Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology
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"[A] solid contribution to the growing popular literature on the subject."―PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
From one of Time Magazine's "Forty Most Influential Minds in Technology" comes an essential collection of candid, first-hand accounts of women in technology.
Women in technology are on the rise in both power and numbers, and now it's more important than ever to not lose that momentum, to "lean in" and close the gender gap. Although they make up half of the population, only 14% of engineers in the United States are women. They take the seeds of technological advancement and build something life-changing, potentially life-saving. The future of technology depends on the full and active participation of women and men working together, and it is vital that women are both educated and encouraged to go into the tech sectors.
Hailed by Foreign Policy Magazine as a "Top 100 Global Thinker," professor, researcher, and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, alongside award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, set out to collect anecdotes and essays from global leaders, sharing how their experiences in innovative industries frame the future of entrepreneurship. With interviews and essays from hundreds of women in STEM fields, including Anousheh Ansari the first female private sector space explorer, former Google[X] VP and current CTO of the USA Megan Smith, Ory Okolloh of the Omidyar Network, venture capitalist Heidi Roizen and CEO of Nanobiosym Dr. Anita Goel, MD, PhD, Innovating Women offers perspectives on the challenges that women face, the strategies that they employ in the workplace, and how an organization can succeed or fail in its attempts to support the career advancement of women.
come if it went well. It was huge. The PC manufacturer’s senior vice president, who had been instrumental in crafting the deal, suggested he and I sign over dinner in San Francisco to celebrate. When I arrived at the restaurant, I found it a bit awkward to be seated at a table for four yet to be in two seats right next to each other, but it was a French restaurant and that seemed to be the style, so down I sat. Wine was brought and toasts were made to our great future together. About halfway
assigning work and forming teams. Don’t judge all women from one experience with a female technical worker. Women are as individual as men.” Priscilla Oppenheimer, an independent consultant in the computer networking field, learned that keeping an eye on job options is key. “The worst piece of advice I got was to stay put in a job, despite it being a dead end. My colleague told me to ‘keep your head down, do a good job, and you’ll be golden.’ This colleague didn’t really care if I succeeded. He
with saying I made a mistake and am now doing things differently. They even have a special word for failure in the valley: it is called “pivoting.” Today, there is a chorus of female and male bloggers, business executives, and venture capitalists who are openly discussing the problems and solutions. Silicon Valley is pivoting. The prominent investors who were attacking me for writing about gender discrimination have largely gone silent on this issue. Not a peep of disagreement or disparaging
series of awards helped me to launch the Nanobiosym Research Institute and Incubator in 2004. A few years later, we spun out Nanobiosym Diagnostics to develop and commercialize Gene-RADAR® as a platform for mobilizing, decentralizing, and personalizing the next generation of health care. I am grateful for visionary organizations like DARPA for investing early on in some of my dreams and providing me with the opportunity to make a quantum leap to manifest those dreams into a reality. Nearly a
and men working alongside one another, have an important role to play here. As employers, we can attract, hire, and retain outstanding women. At Google, for example, our goal is to build technology that helps people change the world, and we’re more likely to succeed if Google reflects the diversity of our users. Like other companies, we have created internal support networks and communities; women learned from being part of the Women@Google global network of more than four thousand women