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Women in Tech #14

  • Harassment in med school
  • Women research subjects
  • Australia’s pioneers
  • Japan’s all-male boards
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The Conversation

Adding women to corporate boards improves decisions about medical product safety

Medical supply companies with boards that included at least two women recalled life-threatening products almost a month sooner than those with all-male boards, according to our forthcoming study examining thousands of medical product recalls from 2002 to 2013.

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Editor’s Note:

The presence of women on boards can have a major impact on the decisions taken. Here researchers from different parts of the US combine to dig into issues of medical product recalls.

Economic Times (Times of India)

For ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, it’s important to take women along

NEW DELHI: Jahnabi Phookan recently took over as the national president of the women’s wing of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) FLO that is, FICCI Ladies Organisation. In an e-mail interview she discusses the impact of Covid-19, lessons for women, how women participation can increase in technology and more. Edited excerpts:

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Stanford Daily

‘Destroyed my career’: Faculty report unchecked sexual harassment in School of Medicine

Several female School of Medicine faculty blame a culture of sexual harassment and sexism for what they say is an inadequate University response to allegations ranging from inappropriate touching to inaccurate, career-undermining rumors.

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Silicon Angle

Actionable advice on breaking into tech (and staying) as a woman of color

Tech has a horrible track record for diversity. Even a cursory glance at the statistics shows that minority numbers are low and retention even worse. The industry has to change.

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Inside Higher Ed

Study says biological research still treats female subjects as an afterthought

Study says biological research still treats female subjects as an afterthought. But “sex inclusion” in the sample has its critics.

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Editor’s Note:

This piece also appeared in our “Future of Medicine” newsletter. It looks into the historic exclusion of women subjects from studies, and how researchers have reacted to a push for sex inclusion.


“Coded Bias” exposes how facial recognition discriminates based on race, gender, and more

Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya spoke to Salon about the need to hold companies accountable for tech & why there’s hope

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Financial Times ($)

Is the coronavirus crisis taking women back to the 1950s?

A few months into juggling work and caring for two school-age children, a female finance executive based in Dublin narrowed her ambitions down to a single bullet point: “Just survival.”

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Inside Story (Australia)

Nothing inspires like success

Women of Steel, a documentary produced and directed by Robynne Murphy, tells the story of a group of women’s fourteen-year struggle for the right to work in the Port Kembla steelworks.

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Editor’s Note:

Part of this newsletter is looking at pioneers who came before. Here Julie Rigg looks at the story behind “Women of Steel,” which recounts Australia’s first class action.

Nikkei Asian Review

Japan’s all-male boards face rejection by foreign investors

TOKYO — Starting this year, U.K.-based investment management firm Legal & General Investment Management will vote against all TOPIX 100 companies in Japan which do not have at least one woman representative on their board.

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Mother Jones

I’m a Black female scientist. On my first day of work, a colleague threatened to call the cops on me.

“Raven the Science Maven,” as she is known on the internet, is currently the director of collegiate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives at a charter school in Buffalo, New York, the founder of science advocacy organization STEMbassy, and a musician whose rap music, she hopes, inspires other Black women in science.

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