Though less likely to study in a formal technology or engineering course, America’s girls are showing more mastery of those subjects than their boy classmates, according to newly released national education data.
As viral images go, scientists couldn’t have asked for a better one-two combo. On April 10, the first-ever image of a black hole and its burning ring of gas was seen around the world. Next, a different kind of caught-in-the-moment radiance—the overjoyed reaction of Katherine Bouman, whose algorithm played a role in the black hole’s capture. It was a good day for science, and for women in STEM.
It was also, unfortunately, a rare day, with the black hole representing a troubling metaphor. That term might describe the experience of many girls who, despite their love of STEM, don’t receive the same encouragement that boys do. Often called the “leaky pipeline,” this problem grows during the high school years, when interest in STEM drops from 15.7 percent among freshmen girls to 12.7 percent among seniors, and only gets worse in college. More than 6.7 million men in the U.S. have a degree in STEM compared to 2.5 million women. By graduate school, men and women might as well be operating in separate galaxies.
High demand has remained in place for talent in tech, but reports show that only 20% of those in tech-related fields are female. As emphasis to increase female presence in the blockchain space gathers momentum, strong leaders are emerging to map out and establish frameworks that are both easy to adopt and highly sustainable. Below are a few areas in blockchain where women are directly pushing the industry forward.
As Chicago’s tech industry grows stronger each year, so too do the efforts to make sure it’s a more inclusive space for all people interested in working in it. In what was once a male-dominated field, the tides are changing as a wave of inter-company diversity initiatives and community-based, women-focused programs wash over the world of tech. One tech mecca at the forefront of this progressive movement is Chicago.
We heard from women at seven local tech companies about what they think makes the Windy City a great one for women to pursue careers in technology, and what resources were helpful to them as they found their professional footing.
The backlash against the tech industry-wide push to hire more women and minorities has flared again – this time at Microsoft.
Some employees on an internal message board questioned the tech giant’s efforts to shift the demographics of its largely white and Asian male workforce, asking for evidence that a diverse workforce benefits Microsoft. Eighty-seven percent of Microsoft employees are white or Asian, and more than 73 percent are men, according to the company’s most recent diversity report.
Women make a significant impact on the economy. The 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies combined to generate $5.9 billion, according to Women Presidents’ Organization and Capital One’s latest ranking. “The rise in women-owned businesses is an exciting trend to watch,” said Jenn Flynn, Head of Small Business Bank at Capital One. Their average revenue in 2018 was $117.1 million and they typically employ nearly 500 people.
Michelle Obama’s fans have often remarked that she comes across as authentic even as her every move is analyzed, and sometimes criticized. One such moment of candor occurred this weekend, as the former first lady took the stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the latest stop on the arena-filling tour for her memoir, Becoming. As she spoke with her friend, the poet Elizabeth Alexander, Obama talked about the challenges of balancing career and family. “Marriage still ain’t equal, y’all,” she said, according to Vanity Fair. “It ain’t equal. I tell women that whole ‘you can have it all’ — mmm, nope, not at the same time, that’s a lie. It’s not always enough to lean in because that s*** doesn’t work.”
Apple announced earlier this week it’d be launching an app development camp exclusive to female-led companies and developers, as a way of encouraging women in app development and cultivating their talents.
There’s plenty of bad news about women in tech, as evidenced by the Women in Tech Survey Report 2018 by Ivanti, in which 63 percent of the 500 women in technology respondents cite “being taken seriously” as their number one challenge. Forty-three percent say they have no female role model, and 40 percent cite the gender pay gap as their greatest challenge. Oof. That’s … discouraging and disappointing, to say the least. But Reboot Digital Marketing wanted to flip the script and see if they could interpret the data in a different way — to highlight the opportunities available and to identify the positives.
Ivanti polled over 500 women in technology to discover their insights into being a woman in the world of technology.
Check out this podcast about women working in cybersecurity from thecyberwire.com. Featuring “a range of women, from students to industry leaders, for candid conversations about their personal journeys, their experiences as women in a male dominated field, and their advice to women considering a career in cybersecurity.”