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'Brogrammer' Attitude May Hinder Technology Diversity
Forty-five percent of female technology workers say they have witnessed exclusionary behavior in the workplace, according to a new study of more than 1,000 tech workers by Austin, Texas-based tech job board Indeed. Experts cite the ''brogrammer'' culture that sometimes crops up in the tech industry, where the nerdy computer-programmer stereotype is shunned and is replaced by a jet set, skirt-chasing, bottle-popping, frat house attitude. Often, this brogrammer clique consists solely of white men. This type of office culture, experts say, encourages exclusivity along racial and gender lines in what is already a white-male-dominated industry. Indeed's study of U.S. employees, conducted by London-based survey consultancy Censuswide, also showed that 64 percent of nonwhite tech workers say they felt uncomfortable at work, compared to just 24 percent of workers who identify as white. Twenty-nine percent of women who responded to the study said they had been discriminated against versus 21 percent of men. About 32 percent of Asian and other nonwhite tech workers said they had experienced discrimination, compared with 22 percent of white employees. Details about the nature of the discrimination were not provided in the study.
Posted on 20 Feb 2017
Silicon Valley's gender gap is the result of computer-game marketing 20 years ago
It's no secret that there is a pronounced gender gap in technology fields. In 2014, 70% of the employees at the top tech companies in Silicon Valley, such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, were male. In technical roles, this phenomenon is even more pronounced; for example, only 10% of the technical workforce at Twitter is female. But things haven't always been this way. The numbers of enrollments among men and women in computer science were on their way toward parity in the 1970s and early 1980s. In 1984, 37% of computer science graduates were women, but those numbers began to drop dramatically in the middle of the decade. By 2016, that number had been whittled down to 18%. This dip in the 1980s has created a chasm that the past 30 years hasn't been able to overcome - and the dude-centric computer marketing campaigns of that time may be to blame.
Posted on 20 Feb 2017
Canadian government removes kitten from webpage promoting girls in science and technology
A day after the National Post reported about the controversy over a government of Canada website to promote girls in science, the page has been drastically altered and no longer specifically mentions girls or uses images of kittens or fashion as promotional gimmicks. The original campaign (which was at this link) used selfies, kittens and fashion to entice young girls to pursue jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM fields. Science Minister Kirsty Duncan launched the effort, called Choose Science, on Feb. 11 to mark the International Day for Women and Girls in Science. In addition to social media, the campaign includes a slick website, with resources for parents, teachers and girls to help address the persistent gap of women in those fields.
Posted on 20 Feb 2017
The Linux Foundation and the National Center for Women & Information Technology Release Inclusive Speaker Orientation Course for Events
The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has announced the availability of a free LFC101 - Inclusive Speaker Orientation course to help prepare event presenters and public speakers with background knowledge and practical skills to promote inclusivity in their presentations, messaging, and other communications. Development of the course was first announced in November. The course, offered in three 20-minute, self-paced modules, presents content in a simple and practical way applied to the specialized needs of presenters. Topics covered include crafting presentation messages, scripting discussions, presenting media and subconscious communications. The course is based on NCWIT's ''Unconscious Bias'' messaging, which encompasses the ideas of ''Realize, Recognize, and Respond.'' The Inclusive Speaker Orientation Course is available for free online.
Posted on 20 Feb 2017
The lack of women in tech is getting worse
There has been a lot of talk about how to get women into tech, particularly on company boards and into leadership positions. Yet despite the scrutiny, the number of boards with no women increased in 2017, according to Silicon Valley Bank's 2017 "Startup Outlook" report. More than 70% of the 941 startups surveyed did not have a single female board member in 2017, up from 66% the year before.
Posted on 20 Feb 2017
Let it ripple - 50/50
Join the movement on May 10th for 50/50 Day where thousands of companies, schools, organizations, and homes around the globe - women, men, all genders, all ages - will screen the short film 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power; engage with free discussion materials that bring to life important research and join a 24-hour global LiveCast Q&A featuring prominent leaders discussing the intersection of gender and economics, health care, environment, politics, race and so much more.
Posted on 13 Feb 2017
Snap says ''diversity is about more than numbers''
Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat and Spectacles, included in its filing to go public a brief tidbit on diversity. Unlike tech companies like Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook and several others, Snap has not released a diversity report. At the end of 2016, Snap employed 1,859 employees, but Snap won't say how diverse it is. ''That's because we believe diversity is about more than numbers,'' it reads. Snap says that it is focused on developing a team of people with diverse backgrounds, as well as creating an inclusive culture for them. For Snap, the company says it's about having a culture ''where everyone comes to work knowing that they have a seat at the table and will always be supported both personally and professionally.''
Posted on 13 Feb 2017
Apple shareholder proposal seeks more diversity at top
Apple shareholders will be asked to vote on a proposal to increase the diversity of executives and board members at the company's annual meeting this month. ''Shareholders are concerned that low levels of diversity at the company's senior management and board level, as well as painstakingly slow improvements, are a business risk,'' according to the proposal from Zevin Asset Management and individual investor Tony Maldonado, which cites USA TODAY analysis.
Posted on 13 Feb 2017
Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering report released
The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) announced the release of the 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (WMPD) report, the federal government's most comprehensive look at the participation of these three demographic groups in science and engineering education and employment. The report shows the degree to which women, people with disabilities and minorities from three racial and ethnic groups - black, Hispanic and American Indian or Alaska Native-are underrepresented in science and engineering (S&E). Women have reached parity with men in educational attainment but not in S&E employment. Underrepresented minorities account for disproportionately smaller percentages in both S&E education and employment.
Posted on 13 Feb 2017
Are women scientists overlooked by journals as peer reviewers?
Fewer than a quarter of all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) jobs in the US are held by women. To figure out what exactly is going on and how to remedy the disparity, researchers have been hunting for all the places in STEM fields where gender biases, both explicit and implicit, are prevalent. These biases have been found in hiring decisions, grants awarded, award nominations, and more. One such disparity shows up in a more subtle, but still influential, place, according to new research published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Cross analysis of membership and authorship data from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the organization's journals reveals a gender disparity among peer reviewers. And identifying this gap and understanding where it's coming from could help guide the AGU, and science generally, toward greater gender parity.
Posted on 30 Jan 2017

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