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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
Sensation in the history of programming! Why didn't the world know about it!
Ekaterina Yushchenko (Rvacheva) was born on December 8, 1919 - a century later then Lady Lovelace (Ada Augusta Byron). The beginning of her creative activity coincided with the years of revival and realization of Charles Babbage' brilliant idea. There were some moments in her life, similar to the fate of the outstanding English lady, but mostly her fate was typical to soviet people. As well as lady Lovelace she was lucky to write first programs for the first (in the continental Europe) computer, created 100 years later after Babbage's project, at the National Academy of Science of Ukraine under the guidance of other genius - Sergey Lebedev. Those programs were very similar to programs composed by lady Lovelace. At last, both women are remarkable by the fact that they devoted all their life to their favorite occupation - digital computing machines and software for them. But here similarities of their fates come to an end. Ekaterina Yushchenko was a corresponding member of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, an honored scientist, a prize-winner of the USSR Council Ministers' awards, V.M.Glushkov's prize winner, she twice won the State Ukrainian award.
Posted on 28 Dec 2021
“Promoting Equity In Computer Science Education” With Lien Diaz I Video Playback
Did you miss our Conversation for Change with Lien Diaz? The Constellations Center for Equity in Computing founder talked with NCWIT about the work she’s doing to increase equity in K-12 computing education, why she’s so passionate about this issue, and what challenges still need to be addressed. Watch the full replay and learn about Lien’s journey and the lessons that have led to her work on challenging the status quo and broadening participation in computer science education, including her work with the Constellation Center which she founded in order to advance equitable computer science education through a comprehensive approach.
Posted on 28 Dec 2021
Cicely Tyson, actress who gave electrifying portrayals of resilient Black women
Cicely Tyson, the pioneering actress famous for her stunning portrayals of both real and fictional African American women, was one of the Mighty Girl role models who died in 2021. Tyson strove to bring a sense of nobility and strength to the characters she played in film and on television, and rejected roles that she felt were demeaning. Known for "embodying women of great poise striving under great pressure," her performances included depictions of abolitionist Harriet Tubman and civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, as well as the fictional Jane Pittman from her acclaimed film "The Autobiography of Jane Pittman" and the mother of Kunta Kinte in "Roots." Born in New York City in 1924, Tyson grew up in deep poverty and faced disapproval from her deeply religious mother over her career in entertainment, which she considered 'sinful.' She began working as a model for Ebony magazine in the 1950s and then worked on stage and in guest-starring roles on television until her breakout starring role in 1972's "Sounder," for which she received an Academy Award nomination. She followed that up with "The Autobiography of Jane Pittman" in 1974, which was viewed by over 40 million people -- almost half of the television audience of the time. For her lifetime of accomplishments, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. Reflecting on her long career, Tyson, who passed away in January at the age of 96, once observed: “It amuses me when people say, ‘Oh, my God, you’ve done so much.’ But it isn’t that I’ve done so much. It’s that what I have done has made a real impact, and I’d rather have it that way.”
Posted on 28 Dec 2021
When Tech Doesn’t Age Well
The latest issue of re:think, the thought leadership magazine from NCWIT, brings together researchers and tech professionals with a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives to explore the topic of age in the tech industry. In this article, NCWIT Social Science Program Manager Timothy Faiella discusses several ways ageism can impact both tech professionals and the companies they work for.
Posted on 29 Nov 2021
We asked thousands of women what’s holding them back. Here’s what they had to say
It will take the next 136 years to achieve women’s equality worldwide, according to a recent report by the World Economic Forum. That’s roughly four generations. Imagine a world in which our great great great grandchildren still don’t know what it’s like to see women treated equally in society, business, or in the eyes of the law. Now, let that sink in. As leaders in our organizations, we’ve witnessed the many complex challenges that women face in the workplace, and that has motivated us to champion Gender Equality and UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 in our spheres of influence. In this consequential moment, when “business as usual” will undoubtedly limit the full potential of far too many women and girls, we share a common conviction that we, meaning employers of all shapes and sizes, must do more to change the course of history. The data is clear. When women have full access to dignified work on equal terms, it’s good for society and it’s good for business. But too often, women struggle with bias, discrimination, harassment, violence, and long or irregular hours, a particular burden for those that have a "second shift" at home caring for their families. Ultimately, the gains we’ve made over the last decades are fragile, and too many women today still aren’t heard, valued, or given the equal opportunity to thrive.
Posted on 13 Nov 2021

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