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The New Republic

Susan Fowler grew up in deep poverty in rural Yarnell, Arizona, one of seven children of a preacher and his wife in the 1990s. She once overheard her mother say the family had made just $5,000 that year; there were times when there was no food in the refrigerator or when they had no running water, electricity, or functioning sewer. She was homeschooled by her mother until her early teens, at which point her mother had to go to work and, thanks to mysterious red tape, she had to educate herself because the local schools wouldn’t enroll her. Fowler is self-taught in almost everything she knows.


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Business Insider

Erin Connell is a San Francisco employment partner and Katie Mantoan is a Portland employment counsel at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.


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Nature

Here, we propose a new meeting format as a means to achieve greater inclusivity at reduced carbon footprint, and hence greater benefits relative to the aforementioned costs of international conferences. Our model allows a concerted and integrative approach for disciplinary and interdisciplinary conferences to improve sustainability and to close knowledge gaps and bridge barriers to exchange across cultural backgrounds.


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Inclusiveness in meetings is often a problem, but what can you *do* about it in a structural way? Here researchers in Nature put forward the ABCD (All continents, Balanced gender, low Carbon transport, Diverse backgrounds) process.

Reuters

KARACHI – When Kainat Naz joined a women-friendly technology boot camp a year ago, she had no idea it would completely change her life and her views on how women can work in conservative Pakistan.


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Grit Daily

We keep hearing a lot about the lack of diversity — the leadership gap- and low rate of women executives in the tech industry.


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Entrepreneur

As unemployment surges, millions are scrambling to adapt and figure out who is is hiring, while also trying to navigate what it means to work in predominately remote environments — uncharted territory for many Americans.


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The Next Web

Increasingly, however, accelerators are being set up with the goal of tackling the issue that, while being the fastest-growing in Europe, the UK startup scene is far from diverse. Only a quarter of startups in the UK have a female in their founding team and just 13% of investment in 2018 went to female-founded businesses. Furthermore, it is estimated that just 5% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are minority ethnic group led.


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Fast Company

As CEO of All Raise, a two-year-old nonprofit formed to accelerate the success of female founders and funders, I have spent a lot of time over the last few days speaking with female founders in the network. My advice to them has been blunt: If you can, pause your fundraising efforts unless you are getting a fair deal. You have one shot of getting on the right footing with an investor. This is sound advice, but it still pains me to give it. Because I know the odds are already stacked against female founders when it comes to fundraising.


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POLITICO

A conversation with Facebook’s Fidji Simo on tech, coronavirus and Facebook’s response to misinformation and anti-quarantine protests.


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FinTech Futures

Back in 2016, we wrote that the fintech industry had the opportunity to be a force for change on gender balance. We hoped that by starting with a blank slate, with the ability to channel the disruption mindset to rethink legacy approaches, fintech firms would move the needle toward gender balance.


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Financial Times ($)

Two books explore the lingering gender divide between working mothers and fathers


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Express Computer

In this era when the concept of equality and neutrality have been buzz words, are there some prejudices that are still existent. What to do about them; rather how do we combat them? Ms. Diksha Deo, founder, INCUBSENCE share some valuable suggestions in an e-interaction with Express Computer’s Gairika Mitra.


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Tech Cabal

The vaginal speculum, a duck bill-shaped like metal device for pelvic examinations, has a history of controversy as long standing as its innovator, an American gynecologist named James Marion Sims.


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Forbes

The Drone Racing League has named Rachel Jacobson, a longtime NBA executive, as its new president, I have learned.


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One of the little niches of the tech world that pops up from time to time is the world of drones. Here Rachel Jacobson speaks to Forbes about taking the helm at the “sport of the future.”

Your Story

Tithi Tewari had an illustrious 15-year stint as an architect before she decided to launch a startup with her husband Gautam Tewari. She was the Senior Director and India Business Head at one of Asia’s largest design and building firms, and has designed corporate offices for Fortune 500, Indian blue-chip companies, MNCs like GE in Pune, GSK in Gurgaon, Indigo iFly Training Centre in Gurgaon, Quikr campus in Bengaluru along with schools like The Shri Ram School in Aravali, Gurgaon which was her first project as an architect.


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UN Women

My entire generation and the generations to come have a really important role in these conversations, because we have new perspectives and new ideas. If we make all voices heard, who knows what incredible possibilities lie ahead. Anyone— a child, a girl, could come up with an amazing idea that could revolutionize the world.


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South China Morning Post

Research shows that inclusiveness and attention to gender equality raise team performance and do not just contribute to companies’ bottom lines, but also create value for the whole of society


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The Times (UK)

Some of the City’s highest-profile women have blasted the chancellor’s tech industry rescue fund, claiming it risks setting back progress on diversity and “exacerbating existing inequalities”.


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New Indian Express

HYDERABAD: After the Ministry of Home Affairs warned that the widely-used video conferencing platform, Zoom, was not safe, schools and corporates are looking for new platforms to continue their operations. After the Covid-19 outbreak, more and more companies are relying on digital platforms.


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Silicon Angle

A couple of decades ago, the thought of open-source software being embraced by traditional enterprise was almost laughable. But, as the value of collaboration becomes accepted by the corporate world, companies are increasingly putting diverse sets’ of open-source experts on the payroll.


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Another part of the tech world is open source. Here Silicon Angle explores the Women in Open Source awards, including those using open source in COVID research.

NY Times

Despite her unwavering radicalism, there are almost as many Barbara Ehrenreichs as there are Barbara Ehrenreich books. There’s the muckraking undercover journalist (“Nickel and Dimed,” “Bait and Switch”); the participant-observer of the professional-managerial class (“Fear of Falling”); the autodidact pursuing her expansive curiosity by studying enormous subjects as varied as war and collective joy (“Blood Rites,” “Dancing in the Streets”). Ehrenreich has written about her experiences as a breast cancer patient (“Bright-Sided,” “Natural Causes”) and as a sullen teenager who was desperately searching for meaning (“Living With a Wild God”). In the early 1990s she even published “Kipper’s Game,” a novel of environmental degradation and suburban malaise.


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Gadgets Now

When Rupa Santosh graduated high school in Bengaluru in the early 90s, she was expected to pursue a medical degree, like most women at that time. It’s the age-old stereotype of relating technology to men and more ‘feminine’ roles to women, she says. Much to her parents’ surprise, Rupa, decided to pursue engineering. “Initially, they weren’t happy with the decision. But they eventually came around to the fact that this is what I’m passionate about,” she says.


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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

TROY, N.Y. — Women are underrepresented in leadership positions throughout the information technology industry. While more and more women are earning degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math — or STEM — fields, they don’t necessarily pursue careers in IT, because they don’t see opportunities for growth.


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Jerusalem Post

It will also work to pay attention to gender gaps, with the solar funding mechanisms for households strengthening support for female-headed households and Gaza, and will be expanded to the West Bank. The program also encourages private sector participation in the renewable energy field, seeking to support women entrepreneurs and engineers.


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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 Theresa Miller, Principal Technologist at Cohesity.


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