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Op-Ed: Silicon Valley’s huge diversity problem holds tech back
“After working at 12 startups, and witnessing a lack of diversity at every one, I founded Girls in Tech with a singular mission: to end the gender gap in tech by institutionalizing the same networking opportunities that helped me.” said Adriana Gascoigne. Here’s why diversity matters, now more than ever: A lack of diversity hurts products and services as well as company culture and performance, Diverse companies are better able to adapt and thrive as consumer populations change. Companies close to gender parity for top-ranking positions earn up to 50% higher profits than companies with fewer female executives. Tech has to do better by making real changes, specifically at the top. Read Adriana Gascoigne's op-ed to learn how simple changes can make a world of difference for women and underrepresented minorities in tech.
Posted on 13 Mar 2022
Neuroscience saved my life and gave me a vocation
Christin Godale campaigns for bigger research budgets and better care for people with epilepsy. Christin Godale has lived with epilepsy since being diagnosed around the age of two. She credits neuroscience with saving her life and giving her a vocation; in 2016, she started a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Godale advocates for neuroscience funding, as both a patient and a scientist.
Posted on 01 Mar 2022
Dr. Marguerite Thomas Williams was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in geology
Dr. Marguerite Thomas Williams was the first African-American to earn a PhD in geology. She enrolled in the Miner Teachers College and earned a certification and a scholarship to Howard University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in science, then pursued a master’s degree in geology at Columbia University. She completed her doctorate at the Catholic University of America after successfully defending her dissertation on the contribution of deforestation and agriculture on the erosion of the Anacostia drainage system located in Maryland. She became a full-time professor at Miner Teachers College and taught evening classes at Howard, dedicating her life to education and making geology a more inclusive field.
Posted on 01 Mar 2022
Extraordinary Women in STEM Inspire Others through Success
Meet two amazing women from the Air Force Research Laboratory, who lead the discovery, development and delivery of warfighting technologies for the United States Air Force and Space Force. Through careers in STEM, women from across AFRL pursue a broad range of research and development efforts, work that ultimately provides Airmen and Guardians with new and innovative technologies that help keep the fight unfair. Read their stories and learn more about AFRL’s work with spacecraft thrusters, chemical propellants and noninvasive brain stimulation.
Posted on 01 Mar 2022
AWIS Celebrates Pioneering Women in Science: Dr. Jane Cook Wright, PhD
Dr. Wright was the first African American woman to become an associate dean of a Medical Institution (1967) which was the highest ranking African American woman at a U.S. medical school at the time. She earned her medical degree in just three years from New York Medical College. After completing her residency, she worked at the Cancer Research Foundation at Harlem Hospital – leading the foundation from 1952-55. She joined New York University as an associate professor of surgical research and director of Cancer Chemotherapy Research at NYU Medical Center. Wright was appointed to the President’s Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke in 1964. She became the first female president of the New York Cancer Society and was a founding member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The organization she helped found is now one of the largest in the world and helps thousands of citizens.
Posted on 13 Feb 2022
Impact Through Biology, Entrepreneurship And Podcasting: The Journey Of A Multipotentialite
In a country like South Africa where it was against the law for people who look like her to study STEM fields, the result has been a deficit in diversity: the face of STEM fields is old, white and male. Additionally, STEM subjects and careers have gained popularity for their level of difficulty. These amongst other factors have led to STEM fields being inaccessible to especially marginalised groups such as women and indigenous African people. In turn, this technological era that is an exponentially growing contributor of problem-solving and, ultimately, economic growth, is one these marginalised folks are finding difficult to participate in and influence. As a third generation graduate with a mom that has a master’s in education, education was normalised in her household. The women in her life have often gone beyond their call of duty: her grandmother home-schooled children that couldn’t access school, retiring early to establish an organisation for adult-based education and training that assisted senior citizens in acquiring educational and vocational skills. In hindsight, now she realises that her need to learn and make an impact originates from that early exposure. Having had the privilege to study and work within STEM at a young age, she knew that her mission would be to ensure that many who looked like her had the opportunities she had.
Posted on 13 Feb 2022
AWIS Member Spotlight: Line Stigen Raquet
Line Stigen Raquet is a business executive in the life science and medical devices industries. What's the best advice she's ever received? “Instead of always trying to fit in, try to find an environment that fits you, where your values, mindset, and skills are congruent with the company, team, or mission.”
Posted on 13 Feb 2022
NCWIT News on the Radar: 1/26/22
Here is a brief round-up of information and news that crossed NCWIT’s radar recently and which we think will be of interest to you. The practices or content of the news gathered (while not endorsed or vetted by NCWIT) is meant to spark new conversations and ideas surrounding the current diversity statistics and trends in the tech workforce.
Posted on 27 Jan 2022
Machine Learning Democratized: Of The People, For The People, By The Machine
Progress in bringing more women and underrepresented communities into the field of Machine Learning will only be achieved if everyone works together to close the diversity gap." - Adriana Gascoigne
Learn more about the democratization of AI and how Amazon Web Services is making the industry more inclusive.
Posted on 16 Jan 2022
When People Assume You’re Not In Charge Because You’re a Woman
Role incredulity is a form of gender bias where women are mistakenly assumed to be in a support or stereotypically female role - an administrative assistant, nurse, wife, or girlfriend, for instance - rather than a leadership or stereotypically male role, such as CEO, professor, lawyer, doctor, or engineer. While this slight or mistake might seem innocuous, it can have real ramifications for women. Women must expend extra energy and time to assert and prove their role. Their words may lack the credibility and authority inherent in their position. And when women are not seen as a leader, they may be less likely to be hired into male-dominated roles or to be considered for promotions. While the real issue of role incredulity is systemic, there are steps organizational leaders, workplace allies, and women themselves can take to prevent and correct it., including setting organizational norms, being an ally, owning your mistakes, and, if you’re a woman, proactively identifying your role.
Posted on 16 Jan 2022

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