In the News: NCWIT Headlines (October 2014)


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This newsletter provides a monthly recap of the biggest headlines about women and computing, news about NCWIT, and links to resources to equip you as change leaders for increasing women’s participation in technology. Practices or content of the news presented are not vetted or endorsed by NCWIT.


Women & IT in the News

Difference Makers in Tech

A recent article from TechRepublic, “40 under 40: Real Difference Makers in Tech and Business,” profiled “leaders affecting change and making positive impacts on the world.” The author, Lyndsey Gilpin, wrote, “They are social entrepreneurs, clean energy leaders, tech startup founders, CEOs, and other influential characters in business. There are some who have made waves this year and others who have flown under the radar. Either way, we think you should know about them.”

When Women Stopped Coding

An episode of Planet Money from mid-October was one of the most popular social media shares of the year on NCWIT’s Facebook. In an update that followed, Steve Henn wrote, “The share of women in computer science started falling at roughly the same moment when personal computers started showing up in U.S. homes in significant numbers. These early personal computers weren’t much more than toys. You could play pong or simple shooting games — maybe do some word processing. And, these toys were marketed almost entirely to men and boys. This idea that computers are for boys became a narrative. It became the story we told ourselves about the computing revolution. It helped define who geeks were, and it created techie culture.”

Women in K-12 Leadership

In mid-September, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) released the findings of its IT Leadership Survey. In the report, CoSN emphasized one major finding: “Men are in more leadership positions and earn more money, yet women are better educated, have been in the field longer, and have held leadership positions for longer.” In an Education Week article about the report, Benjamin Harold wrote, “Female technology leaders working for U.S. school districts appear to earn less money than their male counterparts and face more limited access to the top positions in their field — despite tending to be more experienced and equally, if not better, credentialed.”


NCWIT in the News


10 Male Allies

NCWIT Chief Strategy and Growth Officer Ruthe Farmer published a blog on TechCrunch earlier this month titled, “10 Men Making Waves for Women in Tech.” Inspired to write the piece after the United Nations unveiled their HeForShe campaign, Farmer highlighted a group of male advocates and their efforts for women in computing and IT. On the need for male advocacy she wrote, “Expecting the minority group to do all the outreach and mentoring to increase their own participation is a losing proposition.” She continued, “We all make and inhabit the culture of our industry, and we all need to participate in fixing it. Men are an essential part of the solution.”

Farmer was also profiled in a recent article on TechRepublic about her work with NCWIT. When asked about the importance of getting more girls into tech Farmer said, “Their tech minds are being left out of our innovation, and that is a cost that we really can’t afford.”


Lucy Sanders Profile

NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders was profiled as part of The Glass Hammer’s Women in Tech Month. Sanders spoke about her personal journey and offered advice for those just getting started. “Women who are just starting their careers would be wise to find ways that they can be around leaders in meetings and other occasions, to learn to analyze and respect these norms for when it’s your turn to interact at that executive level.”


NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award

Now on the NCWIT Blog: a great story about the people behind the Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award. The award is given in memory of Mary Jean Harrold and David Notkin, in honor of their outstanding research, graduate mentoring, and diversity contributions. Nominations for the 2015 Award are due November 3, 2014.


NCWIT Programs, Supporters, and Resources

  • NCWIT is still accepting applications for the Awards for Aspirations in Computing. Applications for the High School Award are due November 2, 2014. Applications for the Educator Award are due November 7, 2014. Please continue to spread the word using our sharing package.

  • Google announces their CS Engagement Small Awards Program to support educators teaching introductory computer science courses in reaching their engagement and retention goals. Applications will be accepted through November 15, 2014.

  • Have you been following the recent talk about male allies in IT and computing? Are you looking to start conversations about this topic at your workplace? Check out all of NCWIT’s resources on male allies and advocates here.

  • NCWIT recently launched EngageCSEdu — a dynamic collection of high-quality, open course materials for introductory Computer Science (CS) courses contributed by CS faculty, evaluated by experts, and based on alignment with evidence-based retention practices.

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