Interested in some background on gender bias, why reducing bias matters, why having women in leadership is good for business, or just want some insights or research to help you start a conversation about gender bias? Check out these resources.
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Existing Gender Bias
Toptal statistics on gender bias in tech provide data showing we still have a gender diversity problem in tech. Need to convince someone there is a problem to be solved? Check out this piece.
Alex Jackman, “UNFUNNY: The Suppression Of Female Voices In Comedy,”debunking the myth that women aren’t funny.
Benefits of Gender Parity
Toptal article also shares stats on why gender parity in tech matters.
People Effecting Change
Catalyst, “Flip the Script,” is a fantastic infographic that highlights the power of a word and provides concrete ways to identify and overcome unconscious gender bias through the words we use. Check it out!
Jessica Guynn , USA TODAY, “Small venture firm, big mission: Diversity,” highlighting efforts by Precursor Ventures and Charles Hudson to direct more VC funding to more diverse startups. Of the first 50 investments “… 31% of the companies have at least one female founder, 16% have an African-American founder and 7% have a self-identified Hispanic or Latino founder, Hudson says.” Awesome!
Rosana Xia, LA Times, “Most computer science majors in the U.S. are men. Not so at Harvey Mudd.” 55% of computer science majors at Harvey Mudd are women. It can be done!
Pui-Wing Tam, New York Times, “Join Our Board: Companies Hotly Pursue New Wave of Women in Tech” demonstrates a new trend of tech companies seeking women to diversify their boards.
MAKERS, “10 Important Open Essays By Female Celebrities You Must Read,” tackling a variety of gender biases and offers solutions to them.
Engaging Male Allies
Jennifer Manry, Mike Wisler, Tech Crunch, “How male allies can support women in technology,” with excellent suggestions of how to ally with women and acknowledging that we will all make mistakes in the process — and that’s okay.
Melinda Briana Epler, “Tech Diversity, 12 Things An Ally Can Do,” with tips on how to be an ally. Our favorite: “Develop greater empathy and understanding of different life experiences.”
Thuy Sindell and Milo Sindell, Entrepreneur, “Ensuring Diversity Is Not a Distraction to Leaders,” on the importance of having a strategy to approach diversity as a priority, not a distraction.
Coco Brown, “Enough Talk! Men, You Can Make the Biggest Difference in Moving the Needle Faster Toward Diversity,” on why we need men to help battle gender bias.
Miriam Grobman, Ellevate Network, “Lecturing Men About Diversity Doesn’t Work. This Does.” Spoiler: data is key.
Equal Pay Strategies
Rachel Thompson, Mashable, “How to address the gender pay gap in the workplace.” Useful suggestions for how to tackle the unconscious biases that impact pay.
Annie Rogaski, “75¢ on the Dollar is Not Okay: A Playbook to Achieve Equal Pay in Law Firms.” Specifically created for law firms to move to gender parity in pay.
Books on Various Related Topics
“Ask For It: Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want” by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever.
“Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking that Block Women’s Paths to Power,” by Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath and Mary Davis Holt.
“Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Office,” by Jessica Bennett.
“Grace Meets Grit,” by Daina Middleton.
“Rebels at Work: A Handbook For Leading Change From Within,” by Lois Kelly and Carmen Medina.
“Stiletto Network: Inside the Women’s Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business,” by Pamela Ryckman.