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Discussion: When Policies Don’t Work, What is the Best Way to be a Diverse Company?

Image created by Yasmine Sedky (@yazdesky). Super excited to join @Twitter next month as VP Diversity & Inclusion, joining an incredible team to make #InclusionImpact.  — @jmssanfran This is the tweet that blew up the Twitterverse last month when Jeffrey Siminoff…

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How to Change the Tech Gender Ratio

What tech companies should do to attract more women I sat down with Jesse Wilson from the Kitchener office of Square this fall. He wanted to know how to find and hire more women in the Waterloo Region. This is challenging…

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Equality is Impossible

The past few years of my life have been centered around striving for equality. Equal numbers of women in leadership in the Ad industry. (We’ve recently reached 10% of women in creative leadership… #winning?!) Equal household responsibilities so it was…

Teaching by Making: The Raspberry Pi Way

When the Raspberry Pi first came on the scene back in 2008 it seemed like a revolutionary idea: An affordable and programmable computer that could be used to teach kids — and adults — how to code. As is often the case, the genius of…

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Me at my Think About Math workshop booth at the University of Waterloo A sticker that became so much more. I started the concept of Code Like a Girl with a sticker a year ago. I had been invited to participate in…

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Lean In, then Lean the Fuck Out

Recently, I’ve been frustrated with the movement of Lean In. I feel like I’ve been Leaning In for years upon years, and now I’m just burnt out, and not sure that all this Leaning In is effective. Leaning In seems…

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Lessons I’ve Learned Being a Tech Intern

FYI, it doesn’t have to be like this. Taken from http://www.theinternshipmovie.com/ I’ve been doing tech internships since 2012 — here’s the good, bad, and the ugly (mostly good) Writing about my adventures in new grad software engineering interviews was relatively easy because it…

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Miss Possible: Marie Curie

The Power of STEM Role Models A year and a half ago I backed the Miss Possible indiegogo campaign. The goal of Miss Possible is to empower girls with dolls inspiring women to bring their work to life. Today Marie Curie arrived…

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Mrs. Claus is an Engineer

Mrs Claus is an Engineer I walked to the mailbox with my seven-year-old daughter tonight the same way we do every day. Usually there is nothing exciting in the box. But today when we looked through the mail we found a…

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I’m one of the guys.

I don’t think there’s anyone who would disagree with that statement. I’m an female engineering student with a tomboyish attitude, a penchant for dirty humour, a taste for craft beer, and a love of leather jackets. Everyone always asks me what…

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CODE GIRL Movie

Empowering girls to use technology to solve social issues Today I saw the CODE GIRL movie at the Zonta Film Festival held at the Princess Twin cinema. I loved it. The girls in the movie were smart, funny, and determined to…

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Who Gets Appreciated?

emotional labor on the Airbnb engineering team At Airbnb, we have a tradition of Appreciating people at our weekly engineering meeting — it’s an opportunity to recognize and thank people who’ve helped you or done great work. It’s one of my favorite…

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Why we need more women in computer science

Right now 18% of CS majors are women. 18%. That is a very small number, and I can’t help but wonder why that is. Part of it is, of course, encouraging young women to go into the field, but another part…

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The Perks of Being A Female In STEM

Me ^ We always hear about gender imbalance in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields so I decided to write this post as a fun way to encourage more females to join STEM fields and also to retain those intelligent…

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10 [ou mais] Mandamentos da mulher na área de TI

Não ficarás calada quando o professor de programação duvidar de que você fez algo; Não ficarás triste quando os teus colegas de equipe não dão importância a suas atividades; Não ficarás calada quando alguns profissionais da área, inclusive teu professor falar…

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Are gender-specific groups really helping women?

Do we needgender-specific groups? It may be time we start rethinking the purpose of women-only groups in our communities. Is there a problem with equal opportunity for women? Yes. Do we need to address these problems, and empower girls and women…

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A Guide to Navigating Grace Hopper

Written from the perspective of a student This October, thousands of women from around the world will convene in Houston for the largest-ever Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. I had the pleasure of attending last year. Here are a…

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Teaching STEM Through Board Games

Fun for Adults and Kids My daughter really enjoys playing boardgames. We often spend winter evenings as a family playing them. For us it is quality family time. They can also be a fantastic tool for teaching your children STEM concepts…