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  • Remembering Margaret Burbidge (#3)
  • Office hours for female founders (#15)
  • SoapBox Labs raises $ (#6)
  • EU lags US in VC equality (#20)


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The Conversation

Business accelerators are programmes which offer various types of support, including training, mentorship, access to workspaces and investment, to early-stage businesses with the aim of helping them through the fragile early stages of growth. They may play a vital role in the post-COVID-19 recovery.


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Silicon Republic

Dr Anya Rumyantseva, data scientist at Hitachi Vantara, discusses her experiences as a woman in the world of tech.


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Guardian

The British-American astronomer Margaret Burbidge, who has died aged 100, was the principal author of a watershed scientific paper in 1957 that set out the evidence for chemical elements having been formed inside stars. In essence, the work of her and her collaborators proved that the iron in our blood, the oxygen in our lungs, the calcium in our bones, even the carbon in our DNA was made in the hearts of massive stars and then exploded back into space billions of years ago.


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This Distill looks for women doing impressive things in STEM today, but also at pioneers in years gone by. Here is the Guardian’s obituary for Margaret Burbidge , the first woman president of the American Astronomical Society.

MarTech Series

Hi Teresa, please tell us about your journey into Marketing Technology. What inspired you to start at Brandcrush?


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Thrive Global

Women naturally are better collaborators and more empathetic. Treat these as your superpowers and empathize, understand and care about your people. As a part of my series about “Lessons From Inspirational Women in STEM and Tech”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Heena Purohit. Heena is a Lead Product Manager at IBM Watson IoT


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Irish Times

SoapBox Labs, a highly-regarded Irish tech company which provides speech-recognition technology for children, has raised €5.8 million to bring total investment secured to date to €10.2 million.


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Brookings

When women work in formal, paid employment, they earn less than male counterparts, even controlling for age, education level, and sector. Female farmers and entrepreneurs tend to be less productive than males due to limited access to land, capital, knowledge, and technology. These gaps in economic opportunities persist across all countries and income levels.


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The Hindu

The traditional gender role that women play distinctly affects them in global crises as seen in numerous examples


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Forbes

Statistics suggest that women entrepreneurs are more compassionate and empathetic. However, the global pandemic has presented many female entrepreneurs with unprecedented challenges, including finding investors, managing 100% remote workforces and slashing operating costs overnight. These challenges are requiring women to make quick financial decisions grounded in data.


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JAXenter

Women are underrepresented in the tech sector — myth or reality? Three years ago, we launched a diversity series aimed at bringing the most inspirational and powerful women in the tech scene to your attention. Today, we’d like you to meet Chloe Alpert, CEO and Co-founder of Medinas, Inc.


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Wharton School (UPenn)

In most recessions, the hardest-hit sectors are ones like manufacturing and construction — bands of the employment spectrum traditionally occupied more by men than women. In the Great Recession, large numbers of jobs vanished in those areas plus financial services and durable goods, helping to earn it classification as a “mancession.”


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Several of the articles on this list deal with the impact of COVID-19 on women particularly. Here the Wharton School looks at a working paper that discusses layoffs and working from home.

Thrive Global

I want every little girl and woman to know how amazing it is to be in STEM. I want women to have the confidence to pursue STEM if that is what they want. I also want them to know that if they wanted to run their own company someday, that would be normal.


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Fast Company

A good friend recently turned 50 and, naturally, she considered throwing a party to celebrate the big day. But when she told a female colleague about her plans, the colleague warned her that she might want to keep her big birthday to herself, as it could “seriously undermine” her status at work.


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Noozhawk

Startups run by women still receive venture capital funding at a much lower rate than companies run by men, and there are still the substantial hurdles of sexism and bias embedded into the tech industry culture. Underlying biases need to change.


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Business Insider

“Female-led companies still only achieve 1p in every £1 invested in the UK and so Office Hour events like these are crucial to breaking down those barriers and creating opportunities for those teams to be supported by the investment ecosystem,” Lauren Nicholson, Founders’ Network Lead at Tech Nation said.


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Telangana Today

Hyderabad: At a time when the lockdown is causing disruptions in the startup ecosystem, India’s first state-led incubator for women entrepreneurs WE-Hub is working diligently on various initiatives to help its startups. It is addressing their pandemic-related challenges and then extensively mapping solutions for them so as to keep their business afloat.


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Venture Beat

Google today announced the release of English-to-Spanish, Finnish, Hungarian, and Persian-to-English gender-specific translations in Google Translate that leverage a new paradigm to address gender bias by rewriting or post-editing the initial translation. The tech giant claims the approach is more scalable than an earlier technique underpinning Google Translate’s gender-specific Turkish-to-English translations, chiefly because it doesn’t rely on a data-intensive gender-neutrality detector.


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FinTech Futures

With both financial services and technology traditionally male-dominated industries, it’s perhaps no wonder there is a problem with gender diversity in the fintech industry.


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Business Insider

Even though women and men seem to ask for promotions at the same rate, women are still being promoted less than men, and that disparity could be due to gender bias, according to McKinsey.


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Crunchbase

Last year, I spent five months in Silicon Valley and some time in New York interviewing anyone who was willing to talk to me in the VC industry. From Sand Hill Road to Market Street to Greenpoint, the lack of diversity and inclusion was something I not only saw in the offices I visited but also something many people brought up when I told them I was interested in VC ethics. I wrote about my findings in the U.S. last August, but perhaps underestimated how-comparatively-well the U.S. is doing already. Europe is even less developed when it comes to the representation of any diverse group in the venture capital industry.


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AFP

From the hustle and bustle of a startup, Fereshteh Kasrai now works from home, like many Iranian women fighting to keep hard-won tech jobs as the coronavirus outbreak stirs uncertainty.


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Are you familiar with “Iran’s Silicon Valley?” This report from AFP explores a sector of the Iranian economy, affected by sanctions and now COVID-19, where women work alongside men.

NY Times

Foote’s ingenious experiment more than 150 years ago yielded a remarkable discovery that could have helped shape modern climate science had she not been overshadowed.


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Security Boulevard

Jaclyn Damiano, Director of Digital Operations at a large telecommunications firm, talks with Sonatype’s Justin Miller about raising the visibility of diversity within teams. Her research shows that there is still a lot of work to be done to capture the business potential of diversity. She discusses some of these issues, and about the chapter she contributed to the book Epic Failures in DevSecOps, Volume 2.


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Forbes

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is viewed primarily as a global health crisis, having claimed over 130,000 lives worldwide, we are only beginning to understand how this pandemic will deeply impact our nation economically, politically, culturally and socially — and how those far-ranging impacts are dependent on the multitude of identities, situations and communities that make up our country.


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Entrepreneur

Women are undeniably good for business. Numbers consistently show that gender-diverse companies are more likely to experience above-average profitability. Also, from my experience I have observed that women add an important complementary perspective to the business issue at hand, which often results in a wider range of solutions. Thus, it is rational for workplaces to create supportive environments for women in order to attract top talent.


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