Fashion and Technology unite to Empower Women
"The “Unleash your Creativity Through Technology” Tour brought a multitude of women from diverse fields of study to discuss their issues with current gender inequity and how to progress towards higher education for women."
...the article goes on to report the findings from a research report co-authored by Susan Silbey (Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Sociology, and Anthropology at MIT).
Guess what: "It turns out gender makes a big difference" and "Informal interactions with peers and everyday sexism in teams and internships are particularly salient building blocks of [gender] segregation."
Check out the full story here: MIT News
In 1984, 37% of all computer science graduates were women. Today it's 18%.
Read Cindy Hoang's story of the challenges of battling the tech gender line.
"In a column in the Wall Street Journal, John Greathouse of Rincon Venture Partners outlined his belief that women will get more opportunities in tech if they “create an online presence that obscures their gender.” Bizarrely equating hiring practices in tech to blind orchestra auditions, Greathouse suggested that women do things like only use their first initial and eliminate photos on both Twitter and LinkedIn. Rather than call on tech companies to overcome the unconscious bias that can too easily be baked into hiring practices, Greathouse thinks women should solve the problem themselves by hiding who they really are."
Thoughts? Read more about this Bad Advice from a Male VC
Hillary Paul Halpern and Maureen Perry-Jenkins explore gender roles in the May 2016 issue of Sex Roles. Parents' gender ideology and gendered behavior as predictors of children's gender-role attitutes: A longitudinal exploration.
Dr. Colleen Lewis, recipient of the Denice Emerging Leader ABIE Award and faculty member in the department of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd college specializes in computer science education. Read more about her contributions to broadening partcipation in computer science here. Congratulations, Dr. Lewis!