This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Kristen Bell releases hilarious "Pinksourcing" video; girls from Oakland to Senegal learn to code; digital tools help new moms acclimate when going back to work; and more.
These tools can also play a part when new moms go back to work. Janica Alvarez, CEO and co-founder of Naya Health, maker of a forthcoming smart breast pump, said, "Eighty percent of women in the US start breastfeeding, but there is a steep decline when they go back to work, because there are not a lot of accommodations in the workplace ... Getting to the data, two things: with the pump alone, we can start tracking user behavior. We know how much mom pumps, when she pumps and we can start informing her about how to best improve her experience." Anything that helps women balance a family and a career is worth looking into in our book. (See GSMA Catches Flack for MWC Babygate .)
On the topic of life at Twitter, Stewart said, "The social media site launched a 'gender-neutral' parental leave, guaranteeing any parent up to 20 weeks of fully paid time off. It also helped new mums who were forced to travel for work with a program that shipped their breast milk home ... We did a lot of unconscious bias training ... so that when people go through the process of hiring and promoting they recognize what their biases are." Surprisingly, Stewart is not a fan of hiring quotas, but she's very much in favor of women supporting other women. "There's a sense of, 'there can only be one'. But we need to support each other and make sure we have women taking up every opportunity that is available." (See WiCipedia: Parental Progress & Parity Payoffs and WiCipedia: Faulty Feminism, Worthy Women & Peculiar Perks.)
— Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, Light Reading