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Men and Women Biased About Studies of STEM Gender Bias - In Opposite Directions
In 2012, an experiment on gender bias shook the scientific community by showing that science faculty favor male college graduates over equally qualified women applying for lab manager positions. Though the study was rigorous, many didn't believe it. 'This report is JUNK science. There is no data here,' said one online commenter. Others justified the bias saying, 'In every competitive situation, with a few exceptions, the women I worked with were NOT competent.' Now, a study published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) provides crucial clues about why some people were critical of the original finding - and other studies that have followed. The new study's authors reasoned that men especially might devalue the evidence because it threatens the legitimacy of their status in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Men might also be critical because of prior beliefs that gender bias is not a problem in STEM.
Posted on 22 Oct 2015
More Companies Say Targets Are the Key to Diversity
Some businesses believe that voicing support isn't enough. They also have to set discrete goals. When bonus time rolls around at Johnson & Johnson, top managers are evaluated on revenue, profits and other metrics. This year, their payout will be partly determined by a new set of numbers: diversity metrics, including how many women they hired in the past year. Realizing that simply voicing support for diversity initiatives won't lead to meaningful change, big companies are setting discrete goals for hiring and retaining women. These include mandating that diverse candidates are interviewed for jobs, and ensuring that new hires get interviewed or vetted by someone other than white men.
Posted on 04 Oct 2015
What's Holding Women Back in the Workplace?
Despite support at the top, gender equality is a long way off at most U.S. companies. A study by Lean In and McKinsey reveals why - and what employees and companies can do about it. A new LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. study on Women in the Workplace finds that corporate diversity initiatives aren't helping women break the glass ceiling. WSJ's Shelby Holliday takes a closer look at the reasons why and other key takeaways from the data.
Posted on 04 Oct 2015
Tech Companies Try to Make More Room for Women
Slack Technologies is one of several companies pushing to change the industry's mind-set - When Anne Toth, an early employee at Yahoo Inc. in the late 1990s, asked what the company's parental-leave policy was, human resources didn't know, Ms. Toth says. No one had ever come back to work at the startup after having a baby, she was told.
Posted on 04 Oct 2015
What I Do: A Year of Diversity Work at Pandora
A reflection on a year of diversity work and the story behind diversity numbers at Pandora.
By Lisa Lee (Senior Diversity Manager, Pandora)
Posted on 04 Oct 2015
Why do we need multidisciplinary research in ICT?
A blog post written by Koen Bertels, head of the Computer Egineering Laboratory, Delft University of Technology about multidisciplinary research in ICT. He claims that sometimes, the starting idea may seem trivial and overly simple. However, when we explore it further and discover its complexity, we realise that we require a multi-disciplinary approach in order to fully unravel its potential. In other cases, it is immediately apparent that the complexity to find a solution transcends the boundaries of individual scientific disciplines.
Posted on 04 Oct 2015
The Obstacle Course: Women Leaders In Tech
Women leave technology at twice the rate of men and a diminishing percentage of them are able to advance to senior and executive roles. Why? This presentation discusses the barriers women face when trying to advance and what industry can we do about it.
Posted on 16 Aug 2015
Do women need a tech degree to succeed?
Silicon Valley CEO conducts a survey with about 100 female tech entrepreneurs and finds that 84 percent don't have science, technology, engineering or math degrees. Everyone from top tech executives to President Barack Obama have said that a degree in science, technology, engineering or math will help more women get jobs in Silicon Valley. But a new survey shows that's not necessarily true.
ukhinder Singh Cassidy, CEO of Joyus, a startup that creates short videos for online shopping, published the results of a survey that she conducted among roughly 100 female tech entrepreneurs. The results were published on ReCode on Wednesday and show that 84 percent of the entrepreneurs don't have so-called STEM degrees.
Posted on 19 May 2015
Career Girls
Tips for girls who want career in science and technology.
Posted on 11 May 2015
Explore Resources for Women Undergrads in Science, Engineering
The lack of women in science and engineering has long been a sore spot within the U.S. education system, and it's not getting any better. From 2004 to 2014, the share of bachelor's degrees earned by women decreased in engineering; computer sciences; Earth, atmospheric and ocean sciences; physical sciences, mathematics, biological and agricultural sciences; and social sciences and psychology, according to a recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
Posted on 27 Apr 2015

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