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Reading roundup of recent news and essays

The Uber scandal shows how bad HR is at handling sexual harassment

By Laurie Ruettimann, Vox

“It’s a sad state of affairs, but very few people are shocked to hear that sexism and harassment still happen in the modern work environment. Even fewer are shocked to hear that HR did nothing about it. The lack of outrage at HR, in particular, breaks my heart. We should know better. There should be consequences.”

If You Can’t Retain Women, Don’t Recruit Them

By Kate Buckholz, WIRED

“Tech companies should form working groups that function with SWAT-team like efficiency when a manager, or the individual themselves, sounds the alert on a human capital loss risk; a k a, ‘My person on my team seems unhappy and I think it’s because of our culture.’ I can point to the first flag I raised, and it was years ago; that incident turned out to be just one of a thousand tiny cuts, as so many women experience.”

Woman-to-Woman Mentoring May Keep Women From Dropping Out of STEM Subjects, Study Says

By Shay Maunz, Glamour

“There are plenty of reasons that women don’t end up in science, tech, and engineering: They don’t feel like they belong (usually because society and pop culture have told them so for years), they feel isolated, they sometimes have to deal with sexual harassment…The good news is that a new study found that having a mentor early in college can prevent female engineering students from dropping out of school. But there’s a catch: The mentor has to be a woman.”

What Silicon Valley can learn from Lebanon’s women in tech

By Melissa Jun Rowley, TechCrunch

“Indeed there are. At Beirut Digital District (BDD), a bustling tech hub in Lebanon’s capital that provides space and support services to 70 other companies (including SE Factory), the gender ratio is 55 percent women to 45 percent male. At the executive level, the ratio is 80 percent men to 20 percent women.

But let’s back up for a second. The fact that more women are holding positions within BDD’s creative tech cluster, which is home to approximately 1,300 employees overall, is a bright anomaly, as there aren’t known tech scenes in the Western world where women outnumber men.”

We Recorded VCs’ Conversations and Analyzed How Differently They Talk About Female Entrepreneurs

By Malin Malmstrom, Jeaneth Johansson and Joakim Wincent, HBR

How Prohibiting Salary History Questions Can Help Close the Wage Gap

By Catie Brand, General Assembly

“But good business is just one element of this issue. Most importantly, this is about fairness and equity. Marginalized groups impacted by pay disparity make significantly less money over time, meaning that women and people of color may struggle to support themselves throughout their lives. When salaries are based on compensation history instead of required skills and the value the role brings to the business, leaders perpetuate a vicious cycle — and companies have to take the initiative to correct it.”

The Road to Burnout is Paved With Context Switching

By Sophie Shepherd

“I’ve learned that if I’m stressed — whether I complain about how busy I feel or work over the weekend — it is absorbed by my team and others. This is not a person I want to be, and it’s not a culture that I want to cultivate.

The first step of Chilling The F Out for me has been identifying what triggers send me into a stress spiral in the first place. After a month or two of paying attention to my emotions and writing down stressors as I feel them (which has the added benefit of getting them out of my head) I’ve realized that it’s no one specific aspect of my job, but rather the constant context switching between all of them.”