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How promoting STEM fields to women can backfire
Among the causes of the persistent gender pay gap in the United States, choice of college majors stands tall. Graduates in fields that tend to attract more women than men, such as art history, French, and psychology, earn 20 percent less per year on average than those who studied subjects such as economics and physics, which attract more men than women. Educators, governments, and nonprofits have put considerable energy recently into pushing women toward the traditionally male, and higher-paying, fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). From T-shirts reading ''Future Biologist'' and ''STEM girls rock'' to federal lawmakers whose Inspire Act requires NASA to encourage women in aerospace-related careers, the message is clear: the US wants its daughters in STEM.
Posted on 09 Nov 2017
How The Founder Of GoldieBlox Is Creating The Next Generation Of Women In STEM
Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO of female-geared toy company GoldieBlox, is inspiring the next generation of women in STEM as both an engineer and an entrepreneur.
Posted on 21 Oct 2017
Sheryl Sandberg shares 3 ways men can empower women at work
Sheryl Sandberg has been one of the loudest voices fighting for gender equality in the workplace. And yet, she says, women still face challenges in even the smallest workplace exchanges. In an interview with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman for his podcast ''Masters of Scale,'' Sandberg discusses why some women still fear appearing too ambitious at work.
Posted on 21 Oct 2017
Learn how an 8th-grader in Pennsylvania is bringing coding education to her community
13 years old Uma found her passion in teaching Intro to Coding classes to girls aged 5 to 8.
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
The state of women in computer science: An investigative report
Top colleges boast about reaching gender parity in 'intro to computer science' courses. But very few of those women go on to graduate with a CS degree. Here's why.
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
Women of Eniac Part 2: WITI Hall of Fame 1997 Induction Video - Women In Technology International
The first programmers started out as "Computers." This was the name given by the Army to a group of over 80 women working at the University of Pennsylvania during World War II calculating ballistics trajectories - complex differential equations - by hand. When the Army agreed to fund an experimental project, the first all-electronic digital computer, six ''Computers'' were selected in 1945 to be its first programmers. They were Kathleen McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, Jean Jennings Bartik, Frances Snyder Holberton, Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer, Frances Bilas Spence and Ruth Lichterman Teitelbaum. The ENIAC was the first all-electronic digital computer, a machine of approximately 18,000 vacuum tubes and forty black 8-foot panels. Because the ENIAC project was classified, the programmers were denied access to the machine they were supposed to tame into usefulness until they received their security clearances. As the first programmers, they had no programming manuals or courses, only the logical diagrams to help them figure out how to make the ENIAC work.
Posted on 16 Sep 2017
A Research-Based Approach To Diversity And Inclusion
Unfortunately, when it comes to increasing diverse participation in tech, good intentions are never enough. Frequently, in our work with tech companies, we encounter many folks who are frustrated and wonder why things, to date, have changed so little. We have found that one of the first steps to easing this frustration and improving effectiveness of change efforts is to help folks distinguish between research-based approaches versus well-meaning but misguided approaches that are not based on research. I thought it might be useful to share a few quick points to help change-leaders separate the research-based wheat from the misguided chaff when it comes to creating inclusive cultures. In short, research-based approaches are not about fixing people, are not only about the ''pipeline,'' and are not ''women's issues'' or issues for underrepresented groups to resolve in isolation.
Posted on 16 Sep 2017
Science Doesn't Explain Tech's Diversity Problem - History Does
In 2017, the idea that biological differences drive social inequality is considered fairly offensive. For the incurious, the taboo around this argument makes it exciting. But unlike people, not all ideas are created equally, and they should not be treated with the same amount of seriousness - especially when those ideas ignore both a broad scientific debate that's gone on for years and clear evidence that women in tech are excluded more than in other industries. The idea that women or people of color lack the innate qualities that white men possess to succeed in high-status, elite professions is decades old. And the shape of the argument always looks the same, saying that current social conditions are somehow biologically natural, and that attempts to remedy inequalities are suspect. It is a tired stance in an endless debate, and it says far more about our feelings than it does about science.
Posted on 22 Aug 2017
What the Google Controversy Misses: The Business Case for Diversity
The memo written by a Google employee that went viral earlier this month hit a raw nerve. The tech industry is already beset by accusations of widespread sexism and discrimination, and suddenly here was someone arguing that genetic differences rather than bias alone might explain why there are more men than women in tech jobs.
Posted on 22 Aug 2017
Using biology to justify the gender gap in tech is wrong - and not just because the science is bad
There are a lot of controversial statements in the leaked diversity memo written by Google engineer James Damore - most notably, his theory that the gender gap in tech could be attributed to biological differences between men and women. 'The distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,'' writes Damore, who has since been fired by Google for perpetuating gender stereotypes. He argues that women, on average, have ''openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas,'' and ''have a stronger interest in people rather than things, relative to men.'' He also argues that women are more prone to neuroticism than men, and less assertive and competitive ''across human cultures.'' In his view, biology, not discrimination or sexism, is to blame for the dearth of women at Google and in the tech industry at large.
Posted on 13 Aug 2017

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