These actions are certainly welcome, yet what's not said: the gender gap is still a real problem in the tech industry. According to recent diversity reports, women are still underrepresented in technical and leadership roles.
Google's overall workforce, for example, is currently 21
This issue was the primary topic of a [These are just a few examples.] 60 Minutes piece that aired on March 3rd 2019, which focuses on "closing the gender gap in the tech industry." In the 12-minute piece, 60 Minutes chose to highlight the work of Code.org, a non-profit organization that works to introduce students to all genders to coding. In doing so, 60 Minutes so featured Hadi Partovi, Code.org's male founder.
"The producers left to work on the gender gap in tech, in a segment on the gender gap in tech, "said Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, a non-profit dedicated to the cause.
In a Medium post following the 60 Minutes episode, Saujani wrote: "It is patently ridiculous to see the network uplift They are negligent, they are sexist, and they have consequences to close the gap in tech
Reshma Saujani – Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code
Ayah Bdeir, the CEO and Founder of Little Bits, who has worked on the cutting room floor for 60 minutes for almost a year. In fact, they said producers said that the 60 Minutes segment was going to be about her and her company. In the end, Code.org became the focus of the story, and her interview was "a casualty." Bdeir acknowledges the work of Code.org and thinks it's commendable
One of the major problems with omitting the voices of women in the 60 Minutes piece is that it ends up oversimplifying the gender gap issue. It implied that we would get more women in technology by reaching girls when they were still in kindergarten and school. This is commonly known as the "pipeline problem," which is why there is a lack of diversity because there are not enough people who are interested in tech. As Bdeir and Saujani explain
"Even when girls have the same skill set, they think they're not good enough," Bdeir told Engadget. They're getting better to high standards. " Bdeir explained that she does not have a co-founder, or she's married, or what her husband does for a living. The hardware space is very male-dominated. "
Lisa Q. Fetterman – Co-founder and CEO of Nomiku
"I think there is an imbalance in who gets funded with what idea in Silicon Valley, "said Lisa Q. Fetterman, the CEO and co-founder of Nomiku, a maker of smart sous vide machines. The numbers support her claim: women-led startups only raised 2.2 percent of venture capital investment in 2018. "Every startup is difficult and hard to run, but women are getting into the arena with their hands tied behind their backs." Despite her successes, for example, Fetterman said she was "because of this space."
"I feel so devastated about the 60 Minutes piece, "said Kamilah Taylor, co-founder of Swaay. "It's just not the whole story," she told Engadget. For example, in middle school, they did not enroll in an honors stream advanced class because they thought they "would not be interested."
They almost missed out on enrolling in a prestigious magnet school because they did not know what was on option.
" There's no paint or interest or exposure, "said Taylor." Students have been zoned out. I was the one or two black students [in the STEM classes] even though my high school was 50 percent black. "
" The guys were assholes , They kept telling us we did not deserve to be there. "As a software engineer in Silicon Valley, she kept getting mixed feedback
"They wanted to take on leadership roles, but also told me I was doing too much and needed to scale back," Taylor said. I was told I was being too aggressive. I've heard stories like this, but it's wild to get it in your face. It's a real thing. I completely understand why women leave this field.
Tracy Chou, the CEO and co-founder of Block Party, is looking for a job in Harassment, faced Chou is a graduate of computer science and engineering from Stanford, and is She is a co-founder of Project Include, an organization that seeks to promote diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. "Her resumes include Facebook, Google, Y Combinator, and Pinterest feels she deserves.