Women in Technology

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

5 Tips for Women to Get Ahead in Tech

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Women engineers who are eyeing the CTO’s office face a number of challenges as they make their way up the ladder. But despite having to handle everything from stereotypes to biases in a male dominated environment, women can up the odds when putting these five tools to work. Identify a Mentor. Although woman engineers often seek out women mentors, the pickings can be slim in IT, given that women account for approximately 25 percent of the technology workforce. As a… continue…

How Women Can Change the Tech Investment Landscape

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It’s inevitable that sometimes women tech entrepreneurs will face gender bias when they’re out pitching investors. Still, it pays to be persistent. Because, like their male counterparts, women can still gain contacts and feedback that will be helpful in the future, even when they don’t get the answer they want. While the blogosphere is filled with posts about how women can’t secure funding, the truth is women simply aren’t pitching enough, says Natalia Oberti Noguera, founder and CEO of the Pipeline… continue…

How Girls Migrate to STEM Careers

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Getting women into STEM careers has got to start somewhere and educators, as well as industry players, increasingly advocate starting them at a young age – even as early as when they enter kindergarten. The industry’s desire to hit the problem hard and early is based on the lackluster percentage of women who currently work in  computing. Women hold only 25 percent of computing jobs and the percentage interested in pursuing a STEM career dropped to 18 percent in 2010… continue…

After 30 Years in IT, One Woman Sees More to Do

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Sandra Ashworth, Unisys’s global director of channel relations and warranty, is an evangelist for women in IT. A member of CompTIA for more than 20 years, she’s currently the chair of the organization’s Advancing Women in IT Community. Ashworth’s been in the IT services industry for more than 30 years in capacities including field management, operations, vendor relations, customer service design/implementations and supply chain marketing. “I started out on an ad punch machine while I was in high school,” she… continue…

Why Negotiation Skills Are Vital for Women in Tech

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In their book Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide, economist Linda Babcock and writer Sara Laschever argue that women are less likely to negotiate on the job. They contend that their inability to be assertive in the work world leads women to lose out on pay raises and miss out on promotions. Obviously, that’s a real problem: Negotiation can be a way to increase job satisfaction, decrease attrition and rise up the ranks. According to a study by… continue…

Hackbright Boot Camp Moves Women Into Coding Careers

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Hackbright Academy in San Francisco is a 10-week boot camp with a twist: Not only is the year-old program for women only, all of its graduates began with established careers in non-STEM fields. Through its intensive training, mentoring, final projects and “speed dating” career day, Hackbright has been able to place graduates into positions as software engineers at startups and established organizations including Change.org, Eventbrite, Facebook, Flixster, Heroku, New Relic, Rdio, Perforce, Pinterest, Pivotal Labs, StubHub, SurveyMonkey, Trulia, Twilio and… continue…

5 Reasons Engineering Teams Need More Women

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While some companies have made inroads when it comes to increasing the number of women on their engineering teams, a large number of them – especially those with teams of over 100 people — haven’t. At some businesses, there’s still a feeling that it doesn’t really matter whether or not a team is diverse. Here’s some reasons those firms may want to reconsider. Women bring diversity, and diversity helps generate new ideas for solving problems. Especially with products geared toward… continue…

Scardino On Board Doesn’t Answer Twitter’s Questions

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Faced with a firestorm of criticism for lacking a woman director, Twitter last week named media executive Marjorie Scardino to its board. While Scardino’s appointment to the previously all-male board finally quashes the raunchy (forgive us) “three Peters and Dick” joke that was making the rounds within the company (because of its directors Peter Chernin, Peter Currie, Peter Fenton and CEO Dick Costolo), it still begs several questions, like why did it take Twitter so long to add a woman… continue…

How OSU Medical Center’s CIO Got Her Job

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A system to track dog licenses at the Franklin County Auditor’s Office in Columbus, Ohio, set Phyllis Teater on a path to her current position as CIO of Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Teater was a clerk in the auditor’s office — having left Purdue University two years earlier — still undecided about what she really wanted to do with her life. Younger than other members of her team, she was the one sent to talk to IT about… continue…

Where Women Find the Value of ‘Leaning In’

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Carla Gentry would have laughed if she’d been advised to just “lean in” when she was a divorced mom trying to raise two boys. Gentry, who operates her data analytics business from Louisville, Ky., recalls being greeted with a blatantly sexual comment from the head of a previous employer on her first day on the job. Eight months after Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book came out, people are still talking about it, largely because workplace issues persist for women in… continue…