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Computer Classes Are Diversifying! Now, About Those Jobs...
High-school girls are taking more Advanced Placement computer engineering exams than ever before, according to a new report from and the College Board. In 2017, largely thanks to a new test aimed at expanding the reach of engineering classes, female participation in these AP tests increased at a faster rate than young boys' participation on the exam in 2017. For women hoping to have careers in computer engineering, this kind of early training can make all the difference. The field of computer science is growing so fast it outpaces all other occupations in the US. It's great work if you can get it. In fact, 70 percent of students who take this AP exam say they want to work in computer science. Trouble is, it's mostly white or Asian men who land these high-paying jobs.
Posted on 30 Jul 2017
Tesla just welcomed this CEO to its board. Here's why it's a big deal for Silicon Valley
Tesla has bucked its trend of appointing mostly men to its board of directors. And the move could mark a new direction for other Silicon Valley companies as they make their leadership teams more diverse. Tesla welcomed Ebony Media CEO Linda Johnson Rice, the second woman out of a group of nine board members and the first African-American to hold that role, according to Fortune.
Posted on 30 Jul 2017
How NCWIT is Changing the Face of Computing: Advocating for Women and Minorities While Giving Employers Tools to Recruit and Retain Them
A nonprofit community of nearly 900 universities, businesses, and organizations nationwide, the National Center for Women and Information Technology, or NCWIT, takes a three-pronged approach to increasing women's participation in the computing industry. By connecting change leaders, providing free resources, and developing programs for reaching underrepresented groups, NCWIT inspires change at a national scale. The organization helps raise awareness and implement change by distributing research-based information on how to attract, develop, and promote women and minorities in technology.
Posted on 30 Jul 2017
Mystique of Engineering Needs to be Removed
The 'mystique' of engineering needs to be removed by getting women engineers and more young male engineers to engage in schools more frequently, according to Anne Taylor, Deloitte LLP vice chairman and managing partner. ''Young girls need to meet engineers, hear about their jobs and lives on more than a single career day,'' Taylor told Rigzone. The Deloitte partner believes that more needs to be done to help girls understand the types of careers available to them and how an engineering degree can help them give back to society, as well as have a challenging and profitable career.
Posted on 17 Jul 2017
The First Woman to Win Math's Highest Award Dies at 40
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and only woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal, called the Nobel Prize of math, died on Saturday. Mirzakhani was a professor at Stanford University, which made the announcement, saying she had breast cancer that spread to her bones. She was 40. Mirzakhani won the distinguished award, given every four years, in 2014 for her work on geometry and dynamical systems. Much of her work was highly theoretical, and Stanford's statement said it could read like ''a foreign language'' to those outside the field-''moduli spaces, Teichmuller theory, hyperbolic geometry, Ergodic theory and symplectic geometry.'' In practice, her body of work may change theoretical physicists' understanding of how the universe was formed, as well as quantum field theory. Her Fields Medal marked not only the first time a woman won since the award since its inception in 1936, but also the first time an Iranian had won.
Posted on 17 Jul 2017
For Minority Female Astronomers, a New Research Effort Backs Up Anecdotes of Harassment
Women working in astronomy and planetary sciences have long spoken up about workplace harassment; a new paper now has data to back up those anecdotes. Published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets,the paper, ''Double Jeopardy in Astronomy and Planetary Science: Women of Color Face Greater Risks of Gendered and Racial Harassment,'' surveyed 474 astronomers and planetary scientists about their workplace experiences from 2011 to 2015. A standout statistic: Forty percent of women of color who responded said they felt unsafe at work because of their gender or sex, while 28 percent said they had felt unsafe because of their race. Among all the scientists surveyed, women from minority racial and ethnic groups reported the highest rates of harassment, assault, and negative experiences. Although there is no one factor that explains why so many women responded that they have been harassed, two of the paper's co-authors said that some of the problems may stem from aspects specific to the field of astronomy.
Posted on 17 Jul 2017
Ashton Kutcher Illustrates Perfectly Why There's Gender Bias In Tech
Ashton Kutcher certainly means well, but his recent attempt to talk about gender equality at work didn't go quite as the 39-year-old actor and investor likely hoped. Kutcher, who's made a name for himself in the elite, male-dominated world of venture capital investing, announced Thursday on LinkedIn that he and his partner at the VC firm he founded, Sound Ventures, plan to host an ''open dialogue'' on gender equality in the workplace and the tech industry. So far, so good. Unfortunately, Kutcher then added a list of questions that inadvertently illustrate why it's so difficult to achieve gender equality in the workplace.
Posted on 17 Jul 2017
Register for SWE's eXXec Program, August 14 - 17 2017, Vancouver
eXXec is designed for senior-level professional women (15-20 years) who want customized learning solutions to improve their knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to deliver expected high-performance strategies. To obtain the most out of the program, participants are encouraged to engage with the learning process (multiple pre- and post-learning activities) around unique challenges they are facing in order to identify possible solutions for leading self, people, change, and strategies.
Posted on 08 Jul 2017
Does Diversity Actually Increase Creativity?
Setting aside social, political, and moral reasons for encouraging a more diverse workplace, there is arguably no better incentive for promoting diversity than the premise that diverse teams and organizations are more creative. But is there actually any evidence in support of this idea? And if there is, do the potential gains in creativity produced by diversity come at the expense of interpersonal harmony and team cohesion? Here are seven findings from science.
Posted on 08 Jul 2017
Google's 2017 Diversity Report Shows Progress Hiring Women, Little Change For Minority Workers
Google released its new diversity report today, for the fourth year in a row. The tech giant, whose parent company Alphabet lands at 27 on this year's Fortune 500 list, has voluntarily released demographic data about its workforce each year since 2014 as part of its efforts to create a more inclusive culture - a process that employees say has been ''slow but real.'' The company also announced that Danielle Brown will become Google's new vice president of diversity. Brown previously worked as the chief diversity and inclusion officer at Intel. She left the company very recently, but hadn't yet announced that she'd be joining Google.
Posted on 08 Jul 2017

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