This week in our WiC roundup: Grace Hopper picture book is released; Israeli girls study more but expect less; female VCs come out on top; and more.
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A new study out of Israel by the Cyber Education Center of the Rashi Foundation finds that though female high school students study STEM more than their male counterparts, they also "rely more on private tutoring and have less confidence in their ability to succeed." The Times of Israel summarized the study, which was conducted around a specific STEM exam that all Israeli high schoolers must take. While the study does not reveal the results of the exam by gender, it does say that "more boys than girls (71% vs. 54%) thought there was a strong likelihood they will go on to a career in computers and math, whether in academia or in industry." (See WiCipedia: Orthodox Women Code & Pop Culture Tech Queens.)
Nazanin Daneshvar, the "most highly acclaimed female Iranian Internet entrepreneur known to date," has experienced her share of workplace struggles. We Are The City recently interviewed the startup founder about breaking glass ceilings in a country that often tries to hold women down. Daneshvar attributes her success to having a father who treated her like a son and persevering despite not being taken seriously at the office. Now, her goal is to help other Iranian female founders, who are a very small percentage of the workforce considering women only account for 12% of employed Iranians. (See WiC Leading Lights Finalists 2017: Hedy Lamarr Award for Female Tech Pioneer of the Year.)
Women in tech have a difficult time securing funding -- that's no surprise. Luckily, there are a few female venture capitalists whose mission is to help female founders. Meet Shelly Kapoor Collins, a San Francisco-based managing partner at Propeller Venture Capital. Collins specializes in women's startups, a minority in itself. And she can identify with that, given that only 7% of VCs are female, according to TechCrunch, says The San Francisco Chronicle. Collins created a network solely for woman-run businesses called the Shatter Fund (with the catchy slogan #WomenWhoShatter). Another female entrepreneur, Eileen Gordon, agrees with Collins because she realizes that female consumers need products designed by women to be successful: "If you're talking about a business catering to a female sensibility... it is helpful to have a woman in the room. They often have an instinct about it." (See WiCipedia: 'Ladyboss,' Femtech & Diversity at Slack.)
Speaking of female VCs, Newsweek interviewed Constance Freedman, co-founder of Moderne Ventures, a female-run venture capitalist company that just raised $33 million in its first round of funding. Freedman told Newsweek all about her experience as a female VC, and one thing stood out: men waste time. "The number of [investors] that I approached in raising this fund who actually just wanted to turn it around and ask me for a date or go on their yacht in Nice or make some kind of pass at me -- it was really frustrating... I wanted the money, but not that bad!... The amount of time people waste when they're not even serious about investing is probably the most frustrating part of that process for me." It looks like Freeman made it work though, because now she's the one people are asking for money. (See The Rise of Women Startups.)
LONDON, 12/4/2017 – There are skill shortages in many emerging technology areas, such as artificial intelligence, notes Carolyn Dawson, managing director of the TMT unit for KNect 365, an Informa business. Attracting and training more women to the tech field will help the industry grow faster and better explore a broader range of possibilities. Dawson heads the ...
In a digital economy, a company's success is based on its relationship with the end user and the experience that customer has in using a product or service, says Sigma Systems CTO Catherine Michel, speaking as a panelist at Light Reading's Women in Communications luncheon in London earlier this month. A male-dominated environment will miss out on key aspects of ...
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.