Women in Technology

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Microsoft CEO Gaffe Highlights Gender Pay Issues

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke to an audience of female tech pros at the annual Grace Hopper Conference, and things didn’t quite go as planned. During an onstage question-and-answer session, Nadella suggested that female employees trust “karma” to get them the salary raise they deserve, rather than actually asking for one: “It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.” That ignited… continue…

Are Women Tracked to Certain IT Roles?

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Think of the stereotypical software architect or developer, and you might picture a guy in a hoodie, jittering from too many energy drinks. Like most clichés, it isn’t really true: Women have taken more roles in IT, from running startups to managing enterprise databases. Despite that progress, people still associate certain jobs in IT with men, suggests Kira Makagon, vice president of innovation at RingCentral, a San Mateo, Calif.-based provider of cloud business phone systems. Women made up only 19.7… continue…

Shortage of Women in Tech Kills Productivity

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In recent months, it’s become more apparent than ever that the culture inside many IT organizations isn’t welcoming to women. Whether the result of benign neglect or outright failure to call misogynistic behavior to account, the end result is that there are fewer women as a percentage of the IT workforce: a recent New York Times article reported that women hold only 25 percent of IT jobs, and that roughly half will eventually quit to pursue a completely different line… continue…

Women Gain in Video Game Jobs, Just Not Tech Roles

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The proportion of women working in game development is growing, though they’re more likely to occupy design-related roles than engineering jobs, according to the Orlando Sentinel. In part, the issue lies in the number of women who apply for the more technical positions: They’re far outnumbered by men. “The resumes are almost always predominantly male,” said Andrew Tosh, president of GameSim Technologies in Orlando. The Orlando area is home to a number of game-development companies, including EA Sports. Click here… continue…

Adult Women Outnumber Teenage Boys Among Gamers

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More adult women play video games than boys 18 or younger, according to a new study by the Entertainment Software Association (PDF). That might come as a surprise to casual followers of the video-game industry, which relies on games seemingly tailor-made for teenage boys to fuel its burgeoning bottom line. Not only do women constitute 48 percent of everybody tapping away at a game controller, but the number of female gamers aged 50 and over jumped 32 percent between 2012… continue…

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…