Pay Gaps and Compensation Confidence

In a recent study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (April, 2012), the news looks better for women in the 20 most common occupations for women. On average, women earn 82.2% of what men earn. In software development, applications and system software, the percentage is even higher: women earn 86.4% of what men earn. But the percentage of female workers in this occupation is only 18.1%.

Female Fundraising in Technology

As women continue to bust through the glass ceiling and create their own companies, one of the necessary tools to acquire is funding. Money buys resources, people, and time to create and see ideas flourish.

Leaving Academia

I finished my PhD about a year ago. When I first joined graduate school I knew beyond a doubt that what I wanted to do after I graduated was to teach and work at a research university. What could be better than the flexible schedule, the ability to work on stimulating projects, and traveling around the world to talk about my research? It all looked so cosmopolitan.

Booth Babes

Attending conferences, where many typical computer scientist (read: socially inept people) are huddled together to learn about esoteric topics, can create a breeding ground for isolation. For example, being the only woman at your small start up may be annoying but being the only woman in a room full of strange men may be daunting.

So It’s Come To This

On April 17, Christiane Vejlø attended a Dell partner summit at the Tivoli Conference Center in Copenhagen. Dressed in a red suit, Vejlø felt a little out of place among all the blue ties (scarves for women), but it wasn’t the only reason she felt out of place. In the crowd of 800, only 5% were women. And she herself was the only journalist.