Category Archives: general

CEO Woman

Marissa Meyer is the CEO of Yahoo. When she was hired, she was pregnant with her first child. This lengthy article gives quite a bit of background about how she is viewed as the CEO and what expectations there are for her to turn around the company. As I read, I thought how incredibly complicated things are, largely because of perceptions and expectations (high and low).

When Women are Science Reporters

I don’t know whether to scream or sigh about this NPR story. Actually, I am very impressed with Emily Graslie, a science reporter who now works at the Chicago Field Museum and created a few videos to go along with this story. She is the host of “The Brain Scoop” which can be found on YouTube. And the Field Museum has a great page about Emily’s work within the museum context.

Praising Girls

This article is not directly about women in IT but it does highlight some important research about giving praise to girls in the right way to make a positive difference later on. Praise that helps girls see they should stick with something, even if it gets tough, is more likely to help them in the long run that if they simply heard praise for “being smart” or some other attribute.

Are We in a Whole Different Era?

This story on Fox News caught my eye. There are so many things in this story that make me want to shout “Hey! You bet this is still a problem in 2013!” When one reporter mentions the fact that girls are “dissuaded from math and those kind of majors”, the response is that we are surely in a “whole different era.” 

I used to think that we had made more progress with overcoming barriers for women in the workplace. But while I do believe we’ve made progress in various arenas, I don’t think we’ve gotten very far with women in technology. That’s what this blog is about. Finding the stories, looking at the data, and determining ways in which we can make some greater progress.

 

Where are the women?

This blog is about the search for significant representation of women in key roles in  technology companies. The idea of creating a blog about this is recent, but the idea of looking for women who are playing key tech roles started about 15 years ago.

While working at the NH Department of Education, I naturally received lots of calls and emails from educational technology companies about their products and services, and would also read about new and interesting startups. When a company came to my attention, I would want to know more about them and what they offered. So I developed a habit of looking at a company’s “about” page. Too often, I would notice that there were few, if any, women in key positions of the company. At some point, I recall being quite annoyed and disappointed that the women were missing. Fifteen years later, I am equally disappointed to see that women are still under-represented in key positions. I started this blog to explore why this is still the case.