Women in Technology

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Tech Giants’ Diversity Reports Show an Industry Not Diverse at All

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Last week, Apple became the latest tech company to issue a diversity report, following in the footsteps of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and others. In a statement accompanying the data, Apple CEO Tim Cook voiced his displeasure about his firm’s makeup, which is overwhelmingly white and male: “I’m not satisfied with the numbers… They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.” Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume.… continue…

Women in Tech Triumph in Kickstarter Funding

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Women outpace men when it comes to raising money for technology projects through crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, according to a new study by researchers at New York University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jason Greenberg (NYC) and Ethan Mollick (Wharton/UPenn) chose 1,250 Kickstarter projects in five categories: games and technology, where founders were predominantly male; film, with an even gender distribution; and fashion and children’s books, both populated with more female founders and backers. They… continue…

Apple’s Diversity Report Sparks Tim Cook Angst

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Apple has become the latest tech company to release a diversity report—as well as the latest tech company to publicly wring its hands over the lack of diversity among its employees in the United States. “As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a statement accompanying the report. “They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them. We are making progress, and we’re… continue…

Why Women in Tech Should Interrupt Men

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Your parents probably told you: Don’t interrupt. But could interrupting be exactly what women should do if they want to rise in the world of technology? Slate recently published an informal study that suggests the answer may be “yes.” Linguist and technologist Kieran Snyder got curious about the matter. So, she sat through meetings where approximately 60 percent of the attendees were men. Over 15 hours of conversations, she noted that there were 314 interruptions, translating into an interruption once… continue…

Twitter, Pinterest Release Diversity Numbers

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Twitter and Pinterest have become the latest brand-name tech companies to unveil gender and ethnic portraits of their workforce. The story they tell is pretty much the same as what we’ve seen in the previously released numbers of Facebook, Google and Yahoo. Overall, 30 percent of Twitter’s employees are women. However, the number shrinks to 10 percent when you look at the company’s tech team and 21 percent when you look at its leadership. In terms of ethnicity, 59 percent… continue…

Diversity’s Not So Hot in the Game Business, Either

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Young and hip as it may be, the world of game development is as white and male as the rest of tech, according to a report from the International Game Developers Association. The organization’s 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey found that a full 79 percent of developers are white, followed by 8.2 percent Hispanic/Latino, 7.5 percent Asian and 2.5 percent black. The IDGA says this represents a slightly better diversity picture than was seen in 2005, when 83.3 percent of the… continue…

Surprise! Facebook’s Workforce is White and Male, Too

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Facebook has released figures showing the diversity of its workforce and, as with Google and Yahoo before it, the numbers depict a company that’s overwhelmingly male and white. Men constitute 69 percent of the company’s overall employee base, and 85 percent of the technical team. Fifty seven percent of the overall workforce is white, while 34 percent is Asian, 4 percent is Hispanic and 2 percent is black. Looking at technical employees, 53 percent are white, 41 percent are Asian,… continue…

Interview: Blackhawk Network CIO Christine Vonderach

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Christine Vonderach is CIO of Pleasanton, Calif.-based Blackhawk Network, which uses proprietary technology to offer a broad range of gift cards, other prepaid products, and payment services in more than 20 countries. Vonderach is one of a rare breed: According to a 2013 survey by recruiter Harvey Nash found that just 8 percent of American CIOs are women. Her approach was simple to express: Focus on being an overachiever. Before joining Blackhawk in 2010, she held leadership positions at Ask.com/IAC,… continue…

Yahoo’s Diversity Report Shows Lack of Women in Tech, Leader Roles

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Women are a significant minority at Yahoo, according to its newly released diversity report. Women make up 37 percent of Yahoo’s global workforce, while men compose 62 percent (roughly 1 percent of employees either said “Other” or didn’t disclose their gender). Women only occupy 15 percent of Yahoo’s technical jobs, and 23 percent of its leadership positions; they’re better represented in non-tech roles, where they make up 57 percent of headcount. Yahoo declined to break out its gender percentages by… continue…

CMU Sees Dramatic Rise in Women Computer Science Majors

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Women comprise 40 percent of the incoming class at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science. That marks, in the school’s words, “a new benchmark.” It’s certainly a respectable number when compared to the proportion of women who earned bachelor’s degrees in computer science during the 2012-2013 school year: 14 percent, according to the Computer Research Association. It’s also nearly double the 22 percent that entered the school during that same period. Click here to search research jobs. The last… continue…