Systers Celebrate 25 Years at Grace Hopper Celebration

2012 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in Baltimore was fantastic! So many women and men supporting our mission in recruiting, retaining and advancing women in technology. What was most exciting for me personally is the celebration of Systers 25th anniversary at GHC. We had a variety of activities for Systers at GHC to celebrate our anniversary.

Booth Babes Revisited

You have probably heard other terms for the same topic, but the idea is the same. The woman who stands at booths to showcase a product knowing little or nothing about the technology and code that drives it is called a “booth babe.” Companies believe that a use of sex appeal and clever come hither looks will not only drive people into the booth, but result in more people buying their product.

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.