Hacking the Boys' Club; #HeForShe; Conference panelists; The diversity business case
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Advocating for a more diverse engineering and technology culture.
Issue #9 // February 2, 2016
In a sign that companies are getting serious about diversity, 2 startups providing retention and recruiting software recently reported raising millions of dollars. From TechCrunch: WATCH: Pinterest's Tracy Chou Talks Diversity in Silicon Valley (6 mins)
You might remember Tracy as the engineer who sparked the diversity data revolution a few years ago. After her call for companies to release the numbers behind their employee diversity went viral, several companies started offering the data in the hopes it would lead to change. In this video, Tracy talks both about what inspired her to become an engineer, and about the discrimination she feels in the industry.
Color Lines

How to Be An Excellent Panelist as a Woman in Tech
The 50/50 Pledge project works towards equal representation of men and women at technical conferences. In this article, founding engineer at Mint.com and founder of Femgineer, Poornima Vijayashanker, discusses some advice she has for panelists at conferences.
50/50 Pledge

More Than A Pipeline Problem: In Search Of Diversity In Silicon Valley
The lack of diversity in technology companies is the result of several complex issues of race and discrimination. NPR talks to engineers and leaders at Dropbox, Twitter and Facebook to dispel the myth that the fault lies solely in the number of people of color and women who apply for jobs. Facebook's Maxine Williams reminds us that the pipeline is a serious issue, but there are other factors that discourage a diverse workforce.
NPR

Hacking Technology's Boys' Club
Ellen Ullman's story is a fascinating look into the long struggle for women to be recognized as equals in software engineering. Since 1995, she has written about the need for companies to hire a diverse workforce. As an engineer and a writer, she has brought attention to this subject for many years. You might also enjoy her 2013 NYTimes article entitled, "How to Be a 'Woman Programmer'".
New Republic
 
Diversity - The Gift That Keeps on Giving
TalentCulture CEO Meghan Biro makes the business case that diversity will help your team be more creative and outperform the competition. She cites numerous studies from Harvard Business School, Scientific American and the Center for Talent Innovation.
Huffington Post

Gender equality in Silicon Valley won’t happen in our lifetime, says #HeForShe panel
Women hold less than 15% of executive roles, and a panel of SF-based technologists organized by the #HeForShe movement expresses concern that this won’t change soon. The goal of the #HeForShe campaign is to end gender inequality by involving men in being advocates for change. You can watch Emma Watson give an especially moving speech at the UN at the launch of #HeForShe.
The Next Web

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