Special Reports

The Disappearing Women of IT

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It’s no news flash that women are an endangered species in IT. While we make up 57 percent of the workforce at large, we only represent 25 percent of professional computing occupations — and that number is dropping. Where Did the Women Go? The National Center for Women & Information Technology’s statistical publication By the Numbers sounds alarm bells. In 1985, it says, women made up 37 percent of graduates with degrees in Computer Science. That’s not exactly parity, but… continue…

Interview: Lyla Perrodin, CIO, MRIGlobal

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Lyla Perrodin, Vice President and CIO of MRIGlobal in Kansas City, can attest to the importance of teachers and mentors in encouraging girls to take up tech careers. “I took a programming class in high school. The teacher saw I had aptitude and interest and introduced me to the IT executive at a local bank,” she recalls. “He gave me a part-time job while I was in high school, and that led me to pursue information systems in college.” Perrodin… continue…

H-1B Women Few and Far Between

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Immigration reform proposals are circulating at a furious pace on Capital Hill, but it’s unlikely they will lead to a sea change in a rarely thought of area of the guest worker debate: The number of women in IT who work in this country under an H-1B visa. Even though the percentage of women in IT is higher in many of the home countries of H-1B workers, currently, the vast majority of IT H-1Bs are men. And there’s nothing in… continue…

Women in IT Face Down Stereotypes and Bias

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Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg are among the latest to join the elite group of high profile technology executives who are women. They joined such notable CEOs as HP’s Meg Whitman, Xerox’s Ursula Burns and IBM’s Ginni Rometty. But their achievements don’t come close to telling the full story. For nearly a decade, the pool of women in IT has remained roughly a quarter of the technology workforce, demonstrating little advance despite their… continue…

Women in Technology: Pain and Potential

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For nearly a decade, the pool of women in IT has remained roughly a quarter of the technology workforce, demonstrating little advance despite their comprising approximately half of the overall civilian workforce in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the challenges and frustrations women in IT confront at each juncture of their career paths remain unique when compared to the experiences of their male counterparts. This month, we present a special report on Women in Technology –… continue…

Schools Push for Women Computer Scientists

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By Ji Hyun Lee It used to be that some professions were thought to be just for men — picture rugged firefighters, those thoughtful doctors in pharmaceutical ads and, of course, the hyperactive geek types associated with programmers of the Mark Zuckerberg kind. Another profession in which women have been missing out on is computer science. Despite the gender stereotype that women can’t do math, many tech leaders are adamant that women computer scientists have the capacity to elevate an… continue…

A Guest Worker’s Perspective on H-1Bs

Posted In Looking in Tech
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by Samwise With immigration reform being a central topic in Washington, there’s talk of reforming the H-1B program, possibly increasing the number of visas made available each year. Dice asked me to share some of my thoughts about the program, hence this article. I’m here in the U.S. on an H-1B, currently working as a senior database developer. Why come to the U.S.? Many people wonder what prompts individuals to apply for H-1Bs. For me, and most others in the… continue…

Economist: H-1Bs Are Important to the Economy

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One phrase that’s almost always injected into discussions of H1-Bs is “supply and demand.” But how is that measured when it comes to tech workers? For some insight, I spoke with Ashok Bardhan, a senior economist at the University of California at Berkeley and author of Globalization and a High Tech Economy: California, the U.S. and Beyond. What impact do H-1B workers have on the American economy? Because of the fact that H-1B visas are by and large issued to… continue…

The Opponent: H-1Bs Pressure U.S. Wages

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The value of the H-1B program isn’t only being debated in the world of office parks and cubicles. It’s a topic being argued in academia, as well, with the focus on the needs and merits of increasing the visa cap and enticing both American and foreign students to pursue STEM degrees here, particularly master’s and doctorates. One of the most vocal opponents of the program is Computer Science Professor Norman Matloff of the University of California at Davis. He questions… continue…

The Corporate Perspective: Intel’s Approach to H-1Bs

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Like other technology companies, Intel faces stiff competition for talent, especially when it comes to hiring computer, chemical, materials or mechanical engineers with advanced degrees. And while it would rather engage American workers, sometimes they just can’t be found. The issue, says Ardine Williams, vice president and director of the chipmaker’s Human Resource Enterprise Services, comes down to “supply and demand.” “When you get to the Ph.D. level, the number of people who specialize in engineering gets smaller and the universities don’t… continue…