Women in Technology

News and advice for and about women working to get make the most of their STEM careers.

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…

This Is Why Tech’s Diversity Won’t Change Any Time Soon

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Since Google last week gave the world a look at the diversity of its workforce–or lack thereof–the tech media has been full of articles dissecting what most people already knew: The industry is pretty much male and white. Google said that just 30 percent of its employees are women, 3 percent are Hispanic and 2 percent are black. In technical roles, 60 percent are white and 17 percent are women. For comparison’s sake, women make up 47 percent of American… continue…

Google’s Workforce Reflects Tech’s Diversity Challenge

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Bowing to increasing pressure on technology leaders to disclose details of their workforce diversity, Google says that just 30 percent of its employees are women, 3 percent are Hispanic and 2 percent are black. In technical roles, 60 percent of its employees are white and 17 percent are women. The numbers are based on the 44,000 people working at Google at the beginning of the year, and don’t include those working for Motorola Mobility, which is being sold to Lenovo.… continue…

Women Have a Long Way to Go in Open Source

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Despite being a leading force for innovation in the software world, the open source movement lags even behind the rest of technology when it comes to diversity. The percentage of open source contributors who are women is estimated to be as low as 1.5 percent. The 2013 FLOSS survey by GSyc/LibreSoft paints a more promising picture, putting the number at 11 percent. Either way, the gender imbalance is grossly disproportionate. For women, a lack of open source experience can have… continue…

Do Women Feel Isolated in Tech?

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Women comprise the minority of technology professionals – does that make them feel isolated? Not as much as some might think, according to several female developers that we talked to. Gender, they say, can be contributing factor to a sense of loneliness that is simply part of the job. At the same time, being one of a handful of women – if not the only one – in a technical organization can make some feel apart. Click here to find… continue…

Women Still Losing Ground in Computer-Science Careers

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When President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, women working full time earned an average of 59 cents for every dollar made by a man in a similar job. By the time President Obama signed the 2014 Equal Pay Day, an executive order making gender bias more difficult to hide in the workplace, women made an average of 77.5 cents for every man-made dollar. Progress, right? But many women—71 percent, to be exact, according to a… continue…

What Makes—or Breaks—Tech’s Top Women

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What exactly does it take for a woman to become a household name in the tech world — a Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg or Susan Wojcicki? In many ways, it takes the same characteristics as it does for men, according to Telle Whitney, CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, a Palo-Alto non-profit that focuses on women in technology. “Women who rise to the top C-level have many of the same characteristics that any C-level executive would need — to be… continue…

Why Women Start Lifestyle Tech Companies

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Women tech entrepreneurs in the retail and lifestyle space are increasingly gaining customers and attracting venture capital interest. Companies like Birchbox, Gilt, Rent the Runway and Foodspotting — as well as the women starting them – are establishing a foothold in an ever-growing and crowded sector. Why does it seem like so many women are concentrating their business development efforts on retail and lifestyle companies? Interests, experience and education all have something to do with it. Elena Silenok, founder and… continue…

3 Great Salary Negotiation Strategies for Women

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Looking for a way to strengthen your presence during a negotiating session? Here’s a simple trick: Say “I” instead of “we.” M.J. Tocci, director and co-founder of the Heinz Negotiation Academy for Women at Carnegie Mellon University, says the “we” problem is common among women, and it’s based in the messages and stereotypes they face growing up. “The mistakes women make in negotiating salary and other things aren’t because they’re not smart enough or savvy enough,” says Tocci. “The problems… continue…