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This Is Why There Aren’t Enough Women In Tech

Last Friday, Valleywag published a post about the tech sector’s increasing abuse of the term “culture fit” as a way to discriminate against potential hires who don’t match the pattern of a successful startup employee. It prompted an outpouring of responses from readers about their own abysmal experiences with the euphemism.

[ via Valleywag ]

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Educate Everyone About Second-Generation Gender Bias

Second-generation bias is embedded in stereotypes and organizational practices that can be hard to detect, but when people are made aware of it, they see possibilities for change. In our work with leadership development programs, we focus on a “small wins” approach to change. In one manufacturing company, a task force learned that leaders tended to hire and promote people, mainly men, whose backgrounds and careers resembled their own. They had good reasons for this behavior: Experienced engineers were hard to find, and time constraints pressured leaders to fill roles quickly.

[ via Harvard Business Review ]

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Tell Me Something I Don’t Know About Women in the Workplace

Taking a more in-depth examination of women and leadership, our September issue focuses on some of the complicated ways gender manifests itself in our workplaces. We’ve gone beyond “leaning in,” “having it all,” and “opting out” to discuss the powerful and unseen barriers women encounter they’re rising through the ranks, particularly a second-generation bias that few young men and women recognize.

[ via Harvard Business Review ]

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Deleting Ada Lovelace from the history of computing

Some people argue that Lovelace did not write the first computer program, that Charles Babbage wrote it for her and she took the credit. Despite ample contemporary evidence in the form of Lovelace’s letters to Babbage while she was writing the Notes, people have many arguments (often tinged with anger and contempt) for why she didn’t write or even understand the first computer program.

[ via Ada Initiative ]

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“Culture Fit” Is a Shitty Excuse for Marginalizing Women in Tech

Taken at face value, “not a culture fit” sings: Nothing personal, you’d probably be happier somewhere else! But what prioritizing “fit” really allows a company to do is reject an applicant for not matching the pattern. For being an “other” in some way. For coming from a different background, looking different, acting different, having different interests, all of which could be considered an asset when a company is trying to target new markets or come up with ideas that solve more than the problem of “being twenty years old, with cash on hand.”

[ via Valleywag ]

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Sexism, privilege and gender in tech

If there was any specialization in the genders, programming would still, to this day, be utterly dominated by women, because they were the first software programmers (hell, they invented programming). As today’s programming environment is dominated by men, and this is a recent development as well as a complete turnaround from how it used to be, which is, being dominated by women, the entire foundation of your belief is a lie, and your belief rests on you deluding yourself over these facts.

[ via Faruk Ates ]

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Essential Practices for Women in Technology

Women can empathize with your experiences in the industry in a way no man can. Having the true listening, true shared experiences, and true empathy I get from women is essential for my emotional health. And being able to provide that for others is essential to my well-being.

[ via Medium ]

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Is this ad for Gmail’s new inbox sexist?

The problem is that opening a video with “inboxes can be overwhelming” then having a woman navigate the space using stereotypical female interests feeds into a larger narrative thread pervasive in tech advertising: That women need some sort of special hand holding or gender specific enticement to use technology.

[ via The Washington Post ]