pew Research Center. The U.S. has always been a nation in flux, but between now and 2060, rarely will we experience another shift in culture that will literally change the face of the country. Soon, diversity will no longer be an option. It will be a fact of life. Smart business leaders will understand this importance not only because of who their future customers or clients may be, but more so who is going to make up their future workforce. Silicon Valley is starting to recognize the significance of this matter, but it's struggling with how to solve diversity problems.
Posted on 21 Feb 2016
6 Major Barriers Impeding Technology Adoption in Education
Experts identify the most substantial tech-related obstacles to education, ranging from the solvable to the downright wickedly difficult. Weak digital literacy skills among students and faculty are hampering the effective use of technology in schools. But according to a panel of experts, this problem, as prevalent and pernicious as it may be, is within our power to solve. Some of the other obstacles identified by the panel ... not so much. The panel of experts, led by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative, identified six impediments that are hampering education and the adoption of technology in education in significant ways. The findings were published in a report released in February, the NMC Horizon Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition.
Posted on 21 Feb 2016
Why schools need to introduce computing in all subjects
There is widespread agreement that computing should play a more prominent role throughout our education system. For this reason, there have been more concerted efforts to increase computing classes in the K-12 grade levels. The STEM Education Act of 2015 was recently passed into law, expanding the definition of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to include computer science and encouraging more STEM education efforts.
Posted on 11 Feb 2016
100 Inspiring Women in STEM Awards
The INSIGHT Into Diversity 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award honors women who work to make a difference in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). While women who work in these fields enjoy significant opportunities to engage in new discoveries and innovations, they are rarely recognized for their hard work and dedication. 2015 Inspiring Women in STEM Award recipients are listed here.
Posted on 19 Jan 2016
There's one big problem that's causing the US to fall behind in math and science
Countless politicians and thought leaders say the US has to regain its prominence in science if we are going to maintain our role as a flourishing, leading superpower. If you want to figure out why the US is lagging behind the rest of the world in math and science, looking at the pipeline pouring into these fields is a good place to start. Of the 40 most advanced countries, the US is No. 38 when it comes to graduating science majors. This ranking comes from the 2015 Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Posted on 07 Jan 2016
Analyzing The Subtle Bias In Tech Companies' Recruiting Emails
A year after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella backpedaled from a gaffe at a women's tech conference and announced a major employee diversity push, Microsoft reported in November that roles for women in its tech positions had actually gone down. At the same time, roles for African Americans and Latinos had barely budged, with them holding just over 6% of tech jobs at the company. Results for other major technology firms, despite their public pledges, aren't much better. Which can lead to the question: Is all this talk of diversity just empty words?
Posted on 15 Dec 2015

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