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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
What Silicon Valley doesn't understand about men harassing women
To paraphrase Uber SVP Frances Frei: As more and more people speak out about harassment in tech, the industry has a chance to capitalize on that openness. Whether it has the willpower to follow through remains an open question. On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, diversity advocate Erica Baker and ProDay CEO Sarah Kunst explained how we got to this point of culture crisis and why the responses of Silicon Valley leaders have often felt lacking.
Posted on 13 Aug 2017
Everything You Believe Is Wrong: There Is No Such Thing As A Male Or Female Brain
Link to the article discussing the differences about male and female brain. Forget all those glowing brain scans, here's the real science behind the differences between men and women.
Posted on 30 Jul 2017
A fashion designer makes science-inspired dresses to support women in STEM
Fashion for lovers of all things in science and tech.
Posted on 17 Jul 2017
Elle's 2017 Women In Tech: Star Tech Voyagers
Meet the founders, execs, engineers, and VCs shaking up the world's most powerful industry. This article originally appears in the August 2017 issue of ELLE. In the fourth annual Women in Tech power list, Elle celebrates the founders, execs, engineers, and VCs shaking up the world's most powerful industry-and challenging what you do with everything from your microbiome to your extra bedroom.
Posted on 17 Jul 2017
Q&A: Mae Jemison, first woman of color in space, talks STEM gaps and science fiction
In September, Dr. Mae Jemison will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her journey into space in 1992 - a trip she envisioned since her childhood. The voyage marked the first time an African-American woman left the earth's atmosphere. Jemison was in Seattle on Tuesday to speak at a conference. In light of her science literacy and education work - she created an international space camp for teens shortly after leaving NASA in 1994, and advocates for Bayer's Making Science Make Sense program - we asked her to talk about her passion for expanding opportunities in STEM for women and people of color. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Posted on 23 Jun 2017
Why Women Don't See Themselves as Entrepreneurs
For many Americans, starting their own business is the manifestation of the American dream: Take a risk, work hard, get rich. So why don't more women do it? Women, despite being about half the labor force, own 36 percent of companies in the United States. Those who do own companies are half as likely as male founders to employ anyone other than themselves, and they generally earn less in revenue, according to census data analyzed in a new report by Third Way, a think tank. In technology, fewer than 10 percent of start-ups are owned by women, according to another new paper, by researchers at Harvard.
Posted on 23 Jun 2017
Women Engineers On the Rampant Sexism of Silicon Valley
A link to the video where five female engineers discuss the sexism of the tech industry and why greater diversity and inclusion makes better products for everyone.
Posted on 23 Jun 2017

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