Women are making greater strides than ever before, both at work and at home.Read More
While women in technology have made great strides, they still face many barriers, which is the focus of a comprehensive infographic from IT Manager Daily. Percentage of women earning IT-related degrees has declined Over the past 25 years, the proportion of females earning tech degrees has steadily dropped from 37 percent in 1985 to 18 percent in 2009.
A recent New York Times article titled “I Am Woman, Watch Me Hack” addresses possible reasons why fewer women are interested in tech degrees:
One of the biggest challenges, according to many in the industry, may be a public-image problem. Most young people … simply don’t come into contact with computer scientists and engineers in their daily lives, and they don’t really understand what they do. And to the extent that Americans do, “they think of Dilbert,” explains Jeffrey Wilcox, vice president of engineering at Lockheed Martin. (“Dilbert” being shorthand, of course, for boring, antisocial, cubicle-contained drudgery, conducted mostly by awkward men in short-sleeve dress shirts — a bit like “Office Space,” only worse.)Read More
Could banning one word today really affect the leadership of tomorrow?Read More
The New York Times recently asked readers to share advice for young women in the workplace. More than 500 responses followed, with insights ranging from how to be a leader and taking risks to negotiating salary and finding mentors. Some highlights:
- Strive to be the person that people count on.
- Don’t just sit at the table; talk at the table! Make it a point to contribute at least once in every meeting you attend.
- To stand out and excel, especially as a woman in the business world, you need to lead.
- Keep track of your accomplishments. Don’t brush them off; write them down and add them to your working résumé.
- Stop apologizing. Women say they are sorry far too much for things they had no control over.
- Never think of yourself as a woman first, but as a competent and capable individual who can get the job done just as well as your co-workers.
I think that in some circumstances what you don’t say is more important than what you actually do say.
Sometimes your actions speak louder than any words that come from your mouth. Self-promotion is a tricky proposition. You don’t want come across looking overly overconfident or even worse arrogant, but you don’t want your talents to go unnoticed either. So how do you promote yourself without looking self-promotional?Read More
As women move up the career ladder, are they less liked by their coworkers?Read More
Balancing motherhood and work is a science that in my mind never is perfected, but always a work in progress. It requires a different frame of mind and the acceptance that you might make some mistakes along the way. First and foremost, give yourself the benefit of the doubt. This is a constant period of trial and error—and the basis for tip number one.Read More