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Women in Tech #15

  • End of the Girlboss
  • Video game harassment
  • Girls and studying STEM
  • Fighting biased AI
Published every Thursday

Bloomberg

Video game industry rocked by outpouring of sexual misconduct allegations

The gaming and streaming world hasn’t yet faced the #MeToo movement on the same scale as Hollywood. That’s poised to change.

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New York Times

TaskRabbit C.E.O. to Step Down, a Blow for Silicon Valley Diversity

Stacy Brown-Philpot, one of the few prominent black women in the technology industry, has led the gig worker marketplace for four years, and oversaw its sale to Ikea.

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GEN (Medium)

The End of the Girlboss Is Here

The girlboss didn’t change the system; she thrived within it. Now that system is cracking, and so is this icon of millennial hustle.

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Editor’s Note:

One of the icons in tech and entrepreneurship is the “girlboss,” perhaps inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s mantra of leaning in. Here Leigh Stein goes in-depth on the term and why she believes that moment is over.

Times of Israel

Women bear brunt of coronavirus job losses in Israel, report says

Although women make up just under 50% of workforce, they filed 56% of unemployment claims since March 1; work from home is ray of light, according to study

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South China Morning Post

Computer, your biases are showing

Researchers have found that social biases can be amplified in AI algorithms that determine access to jobs, health care diagnosis outcomes and more

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Editor’s Note:

Bias in training data is a major issue for all sorts of AI. Here Tracy Qu and Iris Deng talk to researchers including Jieyu Zhao, who has worked on tackling bias against women.

The Conversation

Girls score the same in maths and science as boys, but higher in arts – this may be why they are less likely to pick STEM careers

Last month, the Australian Academy of Science published a report showing the COVID-19 pandemic would disproportionately affect women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) disciplines.

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CNN

Silicon Valley can no longer ‘tinker around the edges’ to fix its diversity problem

Six years ago, a wave of tech companies including Apple (AAPL), Twitter (TWTR), eBay (EBAY), and LinkedIn began revealing data on the diversity of their workforces. The information, which had previously been kept closely guarded, was released after increased pressure for transparency as their fortunes and influence swelled.

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New York University

Academic Achievement isn’t the Reason There are More Men than Women Majoring in Physics, Engineering and Computer Science

A new study finds that the gender disparity in physics, engineering, and computer science is not caused by higher math or science achievement among men.

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Editor’s Note:

The world of tech extends to schools, where women and men make choices about what to study. Here NYU looks at test scores in math and science during high school and finds that men with lower scores were picking fields like computer science as often as women with higher scores.

Healio

CV matrix aims to improve gender equity by ‘accounting for COVID time’

COVID-19 has dramatically changed the ways in which health care professionals carry out their careers.

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The Conversation

Domestic abusers use tech that connects as a weapon during coronavirus lockdowns

Developing regenerative technologies, which foster online kindness and empathy, and diversifying the tech field with women who research or are survivors of violence against women and girls could make a meaningful difference. It’s important to incorporate women and their perspectives in technological work. It’s also important to find ways for women and girls to maintain connections and interact safely online while social distancing.

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