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Women in Tech #24

  • Pioneer Frances Allen
  • Moving from front lines to top rung
  • Failed 25-year challenge
  • Melinda Gates on gender
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The Hindu Business Line

Why promoting gender diversity in STEM is crucial

We need more women in STEM. According to UNESCO, women account for less than 30 per cent of researchers in science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines across the world. In India, this figure amounts to just 14 per cent. And there are factors contributing to this trend. In a recent TimesJobs survey on women in STEM, over half the women who participated said that they were paid less than their male counterparts.

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Frances Allen Optimised Your Code Without You Even Knowing

In 2020, our digital world and the software we use to create it are a towering structure, built upon countless layers of abstraction and building blocks — just think about all the translations and interactions that occur from loading a webpage. Whilst abstraction is undoubtedly a great thing, it only works if we’re building on solid ground; if the lower levels are stable and fast. What does that mean in practice? It means low-level, compiled languages, which can be heavily optimised and leveraged to make the most of computer hardware. One of the giants in this area was Frances Allen, who recently passed away in early August. Described by IBM as “a pioneer in compiler organization and optimization algorithms,” she made numerous significant contributions to the field.

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Women in healthcare: Moving from the front lines to the top rung

Our analysis reveals signs of progress and reason for optimism: women in healthcare have demonstrated initial progress in moving up the organization and continue to report high job satisfaction. However, women also encounter persistent obstacles to advancement, particularly for senior positions, where they remain underrepresented. We highlight several new recommendations that healthcare organizations can take not only to level the playing field but also to ensure these actions achieve measurable improvements.

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Financial Times ($)

The female Indian entrepreneurs who have overcome gender barriers

As a young graduate in the late 1970s, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw aspired to follow in the footsteps of her father — the head brewmaster for one of India’s largest beer companies. But though she had trained as a brewmaster in Australia, India’s breweries felt it was too risky to induct a young woman into a managerial role in their male-dominated industry.

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New York Times

Melinda Gates on coronavirus, gender, and vaccines

On 7 March 2020, Melinda Gates published an op-ed in The New York Times to mark International Women’s Day.

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The Conversation

The tech field failed a 25-year challenge to achieve gender equality by 2020 – culture change is key to getting on track

In 1995, pioneering computer scientist Anita Borg challenged the tech community to a moonshot: equal representation of women in tech by 2020. Twenty-five years later, we’re still far from that goal. In 2018, fewer than 30% of the employees in tech’s biggest companies and 20% of faculty in university computer science departments were women.

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Hugh Forrest (Medium)

Kerry Rupp Tells Why True Wealth Ventures Focuses on Female Founders

Kerry Rupp is a General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in women-led businesses in the sustainable consumer and consumer health sectors.

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Chief Executive

Will The WFH Revolution Leave Female Leaders Behind?

CEOs have a rare opportunity to rebalance the scales for male and female workers and cultivate a thoughtful, family-friendly perspective.

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Mail and Guardian

Few women leaders in academia

There is no shortage of women with the skills required to lead at universities, but they are not ascending to leadership positions.

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Inside Higher Ed

Women’s journal submission rates continue to fall

Women’s journal submission rates fell as their caring responsibilities jumped due to COVID-19. Without meaningful interventions, the trend is likely to continue.

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