These measures are really welcome, but what is also noteworthy is what is not said: The gender gap is still a real problem in the technology industry. According to the latest diversity reports, women are still underrepresented in most technology companies, especially in technical and leading roles.
Google's total workforce is, for example, 30.9 percent women, representing 21
This issue was the prime topic of a 60 minutes paragraph aired on March 3, 2019, which focused on "closing gender difference in the technology industry ". In the 12-minute paragraph, 60 minutes chose to highlight the work of Code.org, a non-profit organization working to introduce students from all sexes to coding. Thus, contained 60 minutes Hadi Partovi, Code.org's male founder. While the work done by Partovi and Code.org is commendable, the 60-minute piece failed ironically to mention women's lead efforts in the same space.
"The producers left the organizations working to close the gender difference in technology, in a segment of the gender difference in technology," said Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, a non-profit dedicated to the cause. "Our programs and curricula are designed specifically to bring girls into the field and to support them along the way."
In a medium post after the 60 minute episode, Saujani wrote: "It was wise ridiculously to see the network uplifted a man as the leader of a movement to bring more women to technology […] These omissions are not just a surveillance. They are negligent, they are sexist and they have an impact on efforts to close the gender difference in technology, and they are part of a long history of erasing women's contributions in technology. "
One of the major problems of omitting the voices of the women in the 60s The difference is that it ended up overestimating the gender difference problem. This meant that we would get more women in technology by reaching girls when they were still in kindergarten and schools. This is commonly known as "pipeline problem", which is a belief that there is no diversity as there is not enough women or color members interested in technology. However, as Bdeir and Saujani explain, it is only part of the puzzle.
"Even when girls have the same skill, they think they're not good enough," Bdeir told Engadget. "They hear messages they are not good enough. They are kept to higher standards. When you have fewer women in leadership, the environment can become less hospitable to women." Bdeir explained that she would often get questions about why she did not have co-founders or if she is married or what her husband lives for. "I had trouble getting money. The hardware spaces are very male-dominated. I had to prove myself to have technical expertise and to choose investors who believed in my message and who supported me."
"I think there is an imbalance in who is funded by what idea in Silicon Valley", says Lisa Q. Fetterman, CEO and co-founder of Nomiku, a manufacturer of smart sous vide machines. The number supports her claim: Women-led start-up increased only 2.2 per cent of the venture capital investment in 2018. "Each start is difficult and difficult to run, but women enter the arena with their hands tied behind their backs." Despite her successes, for example, Fetterman said she encountered problems trying to fund her start-up, in part, she feels that "there aren't so many people who look like me in this space."
"I feel so devastated about the 60 minute bit," said Kamilah Taylor, a founder of Swaay, a new app that facilitates thought-provoking online conversations. "It frustrates me that they framed the history of computer science education in schools. It's just not the whole story," she told the Engadget. For example, in high school, her teacher did not write her into an honorary advanced math class because they thought she "wouldn't be interested".
She also almost missed writing into a prestigious magnetic school because she didn't know it was an option. It wasn't until her parents struggled on her behalf that she did it through.
Kamilah Taylor – Co-Founder of Swaay
" There is no lack of interest or lack of exposure, "Taylor says." The students have been out. I was often the only or one of two black students [in the STEM classes] even though my high school was 50 percent black. "In addition, she said that many of her classmates at school were very dissuasive." The guys were assholes. They kept telling us we didn't deserve to be there. "During her time at a doctorate in Illinois, her professor confused her with the only other black female student. As a software engineer in Silicon Valley, she continued to receive mixed feedback, noting that a male employee she was mentoring was promoted to her.
"They wanted me to take the lead role, but also told me I did too much and had to scale back," said Taylor. I was told I was too aggressive. I've heard stories like this, but it's wild to get it in your face. It's a real thing. I fully understand why women leave this area. You need to develop this resilience. "
Tracy Chou, CEO and co-founder of Block Party, a task to work with online harassment, faced similar challenges. Chou is a graduate of computer science and electrical engineering from Stanford and is a co-founder of Project Include, an organization that aims to increase diversity and integration in the technology industry. Her CV contains stints on Facebook, Google, Y Combinator and Pinterest. But she says she doesn't get the kind of respect she feels she deserves.
Tracy Chou – CEO and founder of Block Party
" There were very strong headwinds that did m I think I shouldn't do technology, Chou says. "I was so scared by my classmates. I was still killed by engineering." Even at some of her jobs she did not feel like she belonged. "I really like to build things in tech. I like coding. But the social environment was not easy."
As a founder, she encountered another set of problems. "You have to rely heavily on networks to get investment, to gain credibility," she said. In an attempt to find a founder for her start, for example, she tried to work with a male candidate. But he had accidentally sent her a private diary describing her in very incredible and sexist tones. She stopped the partnership and is currently working on getting started.
"Tech is not a meritocracy. Success in technology still depends on relationships and privileges, and it's not easy if you don't have them," Chou said. "But I still think it's worth it. My advice would be to remember why it's worth it – it's so powerful to be a creator of technology! – and to find the good communities out there that can support you through everything. "  "Believe in your own information and your own experience," says Bdeir. "Surround yourself with other women and men who support you. My personal advice – don't let the daily microaggregations interfere with you. Notice it, but don't let it frustrate you or anger you."