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3 Ways Women Are Making Waves in Tech

No industry changes more quickly than the tech world does, but that doesn’t mean that Silicon Valley doesn’t still have some ugly traditions to get rid of. Today, only 5% of tech start-ups are owned by women, and progress to get the number higher remains slow.     https://www.business2community.com/business-innovation/3-ways-women-are-making-waves-in-tech-02329064 ...

Coronavirus Affects The Women’s Workforce

  Will the pandemic change the workforce for women? "When it comes to finances, it is women who will take the biggest hit from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by PayScale. With many schools closed, women are the ones who tend to take time away from work to care for their children, as well as elderly parents or family members who are at risk or confined. When they seek to return to work, they’ll receive an offer that is 7% less than a candidate who is currently employed when applying for the same position, PayScale’s 2020 State of the Gender Pay Gap report said. “The coronavirus pandemic has really exposed these cultural faults with our economic system,” said Sudarshan Sampath, PayScale’s director of research." For those women returning to the workforce, “there is a strong likelihood they will not get rehired or they’ll come back on reduced terms,” he said. Even if women aren’t taking time away to help out their family, they may have lost their job due to business shutdowns caused by COVID-19. “Women are over-represented in the low-paid service economy jobs that are really getting slammed right now with layoffs,” said Emily Martin, vice president of education and workplace justice at the National Women’s Law Center." Read More Join Us For Our Women In Tech Event this August.  Source: cnbc ...

#WomenHistoryMonth: Sister Mary Kenneth Keller- First Female Computer Science

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller: First Female Computer Science PhD "The first woman to receive a Ph.D in Computer Science was a nun: Mary Kenneth Keller entered the “Sister of Charity” in 1932, professing her vows in 1940. Keller received her B.S./M.S. Mathematics from DePaul University in Chicago and briefly studied at Dartmouth, breaking the “men-only” rule. While there, Keller played a significant role developing a key computer language: Beginner’s All-Puprose Symbolic Instruction Code, or BASIC. Keller understood that the world was “having an information explosion and information is of no use unless it’s available.” Thanks to BASIC, writing custom software was no longer restricted to mathematicians and scientists. Her contribution made computer use much more accessible to a broader portion of the population. Keller returned to the Midwest and, in 1965, received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin. Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa hired Keller to create and chair their Computer Science Department, where she continued to grow and share her knowledge for 20 years." Read More Join Us For Our Women In Tech Event this August.  Source: dice.com ...

#WomenHistoryMonth: Carol Shaw and Atari’s River Raid

Carol Shaw programmed one of Atari's best-known shooter games.  "Carol Shaw was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA. Always excellent at math, it wasn’t until she inherited her brothers’ model railroad that Shaw began tinkering with electronics: “I actually designed some circuitry with some transistors and stuff that would turn on the signal light for various blocks showing there was a train up ahead.” Fresh out of Berkeley’s Computer Science graduate program, Shaw accepted a position at game-maker Atari in the late 1970s. Wearing thick-rimmed glasses and flannel, she biked 10 miles each way to design and program video games. Eventually landing at Activision, Shaw programmed one of the Atari’s best-known shooter games, River Raid. For the first time, gamers could experience an inordinate amount of non-random, repeating terrain despite constrictive memory limits. River Raid was the first game that allowed the shooter to accelerate and slow down all over the screen. Shaw’s work as a pioneer game designer has made her a legend to two generations of tech pros and gamers." Read More Join Us For Our Women In Tech Event this August.  Source: dice.com ...

#WomenHistoryMonth: Susan Kare & the First Apple Icon

Susan Kare created the first Apple Icon.  "Although our next pioneer briefly worked for Microsoft, Susan Kare is best known for her work with Bill Gate’s nemesis, Steve Jobs. Kare followed dreams of a career in the fine arts to San Francisco. A chance encounter with an old high school friend landed her an interview with Apple. Steve Jobs, inspired by Xerox’s graphical user interface (GUI), was on the hunt for an artist who could design Macintosh’s icons. She got the job. “The morale is to have confidence in your skill mix,” she later said. “Because I certainly didn’t have a computer background.” Using a pad of graph paper, Kare designed icons that were simple, elegant, and playful. The original designs were just 32 x 32 pixels. Kare is also responsible for developing the command (“Apple”) key as a stylized castle seen from above. As part of her Apple work, Kare created the typeface Chicago, used in the first four generations of the iPod. To keep the lettering smooth and seamless, all lines were purposefully made horizontal, vertical, or on a 45-degree angle. That sort of attention to detail has continued to define Apple to this day." Read More Join Us For Our Women In Tech Event this May.  Source: dice.com ...

Being A Woman in Tech-Led Business Space?

"Entrepreneurship in India has seen a massive boost in the last couple of decades. But even as mindsets have seemingly begun to evolve and more people have started accepting the idea, women representation has remained a chink in the armour for the country’s growing start-up ecosystem. Last year, women entrepreneurs constituted 14 per cent of the total entrepreneurial workforce in India, according to a report by NASSCOM. Even though the numbers have improved from 11 per cent a year earlier, the growth has not entirely been ecstatic. At the ‘women in technology’ roundtable at Unite India 2019 held in Kochi last week, the discussions ebbed and flowed from something as basic as hiring men to the need to make parents aware of how women, too, can become entrepreneurs and succeed. Hiring According to some of the entrepreneurs present at the roundtable, men are still skeptical working under women. “We face trust issues from males,” said Moitreyee Goswami, chief executive officer at Zucate. Zucate is a Pune-based education technology platform. Damini Pahwa, CEO at gaming studio Appsoleut Coders, agreed and said she, too, had faced similar issues at the initial stages." Read More Ready to start your program? Let's chat below. ...

Tips For Women Who Work In Tech

Being a woman in the tech field can be hard sometimes but check out this article below for some tips.  "Many people have made the business case that more women should be employed in top positions at public and private technology companies across America. But the actual numbers are lower than they could be: According to a 2016 report from the National Center for Women & Information Technology, women hold only 25% of computing occupations. A 2013 study published in Oxford Academic and discussed (paywall) in Harvard Business Review found that 50% of women employed in technical fields, mostly in engineering and computer science, had switched out of those fields after 12 years. The question we should be asking ourselves is why. Only 20% of professional women working in other fields had switched careers at the end of a 12-year period. As alarming as these figures seem, I don't believe women are victims of systematic persecution in the tech industry. Rather, women may not be cultivating the important traits that can help them succeed, and this may be part of the reason why they leave the sector entirely. As a woman who has worked in the tech industry for many years, I have found the following skills necessary to excel in this industry." Read More Ready to start your program? Let's chat below. ...

“Advancing women in tech into positions of power”

"Technology is an increasingly pervasive influence in every sphere of life, with access to full participation in technology an emergent human right. To advance equity for all women in technology, we must measure what matters and implement policies and practices responsive to gaps and opportunities. Top levels of leadership need to collaborate, advancing public awareness and policies that remove barriers toward an inclusive tech ecosystem. For over 30 years, AnitaB.org has been a leading voice for women in the technology workforce, driving programmatic efforts to build an inclusive tech ecosystem. Our data driven primary research initiatives, including BRAID and Top Companies for Women Technologists, are elevating effective strategies to advance women in learning and work. There is no single solution or silver bullet for achieving intersectional gender and pay equity in tech. It requires a cross sector, multifaceted strategy that engages stakeholders across the technology, employment, women’s rights, education and workforce preparedness, and policy arenas. Under the leadership of CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson, AnitaB.org is building a policy and advocacy agenda to galvanize leaders within the technology community, leveraging the organization’s unique position at the intersection of corporate tech employers, training institutions, and individual women technologists. Unfortunately, the current status of women in power in the tech ecosystem is bleak. Women are abysmally represented at executive levels in the technology sector and beyond, with only 20 percent of Fortune 500 Chief Innovation officers identifying as women in 2018. Women are choosing to leave their technical roles at higher rates than their male counterparts. In 2018, female-founded companies received only 2.9 percent of total venture capital investment. Advancing women technologists into positions of power requires a concerted effort to build inclusive cultures, hold leaders accountable, and develop and promote women. Policy interventions need to improve the recruitment, retention and advancement, and pay equity of female technologists. This includes enhancing workforce preparedness; combatting pay inequities; ensuring that women are winning a ...

Women in Tech: Kristin Sverchek- Lyft

Women In Tech: Kristen Sverchek is the General Counsel of Lyft. Lyft is a ridesharing company that offering car rides, scooters, and a bicycle-sharing system. "General counsel Kristin Sverchek led a cross-functional effort that led to Lyft becoming the first major tech company to IPO in 2019, all while leading the company’s 100-person in-house legal team. Sverchek, who is among the 21 lawyers chosen as Women Leaders in Tech Law as part of this year’s California Leaders in Tech Law and Innovation Awards, recently shared with The Recorder the steps she’d like to see taken to increase the number of women practicing law in the tech sector. What’s your proudest professional achievement of the past year and why? When I joined Lyft in 2012 as general counsel, it was just me. Now, Lyft’s legal team is crossing 130 people and is stronger than ever. I’m incredibly proud of the team I’ve built—they’re dealing with increasingly complex legal issues as the company grows, including personal injury, regulatory, intellectual property, employment, disability law, and privacy, just to name a few. Every team member has been uncompromising in their ability to help the company achieve business goals and take us closer and closer to realizing our mission. A few standout achievements from my team this year include the acquisition of bikeshare system Motivate, and becoming the first major tech company to IPO in 2019.  4. More international apps will take over the app store. We've seen the rise of apps from international companies, including FaceApp, Alibaba and TikTok. I believe we're going to see this trend continue as the rest of the world is introduced to app development and smartphones. As the costs to build apps continues to go down, we'll see that hit apps can come from almost anywhere." Read More Ready to start your program? Let's chat below.       ...
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