This week in our WiCipedia roundup: We've got the pay gap prognosis; tips galore for eradicating bro culture; how working from home encourages diversity; and more.
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It's no secret that the gender pay gap still has a long way to go, and recent predictions about when that gap will close put it at 2044 -- 27 years from now. New research from Accenture says that women currently in college in developed countries who are set to graduate in 2020 could be the first to close the gender gap. But isn't 27 years too long to wait? Sadly, 2044 is actually the accelerated estimate, and that's only if women heed some very specific career advice, including being digitally fluent, immersing themselves in tech and managing their careers and online personas with an eagle eye. There are plenty more tips as well, from finding a mentor to taking continuing education classes and building an online company. In other words, the pressure is on and the work is a-plenty, but there's an end in sight. (See How Much Is Everyone Getting Paid? and WiCipedia: Internet by Bicycle, Pay Gaps & Misogyny in the Valley.)
If all it takes is aspiring to be in a leadership position, sounds like it's time to make that vision a reality.
A new article from The Register argues that it's not currently ethical to suggest tech as a career for young women because of the harassment they will undoubtedly endure. Though the author advocates for changes, including a dismantling of bro culture and severe consequences for harassment, he does not believe that women should be encouraged to "go to work in companies that have revealed themselves as toxic hives of sexism, misogyny and harassment." Among more specific suggestions, the author leaves us with one major request of men in order for change to really take place: "There's only one way through this: for the next twenty years, men must be on their best behaviour. A big ask, to be sure, but considering what women have been through -- and continue to go through -- also the least we can do." What are your thoughts on this controversial topic? (See Tech Leaders: Diversity Critical to Product Dev, Tech Leaders: Gender Diversity Could Add Billions to Economy and WiCipedia: The Case for Grit, Don't Call It Quits & Lawless Politics.)
So what can companies do about bro culture exactly? The Guardian released a step-by-step plan this week targeted at tech companies that want to avoid the dreaded harassment scandal and reframe their relationship to gender diversity. The checklist involves surveying current and past female employees to find out what's really going on behind the scenes, and then accepting the results instead of sweeping them under the rug; getting deep with HR -- are they pro-diversity or one of the root causes of discrimination cases not being taken seriously?; and instituting a "zero-tolerance policy" for any act of harassment or discrimination. If every tech company were to make these widespread changes to their ecosystem, imagine how perspectives and expectations might shift. (See Silicon Valley Writer Foresees End of Bro Culture and A Women in Comms Glossary.)
There's another way to encourage gender diversity, and that's having the option for employees to work remotely. According to Forbes, "Remote work is a chance for the tech industry to close its infamous gender gap." This is due in large part to being able to balance a career and raise children; working from home makes it substantially easier to maintain both. In fact, a study by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee "found that one-third of women surveyed had left the tech industry because companies were not flexible enough to accommodate an adequate work-life balance." Not to mention that working from home saves countless dollars for both employees and companies. It's no surprise that companies that don't promote flexible policies are fading into the background (cough, cough, Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO)). (See WiCipedia: How to Make Companies Work for Women and Marissa Mayer & the Terrible, Horrible Day.)
Re: terrible advice Diversity in tech is direly needed. You see some of this news about company culture like at Uber and you think about how a company like that can survive.
Who would want to work at a place like that? Top talent doesn't want to have to deal with the political environment of a company like that - which is going to start being reflected in the company's overall product at some point!
ErynLeavens, User Rank: Light Sabre 3/17/2017 | 12:19:35 PM
Re: terrible advice I actually didn't have a strong reaction to this article. I don't think he was telling women to change; I think he was saying that men and the culture have to change in order to make it a place where we should be telling women to go. While I do agree that that doesn't actually do us any good because the culture isn't going to improve without women, I think it was more of a devil's advocate/tongue in cheek article. For instance, men being on good behavior for 20 years? Ha!
terrible advice Hmm that Register article is pretty disappointing to see, and I imagine it kicked up a lot of controversy. It seems like such a cop out and bad attitude to teach young girls that if a system isn't working for women to just avoid that system. It puts the onus on them and is so limiting. Plus, tech jobs tend to be very well paid, and there are a lot of reasons women should be excited about working in such a dynamic, influential and ever-changing field. The culture needs to change, not female expectations.
DENVER -- The tech industry is a vibrant, fast-paced place to be, but the industry could benefit from institutional changes to support more diversity, says Equinix CMO Sara Baack. Recent scandals have brought to light the need for more diversity, and Baack hopes this increased visibility will be the impetus for lasting change. In leadership, Baack encourages her ...
NEW YORK -- Sprint's Director of Technology Innovation & Architecture - Strategy, Planning and Development, Ginger McClendon, talks about how the future of network design will evolve with the advent of 5G and distributed architectures, while explaining the importance of learning from cellular surprises of the past.
NEW YORK -- Sprint's Director of Technology Innovation & Architecture - Strategy, Planning and Development, Ginger McClendon, explains that while she's noticed more women at tech conferences, the telecom industry can still be a difficult place for women to break into and continues to have a culture of being cutthroat. McClendon discusses why listening to her inner ...
LONDON -- Sigma Systems works to help CSPs become digital service providers, and that means tracking not just technology but many other trends and expectations, says CTO Catherine Michel. The biggest challenge today is doing all of that at a much faster pace than ever before.
DENVER, 10/5/2017 Jill Stark, region president of enterprise sales for Sprint, shares her approach to leading a diverse team. In addition, Stark addresses the importance of seeking out mentors, and encourages women in the communications industry to take risks and step out of their comfort zone in order to meet their career goals.
LONDON, 9/26/2017 At the recent Digital Futures event in London, Alexandra Rehak, IoT practice head at research house Ovum, talks about the ways in which network operators could generate new revenues from IoT.
New York is Silicon Alley. Israel? Silicon Wadi. And in Santiago, it's Chilecon Valley. Thirty years after the end of Pinochet's dictatorship, Chile has become one of South America's most vibrant economies. For the past six years, the government has given interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to entice startups to move to Santiago. Light Reading traveled to Chile ...
It's an art and a science to make mentorship, inclusive leadership, diversity and promotion of high-potential women work, says Honore' LaBourdette, vice president of Global Market Development at VMware.
Supporting women both inside and outside of Fujitsu is a top priority of the telecom vendor. Yanbing Li, Fujitsu Network Communication's director of System Software Development & Delivery, shares why it's important, but why there's still a long road ahead.
Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Computing System Product Group, shares why mentoring in all its forms is important for women and what Cisco is doing that's made a difference for women in tech.