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Women in Tech: Time to Focus on Solutions

Posted March 27, 2011 | 17:37:57 (EST)

I have written extensively on this blog and in other venues about the barriers that women in technology face: unwelcoming cultures, bias and stereotyping, work-family conflict, lack of access to influential social networks, and absence of role models, mentors, and sponsors.

The awareness of the barriers facing...

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Women in Leadership and the Glass Cliff

Posted October 29, 2010 | 20:04:14 (EST)

As the mid-term elections draw near, I have been following with interest the large number of female candidates and political influencers. Forbes' "Top 25 women political influencers" include women from the left and the right. Whether I agree with the politics of these female candidates or not,...

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Saying High-Tech Is a Meritocracy Doesn't Make it So

Posted September 16, 2010 | 17:02:47 (EST)

The issue of women in technology was at the forefront of the social media universe in the last 2 weeks, when Michael Arrington wrote about the topic in TechCrunch, asking that blame not be put on men.

His post generated a lot of comments and a

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The High-Tech Industry Must Adapt to the Reality of Dual-Career Couples

Posted August 9, 2010 | 17:59:15 (EST)

Last week, an interesting piece was published in the New York Times about the price women pay in career advancement for being mothers. Indeed, the economic price to pay for being a working mother has been well documented by research. Stanford professors Shelley Correll and

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The Myth of the Individual: What Successful Technologists Really Do

Posted July 14, 2010 | 13:15:26 (EST)

This week, Fortune published a list of the 50 smartest people in high-tech. This list encompasses amazing people with amazing accomplishments, and I am glad to see this kind of recognition for some of the greatest technologists around. The list rightfully acknowledges not only the usual suspects of...

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On the Strategic Use of the F-word: Is Swearing a Currency in High Tech?

Posted June 27, 2010 | 15:44:50 (EST)

Sometimes, I wonder about my no-swearing policy in my parenting. It turns out swearing is somewhat of a currency in many industries.

Recently, the blogosphere went abuzz about Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz uttering the F-word during an interview. I was surprised by the overall reaction -...

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Where Will Job Growth Come From? (Or How to Ensure Your Kids Don't Move Back in After College...)

Posted June 18, 2010 | 11:07:39 (EST)

A couple of weeks ago, the latest job growth report, released by the Department of Labor, disappointed Wall Street. There is now talk of "jobless recovery" or a "double dip recession." I have several colleagues and friends still looking for work, and I have regular conversations...

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"Daring to Discuss Women in Science:" A Response to John Tierney

Posted June 9, 2010 | 16:58:00 (EST)

On Monday, John Tierney of the New York Times published a provocative article, "Daring to Discuss Women in Science" in which he argues that biology may be a factor to explain why women are not reaching high-level positions. He suggests that boys are innately more gifted at math...

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Oil Spill Day 43. Where Are the Women in Green Technology?

Posted June 3, 2010 | 15:37:53 (EST)

As we go through the 43rd day of what will potentially go down as the worst environmental disaster in the history of the United States with no end in sight, and as sordid details of ignored warning signs and missed opportunities for corrective action emerge prompting a criminal...

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