This week in our WiCipedia roundup: A new music video puts the lady in boss; products by and for women raise moola; Slack releases a lackluster diversity report; and more.
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Here to answer the age-old question "How much boob is too much boob?" is Rachel Bloom, star of the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. "Ladyboss" is a parody music video about being a woman at work and making it work, hosted by Vanity Fair. It delves into heavy-hitting topics like unsolicited opinions from men and being seen as a boss without being called a bitch. "Ladyboss" is similar in (hilarious) tone to Kristen Bell's recent "Pinksourcing" video, with a message that all women who work, especially in an office, can relate to. Revel in the entire video below. (See WiCipedia: The Women Helping Women Edition.)
A new study from the Kapor Center for Social Impact and Harris Poll analyzes why people who work in tech leave their jobs. The study made some major findings, such as that "unfairness or mistreatment" played the biggest role in why workers said "adios," and that bullying and being passed over for promotions also had a part. While one in ten women experience "unwanted sexual attention" (we've actually seen much higher numbers for harassment), under-represented minorities took the biggest hit and were most likely to "experience workplace humiliation." Sounds like a good reason to leave to us! (See Tales From the Valley: Bias, Sexism & Worse.)
We often hear the argument that there aren't enough women in tech to be able to hire more women in tech. Think again. Melanie Ehrenkranz of Mic has published a list of "1,000 tech and science speakers who aren't men," compiled via recommendations on Twitter. This incredible list is bound to make you smile and feel proud of all of the women who are doing amazing things in the world. Check out the list of 1,023 women (at the time of writing this article), and also another reason why we need more women in tech below. (See WiCipedia: Supergirls, No More Excuses & Media Monitoring and The Cable Show That Wasn't.)
Slack is the latest tech company to release a diversity report, and while the results are a bit lacking, they're in line with peer tech companies. Fortune analyzed the results and while the author admitted that momentum towards a more diverse workforce for the online team collaboration site has been stagnant, there is hope. Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield has received "high praise" from current and former employees, their diversity reporting has gone through a recent overhaul and the company has received the stamp of approval from people of color who have worked there. Still, "Of its hundreds of employees, relatively few are people of color and, while it has a very strong showing for women in technical and management roles, few women hold leadership roles." (See Tech Leaders: Diversity Critical to Product Dev.)
Re: Smart appliances for women That's my point, Eryn. The idea that there should be one category of laptops for men and another for women is ridiculous – particularly if the women's laptop is dumbed-down.
I do know some women who have feminine stickers and such on their laptops, and that's fine. But under those stickers, it's the same laptop as the men use.
Re: Smart appliances for women I'm not sure I get the correlation. Laptops are gender-neutral in that both men and women use them the same way, regardless of how they look on the outside, whereas a product that is mostly used by women might benefit from being designed by a woman.
Year of Femtech Love the femtech ideas -- I'm sure a lot of women would be interested in the fertility wearable. I wonder if it's more accurate that period-tracking apps?
The Lady Boss video is spot-on ("Not now, Derrick!"), capturing that inner struggle women face over holding their ground and feeling like there's this unattainable middle ground between "too nice" and the b-word.