- Woman behind Pakistan’s first hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, shot dead by unknown gunmen | Boing Boing (April 24): “The progressive activist and organizer who ran Pakistan’s first-ever hackathon and led a human rights and a peace-focused nonprofit known as The Second Floor (T2F) was shot dead today by unidentified gunmen in Karachi.”
- ‘I make games, and now I don’t need to hide anymore’ | Boing Boing (April 23): “Nina Freeman has created games about her experience of assault, eating disorders and childhood development — her upcoming work, Cibele, invites the player to explore the files, photos and other intimate materials on a version of her own computer on the way to a story about her first sexual experience.”
- Report: Philadelphia leads the nation in gender diversity among the technology sector | Philadelphia Business Journal (April 14): “The report, called “Scoring Tech Talent,” ranks 50 U.S. markets according to their ability to attract and grow tech talent. Philadelphia was first with 31 percent of the tech occupations in the market being held by women.”
- Women of Silicon Valley: Estefania Ortiz | Medium (April 27): “Estefania is a junior at Stanford University studying Computer Science and founder of the Latin@ Coder Summit. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has had internships at Good Eggs, Facebook, and Microsoft.” Read more about Estefania and other Women of Silicon Valley on this new blog on Medium!
- How to solve Silicon Valley’s diversity challenges? Google has ideas | CNET (April 18): “Google says it knows Silicon Valley needs to do a better job of employing women and minorities. One company program hopes to solve the problem by looking to historically black colleges.”
- The Paradox of Meritocracy | Skepchick (April 23): “It makes sense that companies wanting to promote diversity without seeming to give unfair preference to minorities, would promote the idea of meritocracy, where every employee has an equal chance of succeeding regardless of their race and gender. Subsequently, if women or POC aren’t successful in a meritocratic system then it must be their own fault for not working hard enough rather than a system with built in biases that work against them.”
- For Us, By Us: These Apps Are What Happens When Girls #HackForGirlsRights | Autostraddle (April 24): “The Global Fund for Women called on girl coders from around the world in February to design websites or apps that increase girls’ access to safe spaces online and in their physical communities as part of their International Girls Hackathon. (…) Here’s what the finalists came up with.
- Salesforce CEO Takes Radical Step To Pay Men And Women Equally | Huffington Post (April 23): “Benioff told The Huffington Post that he is methodically examining the pay of all 16,000 employees at his cloud-based software company to ensure pay equality. So far, Benioff said, he’s given some women raises. “I expect to be giving a lot more,” he said. He anticipates that the process will take a couple of years.”
- What Etsy Could Teach Google, Facebook And Twitter About Diversity | International Business Times (April 15): “Tech companies pride themselves on solving big problems, but one in particular has been hard to overcome: a lack of workplace diversity. Which is what makes Etsy, the online marketplace set to hold its IPO this week, so remarkable: Its tech team is 69 percent female and overall the company is 51 percent female – 49 percent male.”
- The Mary Sue Interview: CODE: Debugging The Gender Gap Takes On The Tech Industry’s Treatment Of Women | The Mary Sue (April 22): “One of the most anticipated documentaries to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this year is Robin Hauser Reynolds’ Code: Debugging the Gender Gap. The film addresses head-on the alarming fact that there is a disturbing lack of women studying and working in the computer science field. She also looks at the sexism causing this big problem, rampant in education, business, and popular culture – along with the efforts being made to fix this nationwide problem.”
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