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Women in Tech #20

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The Conversation

The Gender Pay Gap that No One Is Talking About

My colleagues and I wanted to see if gender played a role when it comes to equity-based pay.

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Editor’s Note:

There has been much discussion about the inequality in pay between men and women. However, there are some areas, particularly those in tech, where that inequality takes complex forms. Here Felice Klein tackles the topic of equity.

The Nation (Pakistan)

Gender identity and textbooks: The case of Punjab

Textbooks are a powerful means for aiding children in learning about gender and their cultural heritage. The textbook is an indispensable medium of power that works in shaping the ways in which children think about themselves and society. It is argued that text into children’s textbooks determine models of thought and offer the preferred position to boys and girls.

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Nature

Equity: a mathematician shares her solution

Look beyond gender — if research thrives on collaboration, a book asks, why do we reward individualism?

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The Verge

Moms in Tech Facebook group splintering over allegations of racism

A Facebook group for mothers in the tech industry is disintegrating after members say they were blocked or silenced for posting about anti-racism and white fragility.

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Editor’s Note:

Women have built groups to support each other, though some face questions of who is included. Here Zoe Schiffer looks at the Moms in Tech Facebook group and what has happened over the last months.

Financial Express

Book Review — Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias

Such biases are quite strong and also manifest in terms of conscious bias against a race or community and become all-pervasive.

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USA Today

Why women, minorities still feel excluded from STEM careers

Troubling research has emerged in recent years about the career longevity of students graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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The Conversation

Women in STEM are still far short of workplace equity. COVID-19 risks undoing even these modest gains

The events of 2020 are reshaping the way we live, work, teach and learn. And while we have all been affected differently, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women has been particularly significant.

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FiveThirtyEight

How The Pandemic Could Force A Generation Of Mothers Out Of The Workforce

For the past few months, Alicia Wertz has barely seen her husband. Since schools closed in their northern Alabama town in March, they’ve been single-mindedly focused on a single goal: making sure that someone was watching their three kids. At first, Wertz tried working from home. But she wasn’t getting anything done, so they tried splitting the hours: Wertz’s husband watches the children in the morning, then a sitter comes to relieve him in the afternoon until Wertz takes over when she returns from work.

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NPR

Like Her ‘Radioactive’ Elements, Marie Curie Didn’t ‘Behave’ As Expected

Rosamund Pike plays Marie Curie in the new Amazon Studio biopic Radioactive.

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Editor’s Note:

One of the great pioneers of women in science, which we include in this newsletter, is Marie Curie. Here NPR speaks to Rosamund Pike about playing the researcher.

Al Jazeera

More women should lead Africa’s coronavirus response

Women are primary caregivers in their communities. They can play a key role in the fight against COVID-19.

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