What Got Us Talking at Women 2.0 This Week: May 5 Edition

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By Betsy Mikel (Editor, Women 2.0)

  • In “The Media Has a Woman Problem” Liza Munda wrote for New York Times Sunday Review her take on gender inequality in the newsroom. “A new report by the Women’s Media Center found that male reporters still accounted for 63 percent of bylines in the nation’s top 10 papers and about the same proportion of newsroom staff. All but one of the individual winners of Pulitzer Prizes in journalism this year were male.”

  • SpaceX, home of Women 2.0 conference speaker Gwynne Shotwell is Suing the U.S. Government for a Free Market in Satellite Launches, Quartz reported. Currently the United Launch Alliance (a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing) has an exclusive deal with the Air Force, and SpaceX is trying to free up the market so the Air Force will buy their rockets — and, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, save U.S. taxpayers $300 million per launch.

  • Check out Business Insider’s "The 15 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Companies." Included on the list is Ohio-based Boost Technologies, led by president Anita Emoff, and Technology Group Solutions, a certified minority- and woman-owned enterprise led by president and CEO Leonora Payne.

  • Fast Company takes a look at an… achem… unusual? (and hopefully fake) way to learn to code in “CodeBabes: The More You Learn, The Less the Instructors Wear.” “It blows Silicon Valley's sexism problem out into one website of cleavage-laden horrors.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

  • Tech Cocktail London encourages London to be proud of its growing startup scene in “Dear London Startup Scene: Be More Confident!” According to the post, “The Kauffman Foundation’s recent survey ranked the UK the 9th top startup scene in the world, trailing only two spots behind the US. And London ranked 7th in the Startup Genome’s ranking, where Silicon Valley was #1.”

  • Business Insider chats with Mightybell founder Gina Bianchini in “The Rise Of Bro Culture In Silicon Valley.” She shares her experience as a woman in technology and in Silicon Valley. “I really don’t think the bro culture existed in the same way it does today 14 years ago when I started on this path,” Bianchini said. “I have been incredibly fortunate to come up in a time when it was much more about what can you deliver to somebody and people recognizing that in me.” Bianchini says about four years ago, she started hearing “well she’s a really good lady entrepreneur.”

  • In case you missed it: Recode announces that Lila Tretikov will be the new executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia and supports its volunteer corps. She was formerly chief product officer at SugarCRM and will replace the current executive director Sue Gardner on June 1.

  • One of our favorite Women 2.0 posts this week: In “5 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Startup Got Acquired,” Nancy Vitug discusses some of the unexpected challenges her team faced when Microsoft acquired FrontBridge, where she was a member of the leadership team.

Read anything interesting on the web this week? Let us know in the comments!

 


About the author: Betsy Mikel is the managing editor of Women 2.0 and runs the content consultancy Aveck. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a lifelong obsession with French language and culture. When she's not biking all over every city she visits to find its best taqueria, you can find Betsy on Twitter at @betsym.