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Women in Tech #17

  • Who’s seen as “brilliant”

  • The “glass cliff”

  • Europe and STEM

  • The self-employed
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The Conversation

Gulf Arab Women were Finally making Progress, but will the Covid-19 Crash and Austerity set them Back?

Not only is this bad news for long-term economic prospects, it raises serious development concerns with respect to women. I did a study of Omani women in the context of Oman’s Vision 2020 (since superseded by Vision 2040). It was clear that these visions are part of a social contract, in which the sultanate retains power in exchange for providing the population of nearly 5 million with various kinds of support.

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ASPI Strategist

The road less travelled: women and disarmament

October will mark 20 years since the UN Security Council first recognised the links between international peace and security and the equal rights of women and girls. Landmark UNSC resolution 1325 established the right of women to engage in issues of war and peace, and recognised the role that women play in preventing, managing and recovering from conflict.

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New York University

Men more likely than women to be seen as brilliant

Men are more likely than are women to be seen as “brilliant,” finds a new study measuring global perceptions linked to gender. The work concludes that these stereotyped views are an instance of implicit bias, revealing automatic associations that people cannot, or at least do not, report holding when asked directly.

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Editor’s Note:

Tech and science are often associated with the idea of “brilliance,” though that term may have other links in people’s minds that lead to bias. Here researchers across the U.S. test the implicit associations with gender.

The Guardian

‘Upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky’ – do cities have to be so sexist?

Toxic masculinity is built into the fabric of our urban spaces, writes Leslie Kern, author of new book Feminist City. And the results aren’t just divisive – they can be lethal

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American Inno

Women in STEM: A business owner’s perspective

It is well accepted that diversity in the workplace and in industry drives better culture and business results. While women are making great strides in some fields, they are still greatly underrepresented in STEM industries. National averages reflect that women make up half of today’s workforce, only 25 percent of positions in the tech sector belong to women and only 5 percent of those are leadership positions.

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The future for STEM in Europe

One challenging area that has consistently arisen in terms of the extension of STEM skills in Europe, has been fostering women’s involvement in these fields.

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Editor’s Note:

Seeing gains from the growth of women in STEM is something that concerns leaders at the highest level of government. Here Euractiv provides a policy brief on the EU’s situation.


How self-employed women in Britain slipped through the coronavirus safety net

As the coronavirus pandemic shreds the global economy, women have been disproportionately swept up in the wave of unemployment. Are government safety nets catching their fall?

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Nikkei Asian Review

Australia’s coronavirus response will not help women back into work

Annie Hariharan is a business consultant in Australia, with interests in gender and economy.

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New York Times

Magic Leap Hires Top Microsoft Executive as C.E.O.

SAN FRANCISCO — Magic Leap said on Tuesday that it had hired Peggy Johnson, a top executive at Microsoft, to be its chief executive, as the troubled augmented reality headset start-up shifts its focus from consumers to businesses.

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Editor’s Note:

This article looks at Peggy Johnson as well as the “glass cliff,” the concept that a woman is brought in to help fix a company that is struggling. Erin Griffith and Karen Weise report.

Pew Research

61% of U.S. women say ‘feminist’ describes them well; many see feminism as empowering, polarizing

Since the early days of the U.S. women’s rights movement, the term “feminist” has been a source of much debate. Even in 2020 – 100 years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote – Americans differ over how well the term describes them and how they see the movement, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

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