Etsy CTO Kellan Elliott-McCrea: “There’s a decent chance, based on their experience in industry, that your workplace is going to suck” for women, making it hard to recruit women and increase diversity.
By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network) & Katherine Ullman (Program Associate, Center for WorkLife Law)
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for women in STEM.
Most shockingly, Adria Richards, former developer evangelist at SendGrid, was fired after she publicly reported two men (one of whom was also fired) for making lewd jokes in earshot at a PyCon Conference. Richards has since received nasty messages for speaking out – including some that threatened her safety – in what is now referred to across the web as “Donglegate”
March is the month we celebrate the enormous contributions of women throughout history, but this year it was also a month with more than its fair share of sexism in the news.
By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)
Women’s History Month commemorating our impressive contributions to history is winding to a close. Too bad the celebrations this March were marred by so much sexism – particularly in the world of tech.
This month saw awesome celebrations around the world for International Women’s Day and special events to mark the 100th anniversary of suffragists’ march on Washington, all of which underlines how much has changed for the better. But sadly, here in the present, March has also given us plenty of reasons to remember that there’s still a lot of work left to get to full equality.
While the issues facing female entrepreneurs are complex, a key obstacle lies in that the gatekeepers to capital are predominantly and were historically men.
By Jane Wang (Software Engineer, Etsy)
Funding is a tough nut to crack for many first-time entrepreneurs, and even a tougher nut for those from atypical backgrounds, such as minorities, women, LGBT members.
In a restaurant in south Austin, a group of powerful women
“Diversity isn’t defined as having more women, diversity is defined as having more voices at the table.”
By Jazmin Hupp (Director of Marketing, Tekserve)
Jessica Lawrence spoke about There’s No Ambition Gap: Truth About Women in Tech at SXSW Interactive today. The first question poised is why do we still need to have this “feminist” conversation when women are more than half of college graduates and so on. But when you look at tech conferences, company boards, and most of the c-suites, it’s obvious that our HR masquerade for diversity
Whether it be picking up new skills, throwing away your fear of the unknown, or just betting on the right person or plan, here are a few tips to get your started.
By Jane Wang (Hacker, Etsy)
We all know that women outperform men academically, but for whatever reasons our professional careers seem to be far less rewarding – both financially and personally.
Well, work isn’t school, but it is the place where we spend the majority of our lives. So I ask what is that’s holding us women back
Late applications to Hacker School are still open; you can apply here.
By Lisa Neigut (Android Developer, Etsy)
Jane Wang, a colleague of mine from Hacker School, wrote a compelling article about why you should consider going to Hacker School. If you’re considering Hacker School, and want to know more about why you should attend, I highly recommend her post.
However, if you have already read her post, and still have not applied, I’m assuming there is a reason that Hacker School is not right for you.
Apply early and do your best on the application, but do not agonize over it. Also please don’t wait until the start of Hacker School to start building. Start now. If you want to go to Hacker School, just remember – keep building.
By Jane Wang (Hacker, Etsy)
I have received questions about Hacker School from the ladies at Women 2.0, members of NYTechWomen, and friends of friends through email introductions. I will do my best to address these below.
There’s a focus at Hacker School to ship. People will ask you about what you build every week. You get to ship and tell people about it.
By Jane Wang (Hacker, Etsy)
Women who are interested in programming and computer science should be encouraged to take the leap in the new year and apply to Hacker School now. The application is open until Tuesday, January 1 at 11:59pm EST.
Here are 5 reasons why you should apply
At Hack’n Jill, our hackathon attendees are concentrating on building amazing products and services.
By Eugenia Koo (Co-Founder, Hack’n Jill)
Recently Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave some serious kudos to software engineer Nora Mullaney on Quora for Mullaney’s response to the question, “What advice would seasoned women in tech give to younger girls deciding to make a tech career for themselves?”
The total response thread is delightfully lengthy
When you’re assessing a space (virtual or otherwise) that you’re interested in being part of, one of the things you look for is evidence of other women’s presence. That’s not the only thing you look for but it matters.
By Lauren Bacon (Author, The Boss of You)
I‘ve worked in tech for fifteen years. In those fifteen years, women have remained a small minority in the sector, particularly in technical jobs (read: programmers/engineers/developers). A lot of people I know have bemoaned the numbers, and discussed various ways we might address the gender imbalance, but I haven’t seen a lot of success stories (There are some – don’t get me wrong. Just not a ton.)
A few weeks ago, though, something big and wonderful happened. And it is going to change the ratio.
It happened, by the way, thanks to a bunch of smart