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How to hire and keep good women technologists

A problem women commonly face when they join the industry is feeling marginalized and discriminated against. They leave the workforce mid career. A report by the Anita Borg Institute noted that women leave technology companies at twice the rate at which men do. The key reasons are poor working conditions for women, lack of work/life balance, uninteresting work, and bad organizational climate.

[ via WRAL TechWire ]

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Code Liberation Foundation Working to Fix Sexism in Games

Code Liberation Foundation’s Catt Small, Phoenix Perry, Jane Friedhoff, and Nina Freeman are all women who were interested in programming at a young age but were discouraged from the field before college. They’re now all back to making games and hope to fix the damage that prevents women from entering the field.

[ via The Escapist Mag ]

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Closing the gender gap in computer science

The event, organized by Harvard Women in Computer Science, drew some of the most successful women in the field, along with sponsors such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. It included keynote speeches from entrepreneurs and senior executives, mentoring lunches, and an eight-hour “hackathon” Sunday at the Harvard Innovation Lab. Students from 40 U.S. colleges and universities were in attendance.

[ via Harvard Gazette ]

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14 Resources That Women in Tech Should Know About

One of the problems which may be preventing women from getting into tech is “imposter syndrome”. She++, a documentary about women in tech, explains that girls who are just beginning in the field often worry that they can never catch up with men who have been coding most of their lives.

[ via Tech Cocktail ]

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Revamped computer science classes attracting more girls

Berkeley, Stanford and a handful of other universities have experienced a marked uptick in the numbers of female computer science students. Those increases have also coincided with a reimagining of computer science classes, especially introductory ones. In some cases, that meant doing away with aspects of classes that seemed to specifically discourage young women.

[ via San Francisco Chronicle ]

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UCSC students design video game aimed at making astrophysics fun

Kate Compton and April Grow, both students at UCSC’s Center for Games and Playable Media, hope players will feel like they’re “farming” in space as they cultivate star gardens. In doing so, gamers will also learn about nucleosynthesis, the process by which stars forge atoms into the elements that make up the periodic table. But Stellar, which will be soon be available on Google’s Chrome Store, is first and foremost a game — and its programmers hope the approach will help spark children’s interest in science.

[ via San Jose Mercury News ]

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Advocates set goal to educate 10,000 about tech opportunities for women

Allyn said they hope to accomplish this “evangelism program” by spreading career information, tips and other resources through the community’s website, in-person events and social media pages–including Facebook and Twitter–as well as webinars. They are targeting not just women in tech, but also IT professionals who can hire and promote women in IT careers.

[ via Fierce CIO ]