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Women in Tech #19

  • Education and the 1%
  • Ellen Pao on Facebook
  • Women suing Google
  • More women engineers
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VoxEU

More education accounts for the rising share of women in the UK top 1%

Top incomes – the share of total income held by those at the very top of the income distribution – are the central focus of much recent income distribution analysis, most especially that based on the pioneering research of Thomas Piketty and collaborators (see e.g. Atkinson et al. 2011 for a review) and the on-going work centred around the World Inequality Database project. Drawing on income tax and related administrative register data sources, the top incomes research field has highlighted how, in many countries, the most significant changes in income distribution are occurring at the top. The increasing share of income among this group is driving the much-discussed increase in overall inequality.

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The Guardian

‘They don’t think it’s important’: Ellen Pao on why Facebook can’t beat hate

The tech executive known for her work to detoxify Reddit says social media bosses know what’s right – they just need to act

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Editor’s Note:

Ellen Pao tried to lead a charge against toxicity online at Reddit. Here she speaks to Julia Carrie Wong on a range of issues including the Facebook ad boycott.

The Conversation

Yes, women outnumber men at university. But they still earn less after they leave

In his best-selling book, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Canadian journalist Malcolm Gladwell describes a tipping point as “that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behaviour crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire”.

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Livemint

Is India on the cusp of a gender revolution?

India presents a complex gender paradox to most observers. Women are enrolling in schools and colleges in higher numbers but there aren’t enough of them in workplaces. Women are voting in greater numbers than ever before but there aren’t enough of them in our legislative assemblies and in parliament.

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Business Insider

The women suing Google over gender discrimination want to expand the lawsuit to a class action

The suit alleges that Google paid women $16,794 less than men in similar positions, and offered women smaller bonuses and less stock in the company than their male coworkers.

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Editor’s Note:

One way that tech companies are challenged is in court. This piece looks at a suit in California that is currently four women, but could expand to thousands.

Medscape

OB-GYNs Struggle to Keep Pace With Changing COVID Knowledge

In early April, Maura Quinlan, MD, was working nights on the Labor and Delivery unit at Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago. At the time, hospital policy was to test only patients with known COVID-19 symptoms for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Women in labor wore N95 masks, but only while pushing — and practitioners didn’t always don proper protection in time.

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Israel21c

Meet the Israelis building new businesses during a pandemic – ISRAEL21c

The crushing effect of the coronavirus pandemic on employment, tourism and retail has triggered a wave of new home businesses – everything from facemask sewing to personal catering.

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The Guardian

Mind the (pay) gap: how to get more women into senior engineering roles

Engineering’s gender pay gap is a third lower than for the UK economy as a whole and is much less severe than some had feared, according to recent research published by the Royal Academy of Engineering. But narrowing the gap will take many years and it is likely to get worse before it gets better.

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Express Computer

How women are making it big in business via WhatsApp-based social commerce

Social commerce is not a new concept in the country major chunk of social commerce existed only in the fashion, beauty, and retail industries. Today, social commerce is gaining popularity for one of the fundamental aspects of life – fresh food. Fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables have become the most in-demand products as people switch to healthier ways of living and are eager to know the source.

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Editor’s Note:

We often think of tech as Big Tech, though it reaches into places that are much smaller. This article discusses women as a part of small-scale social commerce outside of the biggest cities in India.

Japan Times

In Japan, men have complicated views about gender, equality

Japanese men might accept or even support equality in the workplace, but are less enthusiastic about that equality in other spheres of life.

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