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Facebook: leaking info about gender bias damages our 'recruiting brand'
Facebook is disputing a former employee's analysis that female engineers have their code rejected 35% more than male engineers, telling employees internally that leaking such information damages its ''recruiting brand'' and makes it harder for the company to hire women. The original analysis, first reported by the Wall Street Journal and independently confirmed by the Guardian, was conducted by a longtime Facebook software engineer last year. The engineer studied the company's code review process, looking at the number of times code was rejected, commented upon, or updated; how long it took for code to be accepted; and demographic data about the coder, such as gender and length of employment.
Posted on 09 May 2017
Female doctors in U.S. earn much less than men in same job
Houston doctors are among the highest paid in the United States, but women physicians doing the exact same jobs make an average of $106,000 less per year than men. That translates to just 71 cents to their white-coated male colleagues' dollar - one of the biggest medical pay gaps in the nation, a national study of physician compensation found. In a city known to attract some of the brightest medical minds in the country, Houston is tied for the fourth-worst gender disparity for doctors, according to findings released Wednesday by Doximity, a San Francisco-based medical profession social media network. The group analyzed 36,000 full-time physician salaries across 48 medical specialties in 50 major metro areas. Nationally, women physicians earn on average $91,284 less than men in the same specialty, or a 27 percent lower salary. In Houston, it is $106,000, or 29 percent less.
Posted on 28 Apr 2017
Peggy Whitson logs more space hours than any other US astronaut: A history of women and NASA
APRIL 25, 2017 - Early Monday morning, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson set a new record for the longest time in space for any US astronaut, hitting a landmark 534 cumulative days in orbit. Fellow astronaut Jeff Williams set the previous record only last year. Dr. Whitson will continue to extend the new record for the duration of her stay as current commander on the International Space Station, ultimately to more than 650 cumulative days, setting a high bar for those looking to break her record.
Posted on 28 Apr 2017
Top Companies 2016 - Technology is Shaping the World
Learn how Top Companies for Women Technologists is encouraging organizations to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Posted on 28 Apr 2017
Women's tech conferences: Don't ask about work-life balance
The entrepreneurship world has a new women's conference in Vanity Fair's Founders Fair. But are these events helpful for women in the industry? When Nancy Lublin and Caterina Fake, both CEOs of tech startups, agreed to speak at Vanity Fair's Founders Fair, they made a deal. If the moderator asked them about how they balance home life and work life, they'd walk off stage. Founders Fair, which took place Thursday in Brooklyn, New York, is the latest event geared toward women in entrepreneurship. As the industry laments how few women work in the field, let alone start businesses, these types of events have become a regular occurrence. There's debate about the effectiveness of women's conferences, though. Some question what the impacts are once attendees walk out the door. Others argue there's great merit in finding inspiration and even guidance in the stories of others. Regardless, women's conferences might just be a stopgap until other conferences include a broader range of attendees and speakers.
Posted on 28 Apr 2017
In 2017, only 17% of startups have a female founder
The percentage of startups that have at least one female founder was flat in the first quarter of 2017. Crunchbase's inaugural study on female founder representation of U.S.-based companies was published in May 2015. As the discussion on the lack of women in engineering teams gathered pace, we concluded that Crunchbase was uniquely placed to address the issue of women being represented in tech when it comes to founders. As the open data set for the startup community, we added gender to Crunchbase in March 2015 to further the research on leadership, founders and gender. Two years on, and with the expansion of the study to the global ecosystem, we revisit the same questions: What percent of companies have at least one female founder? Have those numbers shifted since 2009? How do female founder teams fare when raising seed, early and late-stage venture dollars?
Posted on 28 Apr 2017
Silicon Valley's Tech Entrepreneurs Are Crafting Their Own 'Constitution' on Google Docs
Silicon Valley may be getting a kind of constitution of its own. Speaking before a crowd at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club on April 14, Sam Altman, president of startup accelerator Y Combinator, said he's spoken to hundreds of tech leaders and investors about creating a set of core values that all tech companies can get behind. There's a Google Doc where the big names in Silicon Valley, whom Altman would not reveal, have been drafting a statement that outlines the tech industry's position on a number of social, economic, and political issues. The document does not have a title or known release date.
Posted on 28 Apr 2017
Quality over Quantity: The New Challenge Facing Computer Science Education
Advanced Placement classes and exams, administered by the College Board have long been hailed as equalizers, allowing any high school student to engage in college level coursework and demonstrate content mastery if they so choose. However, the 2016 data on test performance reveals numerous disparities in test participation and performance among students from different backgrounds. HPR writers weigh in on the challenges facing education systems today, and what can be done to improve educational access and equity.
Posted on 28 Apr 2017
Study discovers hidden gender inequities in Seattle startup scene
Uber was a start up just a few years ago. In 2009, two men, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, founded what would soon become one of the largest taxi services in the world. In recent weeks, they've faced a flood of users deleting their app due to evidence of rampant sexual harassment within the organization. Though all is not lost for Uber if they make serious changes to their company, it's much easier for companies to build in good practices when they're small, before they grow.Three researchers in Seattle recently led a study to find out more about the state of gender equity in their local startup industry. Though not quite as many companies are founded in Seattle as in San Francisco, where Uber is based, it's still one of the largest startup environments in the country. Their findings can be useful for most startup communities around the world looking for solutions to increasing diversity in their communities.
Posted on 16 Apr 2017
Under challenge: Girls' confidence level, not math ability hinders path to science degrees
When it comes to mathematics, girls rate their abilities markedly lower than boys, even when there is no observable difference between the two, according to Florida State University researchers. ''The argument continues to be made that gender differences in the 'hard' sciences is all about ability,'' said Lara Perez-Felkner, assistant professor of higher education and sociology in the College of Education. ''But when we hold mathematics ability test scores constant, effectively taking it out of the equation, we see boys still rate their ability higher, and girls rate their ability lower.'' Perez-Felkner is the lead author of a study published today in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. Doctoral students Samantha Nix and Kirby Thomas are co-authors of the study. The research team found perception gaps are even wider at the upper levels of mathematics ability - among those students with the most talent and potential in these fields. Boys are significantly more confident in challenging mathematics contexts than otherwise identically talented girls. Specifically, boys rated their ability 27 percent higher than girls did.
Posted on 16 Apr 2017

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