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Explain Yourself — Women in Tech

It’s been noted many times before that women have a habit of overexplaining themselves in the workplace, which undermines their message and credibility, in turn making it more difficult for us to get what we want; be it more resources,…

WillowTree Wants to Help Eliminate the Gender Pay Gap – Facebook is Working Against Us

According to a recent PayScale study, women earn just 77.9 cents for every dollar earned by men. You may think that gap is steadily shrinking, but the facts say otherwise. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) notes that while there…

Doubt-raising Phrases, Public Chauvinism, and a Cautionary Tale of Garbage In, Garbage Out

5 Ally Actions | Oct 12, 2018 Photo courtesy of Pixabay Each week, we share five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and become a better ally. 1. Give wholehearted recommendations Recommendations come in many forms. Formal letters, social media endorsements,…

Battling Bias in Berlin

Cassandra Melvin (L) and Danit Gal (R) present the Rockchain network at a first gathering. Their motto is “Connect for Impact.” Image copyright: Ruthe Zuntz A Rockchain Panel Explores Ways to Beat Unconscious Bias Seated at the back of a packed…

Women In Tech may need to Flee Brazil

A Look at How Brazil’s Politics Could Negatively Affect its Women In Tech Members of the “Theatre strike against censorship” protest in Rio de Janeiro, in February 1968. By GONÇAVES (CPDOCJB) In September 2018, 2,4 million women united with a single…

Talking Politics at Work, and Why We Should Use the Mic, Every Time

5 Ally Actions | Oct 5, 2018 Photo of someone handing over a mic Each week, we share five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and become a better ally. 1. Acknowledge current events Here in America, we’ve had a heavy two…

Eight Simple Rules for Not Being a Jerk to Female Engineers

Being a “woman in tech” is extremely romanticized. Articles and blog posts highlighting female software engineers are usually intended to attract talent and keep more women in the field, and most of them paint a rosy picture of these women…

Fixing the Funding Gap

Last year $84 billion of VC investment went to startups. Guess how much went to women-led ventures? A measly 2.7% was invested in women-led companies, according to Fortune. And for women of color, the stats are far more dismal. Only .0006%…

5 Common Feelings Being a Woman of Color in Tech

“A businesswoman sitting at a table with a laptop and a glass of water” by rawpixel on Unsplash From the day I realized I was destined to be a coder, I knew I was going to be an underrepresented group in…

Bias, Diversity, Backlash, Manifestos, and Rebuttals

©Photo by Franka Barba, used with permission. Have you ever been in a meeting where a colleague says “I’m a great supporter of gender equality, but I’m totally opposed to quotas!” Or, “I believe in diversity, but I won’t stand…

The Case for Diversity in Tech

There has been a recent push toward improving diversity in the workforce — at least in the tech industry. But why should we care? We should want to hire the best candidates for the job, right? We don’t want to lower the…

Tech Leading Ladies: Overcoming obstacles to leadership

photo courtesy of SEEK seek.com.au Women are uniquely placed in this moment in time to excel in tech leadership positions. Executives are realising that characteristics we strongly attribute to and encourage in our girls and women, such as empathy, compassion…

My Career Path and the Case for Girls and Women to Go into STEM

This is the closing ceremony speech I gave at Superposition II — a hackathon for young women to gain more experience in computer science and to encourage them to choose a career in STEM. I was asked to share my career path…

Infographic: Closing the STEM Gender Gap

Research by Microsoft offers insights into how more girls can be encouraged and supported in pursuing STEM careers. The World Economic Forum reports that by 2020, for every digital job created, four traditional jobs will be displaced for a man — but 20…