Women in the Tech Workplace


Some people asked me for a list of the resources I used in this presentation, so here they are:



Brotopia, Emily Chang

Lean Out: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Start-Up Culture, Elissa Shevinsky

Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech, Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories, Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack


Why So Many Thirtysomething Women Are Leaving Your Company.”  Christie Hunter Arscott, Harvard Business Review

The 5 Biases Pushing Women Out of STEM.”  Joan C. Williams, Harvard Business Review

Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They’re 100% Qualified.”  Tara Sophia Mohr, Harvard Business Review

"Hacking Tech’s Diversity Problem." Joan C. Williams, Harvard Business Review

"If you think women in tech is just a pipeline problem, you haven’t been paying attention." Rachel Thomas, Medium

"Solving the Pipeline Problem: How to Get More Women in Tech." Anneke Jong, TheMuse.com

"Why Aren't There More Women In Tech? A Tour Of Silicon Valley's Leaky Pipeline" Antonia Cereijido & Alina Selyukh, NPR

"What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science?" Randall Stross, The New York Times



Gender Bias Against Women of Color in Science.”  Joan C. Williams, Katherine W. Phillips & Erika V. Hall. UC Hastings College of the Law. 

The State of Wage Inequality in the Workplace”  Hired.com.

The State of Salaries Report.”  Hired.com.

The Elephant in the Valley


Women in tech - it's been a hot-button issue for quite some time. Are there enough women in tech? It seems pretty clear the answer is no. In a culture of harassment, booth babes, and tech bros, what can companies do to fix things within their own ranks?

Why do some companies seem to have no issue recruiting and retaining female employees when others struggle? What attracts women to tech companies? What repels them and makes them less likely to respond to a job posting? What affect does striving for meritocracy have on diversity?

We'll talk about the myth of the "pipeline problem," address policies and benefits that may be more inclusive such as childcare and leave, your company culture and how it is perceived, and more things specific to the tech world, including things that have worked very well for some companies.


This talk is for everyone - business leaders, those who recruit and hire, those who are recruited and hired, and those who want to know more about what is going on in the tech world today and how to fix it.

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When & Where

Tuesday, 10 April, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00
101D | Contegix