Women in Technology

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

Small Startups Better Bet for Women Engineers

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For companies whose workforce includes more than 100 engineers, the proportion of women on engineering teams falls far below the national average of 25 percent, according to data from Pinterest engineer Tracy Chou. But when it comes to startups with up to seven engineers, the prospect for women vastly improves. At those companies, they comprise at least 50 percent of the engineering team. What Gives? Some of the big companies with a smaller proportion of women engineers may surprise you:… continue…

Women Who Code to Hold First Hackathon

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The meetup group Women Who Code will hold its first hackathon beginning Dec. 5 in San Francisco. Though the group is usually reserved for “people who identify as female – queer and transgender friendly,” the hackathon, which is being held in collaboration with Chime for Change and Twitter, is open to all. Participants in the event – dubbed “ChimeHack” — will focus on creating a mobile app designed to support women and girls. The event will kickoff at Twitter’s headquarters… continue…

Developing Countries’ Women Learn Tech Entrepreneurship

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When you hear the phrases “technology entrepreneur” and “third world women,” chances are you conjure up very different mental images with very little overlap. A project in Silicon Valley is trying to change that. In its third year, TechWomen is a State Department program launched by former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as a means to advance women’s rights and foster cross-cultural awareness between the U.S. and the Middle East. It provides women already in science, technology, engineering and mathematics… continue…

Is Tech Culture Really Hostile To Women?

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Not too long ago, Business Insider CTO Pax Dickinson was forced to resign after he posted a series of tweets that were dismissive of concerns over the role of women in tech. In defending himself, Dickinson pointed out that he reported to a woman at Business Insider for the past three years, and that his longest tenured senior developer was a woman. The incident followed on the heels of two sexist, inappropriate presentations at TechCrunch Disrupt in September. In light… continue…

Twitter Doesn’t Walk the Talk on Hiring Women

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Among the tidbits found in Twitter’s IPO filing: A noticeable lack of women among the company’s top officers. The only woman is General Counsel Vijaya Gadde, who has had the job for five weeks – and yes, her predecessor was male. Though the company declined to comment to the New York Times, CEO Dick Costolo took to Twitter to comment on the newspaper’s choice of sources — Vivek Wadhwa, a scholar/entrepreneur who is working on a book about tech. Wadhwa… continue…

Small Business Tech Hires Strong Outside Silicon Valley

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Technology hubs including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Denver-Boulder, Colo., are outpacing Silicon Valley in hiring, according to the monthly TriNet SMBeat analysis of small-business hiring. Small businesses in technology showed net job growth of 1.38 percent in September, down from 1.52 percent in August. Despite the drop, that’s still better than the overall economy’s dip to 0.79 percent from 1.37 percent. While the analysis pegged net job growth in Silicon Valley at just 0.45 percent, Atlanta logged 3.31… continue…

Facebook’s Sandberg: Be Blunt on Gender Topics

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wants to kill PC. No, not personal computers. She means the notion of being politically correct. And she wants to do it in the context of addressing issues of gender in the workplace. On a panel at Wednesday’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference, Sandberg recounted a recent incident where she was a keynote speaker with two men. “The first man said, and I’m not exaggerating, ‘most women aren’t like Sheryl. She’s really competent.… continue…

VC Altman: ‘Hot Girls’ Only Part of the Bubble Picture

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Sam Altman’s recently spotlighted comments about tech companies hiring “hot girls” to recruit engineering talent was “meant somewhat tongue in cheek, although it’s a real phenomenon,” he told Dice News. When asked about how often this takes place, he said, “I don’t think it’s super common.” The real meat of his blog post: “Maybe now we’re actually in the early stages of a startup bubble.” The venture capitalist and former Loopt CEO pointed to such signs as unsustainable high valuations… continue…

Free Software Developer School For Women Launches

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In an effort to address both the mounting talent shortage in technology in the state of Washington and gender imbalance in the industry, Ada Developers Academy is launching a free yearlong intensive software developer school in Seattle for women who have no previous programming experience. The classes are not only free, but students can even apply to receive a $1000 per month stipend. But, you better act fast. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30 – just a few days… continue…

Top 10 Tips for Retaining Women in Technology

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Can’t find enough qualified IT talent to fill your job openings? Before issuing that often repeated complaint, try asking yourself what you’ve done to retain the talent you have, especially your women engineers. Chances are these women technologists will quit at a higher rate than the men with comparable skills. A report released Tuesday by the Anita Borg Institute called “Women Technologists Count,” cites a study that found that 56 percent of women technologists at the mid-level point in their… continue…