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Women in Tech #16

  • Moms and economic recovery
  • Major madness
  • Women’s voices in media
  • Energy in Senegal
Published every Thursday


“I have never learned code, and don’t intend to” – Renuka Kimber on why everyone has something to offer in tech

Ever been in a meeting surrounded by experts mapping concepts, only to feel too unqualified to have a perspective? Imposter syndrome is a common theme among those who have limited technical knowledge but work in industries that are increasingly disrupted by technology.

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There’s never been a better time to hire women in tech

The rise of remote and flexible working and a looming recession mean tech companies have fewer excuses not to hire women — and more incentives to do so.

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Duke Chronicle

Major madness: racial and gender equity in computer science

Computer science is Duke’s fastest-growing major, with 49 first and second majors in the class of 2011, to 252 in the class of 2018, more than a five-fold increase. It’s also the major with the highest average salary immediately after graduation, according to data from the National College Scorecard.

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Editor’s Note:

One of the recurring themes in this newsletter is education. Here Amy Fan at Duke digs into how her university compares to the world when promoting diversity in computer science.


How Hiring Women and Moms Propels Economic Recovery

This week I spent time with a friend I admire highly – Trina Limpert, formerly Global President of Women for eBay. She now heads RizeNext, with a vision of raising up a new generation of diverse technologists, executives, and directors. Since mid-2019, she’s been training companies in the creation of diversity and impact initiatives that drive change while also propelling profitability and growth (agendas that are often seen as being at odds).

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Biometric Update

Biometrics researchers recognized for computer science innovation and bias work

Renowned biometrics expert Anil K. Jain, Michigan State Researcher and Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering, tops the 2020 global H-index ranking for scientific research impact with an H-index of 188, the university announced.

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Editor’s Note:

Bias in facial recognition is something that has serious consequences based on gender. Here is a mention of Inioluwa Deborah Raji’s work combatting it.


The new ERA must do more for gender equality

Marcela Linkova is the chair of the Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation and head of the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institution of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

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Daily Nation (Kenya)

The real reason you may think your female boss is mean

Constructed glass ceilings, gender stereotypes at every turn, gender pay gaps and then when you finally make it to the top – lingering imposter syndrome – are just a few of the hurdles women have to jump over to show for their impressive resumes and superb leadership skills. To that add navigating the minefield of keeping appropriate emotional distances at work, caring about their employees but not too personally, being assertive but at the same time considering everybody’s feelings…phew! Exhausting.

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Nieman Lab

In COVID-19 coverage, female experts are missing

“By having these very loud, usually male, voices in the media touting expertise when they don’t have it, that risks undermining the public trust in science itself.”

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Editor’s Note:

Representation is another persistent issue with women in STEM. Here Teresa Carr self-reflects on the media side of things and journalists who predominantly quote male experts.


Why Diversity And Inclusion Efforts Fail To Deliver And How To Change That

Over the past decade, more companies have tried to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in recruiting, engaging, developing, and promoting employees. But in most cases, the experience of those from marginalized backgrounds has not changed enough.

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Inter-Press Service

Senegal: Women’s Participation in Energy Sector Equals Empowerment

Sydney, Australia — Aïssata Ba, 45-year-old widow and mother of seven children, has been practising market gardening for the past 30 years in Lompoul Sur Mer village in the Niayes area of north-west Senegal. For many women in the village, endowed with fertile soil and favourable climate, it is the primary source of income throughout the year.

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