Tuesday 14 October 2014
Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Write about an inspiring woman in STEM
Every year we encourage you to take part, no matter where you are, by writing something about a woman, or women, in STEM whose achievements you admire. When your blog post is ready, you can add it to our list, and once we’re properly underway, you’ll be able to browse our list to see who inspires other people!
Found this article to be of interest and wanted to share:
A recent CNBC article, “The growing case for diversity as a profit source” shared the 50 most diverse corporations as found by DiversityInc. One interesting finding, technology companies, especially Silicon Valley ones, were hard to find. Having diverse viewpoints is critical to decision making, allowing for more options to be brought to the table.
Being seen as a company that values diversity could become a factor for investors, making a difference to your company’s bottom line.
Hiring a diverse workforce is critical, but keeping an eye on your products and their impact of the lives of their consumers might be another way to keep shareholders and customers happy. Making products that enhance diverse populations’ lives is always a plus.
How can you impact diversity where you work?
Today, April 8th is Equal Pay Day. It symbolizes the wage gap between men and women in our country. According to the Women’s Fund, “In central Ohio, women working full-time, on average make 78 cents for every dollar a man earns.”
For more about the day and how we can change this statistic, check out this web site:
In recognition of Women’s History month, I thought the article posted on the Ri channel would be a good way to celebrate scientific achievements of women. It’s not really a list of only ten names, but it has a great many very talented women listed.
I hadn’t been on this site before so was curious about what Ri stood for. It’s The Royal Institution of Great Britain- Science Lives Here. The Royal Institution was founded in March 1799 with the aim of introducing new technologies and teaching science to the general public.
I’m still not sure what the story is for their Christmas lectures, but that has me intrigued as well. Enjoy exploring their site and let me know what you discover.
The 2014 theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment”.
Share how your favorite woman role model displayed character, courage and commitment.
I want to encourage you to attend the upcoming Voices Conference online.
Registration is free! Recordings will be available to those who register so you won’t miss a thing. No travel, no time off work, no budget needed.
On International Women’s Day, March 7-9 2014 women in tech around the world will gather virtually over 39 hours across every time zone to network, talk about cool technology, participate in personal and professional development sessions such as overcoming the inner critic, negotiation and building your brand. Regional, national and international panels will discuss the state of women in technology now and in the future.
Be part of Voices 2014
International Women’s Day
March 7-9 2014
Women in tech around the world will gather virtually over 39 hours across every time zone to:
- network with people in tech around the world
- talk about cool technology
- participate in personal and professional development sessions such as overcoming the inner critic, negotiation and building your brand
- regional, national and international panels will discuss the state of women in technology now and in the future.
- Be part of the global conversation.
You must register to get access to the sessions here:
For the latest speakers:
Please tell your friends and colleagues!
There are resources available to help you hire more women and to advance your career as a technical woman from the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT)
Here are some examples of the content you might find of interest:
- learn how to reduce unconscious bias in job descriptions and advertisements: (https://www.ncwit.org/resources/ncwit-tips-job-description-analysis). By being aware of practices during the hiring process, you stand a better chance at increasing the number of women in your unit.
- ways to increase your professional visibility: http://www.ncwit.org/resources/top-10-ways-successful-technical-women-increase-their-visibility
- discover what managers can do to increase visibility of women on their staff: http://www.ncwit.org/resources/top-10-ways-managers-can-increase-visibility-technical-women.
- download Resources for Retaining and Advancing Mid-career Technical Women Guide https://www.ncwit.org/resources/resources-retaining-and-advancing-mid-career-technical-women-guide
Think of ways to take on projects that showcase your technical skills or force you to step outside your comfort zone. Look for opportunities to speak and present. Develop and diversify your network, maybe by…
Take the pledge and join other women who are mentoring girls and young women in STEM fields. You can find out more at their website:
Here is their vision and goals statement:
Million Women Mentors will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers.
How will you be involved?
Today would have been Grace Hopper’s 107th birthday. Check out Google’s main page today for their tribute or even better watch her appearance on the David Letterman Show:
Enjoy her special day!