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What’s Really Holding Women Back?
The linchpin of those protective measures was a belief in women’s natural fitness for family, and in men’s for work. At the employee level, they appeared as unconscious psychological defense mechanisms that reinforced the gendered work/family split. At the organizational level, they emerged as the universally held belief in the work/family narrative and in the form of policies that, as with accommodations, effectively took women off the partnership path. These employee-level and firm-level dynamics operated together to create the firm’s social defense system.

All parties benefited from these measures in the short run. Firm leaders could deflect responsibility for the lack of women partners on the grounds that it was inescapable. Employees could make some semblance of peace with their decisions: Men could justify as inevitable the sacrifices they’d made in ratcheting up at work, and women could justify as natural the sacrifices they’d made in ratcheting down. And all the while, the firm’s long-hours culture remained unchallenged.
women  career 
5 weeks ago by pfctdayelise
Lean In Finds Women Are Often the Only One at Work | Fortune
Female Employees Who Are the Only Woman at Work Are 50% More Likely to Consider Quitting
diversity  women  work 
september 2019 by pfctdayelise
Home - Professional Women
Gender and diversity for professionals

Broadening the mix of those working in engineering, science, IT, architecture and other technical professions will be critical to realising our national innovation capability and productivity potential. To do this, we need to look at ways to tackle entrenched biases in work practices, provide flexible work arrangements that facilitate participation and inclusion, and address cultural impediments to attracting and retaining as diverse a workforce as possible. These are matters not only of justice and equity but of labour market supply and improving the nation’s bottom line.

Professionals Australia is committed to promoting the work of women in the professions, encouraging young women to study and develop STEM skills and supporting the retention of women in the professional workforce.
diversity  women  australia  unions  technology 
december 2018 by pfctdayelise
Why Women Stay Out of the Spotlight at Work
The women in our study were keenly aware of the rewards of visibility. They knew that being noticed — for example, by interjecting during meetings and taking credit for accomplishments — was a conventional strategy for professional advancement. Still, many women consciously rejected that strategy.

Instead, they opted for a risk-averse, conflict-avoidant strategy in the office. Women employed this “intentional invisibility” when they avoided conflict with colleagues, softened their assertiveness with niceness, and “got stuff done” by quietly moving things forward without drawing attention to themselves. The consequence of this approach was that they often ended up feeling well-liked but underappreciated.

Why did women choose this approach? We identified three motivations: to avoid conflict or backlash, to feel authentic at work, and to balance professional and personal demands.
women  work 
november 2018 by pfctdayelise
Tech Leavers | Kapor Center
The Tech Leavers Study is a first-of-its-kind national study examining why people voluntarily left their jobs in tech. The Kapor Center for Social Impact and Harris Poll surveyed a representative sample of more than 2,000 U.S. adults who have left a job in a technology-related industry or function within the last three years.

What did we learn?

Workplace culture drives turnover, significantly affecting the retention of underrepresented groups, and costing the industry more than $16 billion each year.
diversity  hiring  women  work 
june 2017 by pfctdayelise
Hunger Makes Me | Hazlitt
Hunger Makes Me
By Jess Zimmerman

A man’s appetite can be hearty, but a woman with an appetite—for food, for sex, for simple attention—is always voracious: she always overreaches, because it is not supposed to exist.
women  feminism 
july 2016 by pfctdayelise
Toptal Scholarships For Female Developers | Toptal
Toptal are offering 12 scholarships worth $5000 and one-on-one mentoring, over 12 months, to girls and women aged 13 and over anywhere in the world.
geekfeminism  scholarship  women 
october 2015 by pfctdayelise
Weather forecasters predict better services for women
"Conference on the Gender Dimensions of Weather and Climate Services
Universal Access" organised by the World Meteorological Organization.
weather  women  geekfeminism 
november 2014 by pfctdayelise
Why Women Should 'Get the Hell Out' of Ageist, Sexist Companies |
She burns this up:

I really object to this idea that it's all about confidence. The issue here is that bias is innate and unconscious.

Where it really benefits a woman to be older is you just don't give a f---. The single best moment in my life is when I realized I no longer gave a damn what anyone else thought. You will never own the future if you care what other people think.

It's not about what women need to do. It's about what the tech world needs to do. They are missing out big time. There is a huge amount of money to be made by taking women seriously.
aging  women 
november 2014 by pfctdayelise
On Balancing Career and Family as a Woman of Color -
Certainly, being confronted with a racist potential babysitter won't top most people's lists of most challenging life moments. It doesn't even top mine. But the incident was a painful reminder that for women of color—including women who are as privileged as I am, working in the same kinds of high-pressure circles—questions about work and life and career can be far more complicated than for similarly situated white women.
geekfeminism  women  work  race  usa 
august 2014 by pfctdayelise
Women in male-dominated industries: A toolkit of strategies (2013) | Australian Human Rights Commission
"This toolkit is designed to assist leaders in organisations to develop and implement constructive and sustainable strategies to increase the representation of women in non-traditional roles in male-dominated industries. It provides practical suggestions and examples of different kinds of workplace strategies and mechanisms across four areas of: attraction, recruitment, retention and development of women. "
geekfeminism  women  work  australia 
june 2014 by pfctdayelise
"A community dedicated to ensuring women are always part of the public dialog" - halls of 'fame and shame' for conferences, panels etc which don't have many/any women
geekfeminism  women  conferences  speaking 
march 2014 by pfctdayelise
Motherboard Podcast | Conversations with mothers in the tech industry
The Motherboard Podcast, "A podcast of conversations with mothers working in technology, sharing their stories, challenges, triumphs, and ideas for change", which held a successful Kickstarter campaign in Dec 2013, has just published its first interview, with UX designer Máirín Duffy.
geekfeminism  women  podcast  motherhood 
march 2014 by pfctdayelise
Australia's top 50 female programmers - Pollenizer
it's a good thing I update my LinkedIn profile regularly... *cough*
briannalaugher  australia  women  programming 
march 2014 by pfctdayelise
Where My Ladies At? | MetaFilter
"Recently Emily Graslie, of the fantastic natural history tumblr and youtube series TheBrainScoop, was asked a question about whether she had personally experienced sexism in her field. Her response is fucking amazing."
geekfeminism  women  science 
december 2013 by pfctdayelise
A report based on interviews with 9 women in CIO/CEO roles in Australia.
geekfeminism  australia  women  ict 
december 2013 by pfctdayelise
Research » Anita Borg Institute
ABI research provides data-driven actionable insights on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of technical women in organizations. Through original research as well as through partnering with peer organizations, we provide knowledge for changing the culture of technology into one that leverages gender diversity for greater innovation.
research  geekfeminism  women  IT  gender 
october 2013 by pfctdayelise
Why Women Quit Technology - Computerworld
Research on why women drop out between 35-40 (article from 2008)
geekfeminism  women  IT 
october 2013 by pfctdayelise
Taking out tokenism: Why some people are changing their minds on quotas
Last year, the company (which has 2000 employees) hired 200 graduates worldwide. Sixty per cent of those graduates were women. “It is interesting but more than anything else, it is a psychological change,” Stephens says. “In Australia last year, more than 50 per cent of our hires overall [not just graduates] were women. Three years earlier, we said that wasn’t possible, that it couldn’t be done.” Related -
quotas  australia  geekfeminism  women 
april 2013 by pfctdayelise
'The Finkbeiner Test' : Columbia Journalism Review
The fact that she’s a woman Her husband’s job Her child-care arrangements How she nurtures her underlings How she was taken aback by the competitiveness in her field How she’s such a role model for other women How she’s the “first woman to…”
journalism  women  geekfeminism  science 
april 2013 by pfctdayelise
agentfin | The UX of Community in Contested Space
Excellent essay explaining the parallels between marked bike lanes (and how they change the behaviour of drivers to cyclists) and a code of conduct (cf tech community behaviour to women).
cycling  women  geekfeminism 
april 2013 by pfctdayelise
Despite the values of freedom and openness, the free culture movement’s gender balance is as skewed (or more so) as that of the computing culture from which it arose. Based on the collection and analysis of discourse on gender and sexism within this movement over a six–year period. I suggest three possible causes: (a) some geek identities can be narrow and unappealing; (b) open communities are especially susceptible to difficult people; and, (c) the ideas of freedom and openness can be used to dismiss concerns and rationalize the gender gap as a matter of preference and choice.
freeculture  feminism  wikipedia  women 
january 2013 by pfctdayelise
Why Brit Ruby 2013 was cancelled and why this is not ok — Gist
As Joseph Reagle said in his blog on the topic, "[G]iven that controversy frightens sponsors and distracts from organizing a good conference, I think it is increasingly likely that organizers will have to give some thought to speaker diversity from the start -- just as many now do with anti-harassment policies."
geekfeminism  women  conferences  ruby  geekculture 
november 2012 by pfctdayelise
Role models are important | Tammy Butow
Tammy Butow is collecting photos of women who work with technology (in Australia) for a video that will be showcased at the 'Go Girl' event on June 18-19.

"Wondering what kind of roles we are looking to showcase? The girls that are attending Go Girl are in years 8-11 and most do not know what careers are available. Did what you do exist when you were in year 8? I make HTML5 mobile apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.. that sure didn’t exist when I was in year 8. Let’s showcase a range of different careers…any roles where students could study a course or degree in technology and it would benefit them. It can be something you do for money, or something you do for fun or as part of your volunteering. If having knowledge of technology helps you in what you do – then please send in your photo!"
women  melbourne  ggd  geekfeminism 
june 2012 by pfctdayelise
Computer Science for Fun - cs4fn: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering: The Women are here!
The Women are here!
Too important to be left to men

Women have been at the forefront of computer science and electronic engineering from the outset. Does that surprise you? It shouldn't but if it does it's probably due in great part to the power of stereotypes. At the moment too many girls have been believing the stereotypes, which just leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy. Fortunately many ignore them and are continuing to be as successful as the women of history.

Here we celebrate some of the great women of the past, highlight the work of current top researchers and also profile some students who are set to continue the trend. Women may not always shout about their achievements, but boy do they do it well!

After all as leading computer scientist Karen Spärk-Jones said: "Computing's too important to be left to men".

Read lots of articles here or download the pdf of our annual on women in computing.
computerscience  women  geekfeminism 
april 2012 by pfctdayelise
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