Our earliest astronauts were test pilots; their selection followed strict criteria of age, gender, and flight experience that severely limited participation. Are we in danger of creating another exclusive group of spacefarers?
There has been much backlash in the press towards Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella who told women at a tech conference last week, that they should not ask ...
It's not surprising that many women steer away from STEM degrees or STEM careers. Or that many women who start STEM degrees drop out. Or that numbers for career women in technology industry are dismal. A good start in addressing the invisible STEM women might be to reject the explanation of lacking confidence.
To me, entrepreneurship is taking responsibility to enact the change you see in the world. It's about creating value from your ideas -- about creating something that didn't exist before.
Many people have ideas on how to change things or create something brand new. Entrepreneurs act on those ideas. It's all about belief that everything is possible (though it may not be desirable), and that you can make it so.
My new venture in consumer tech and wearables gives me a way to demonstrate and justify why kids should take an interest in STEM education, to walk the walk vs. just talk.
Entrepreneurship comes from within and that is why there are so many serial entrepreneurs. There is a fire in their belly, a passion for what they do.
The growing effort to encourage women towards computer science careers could not be more exciting to see. I was among the early group of women to enter a university computer science program while in college years ago.
If a guiding principal of our technology industry is to unearth and solve problems, the pay gap is primed and ready. Instead of defaulting to outdated notions like the idealized subordinate woman, technology should embrace the future: equal opportunity to get jobs, do projects, get raises, run companies, succeed.
Perhaps Nadella did women a favor last week by uncovering an unconscious bias women place in the work force? Now it is up to us, all of us, men and women alike, to begin an honest open discussion to correct these biases.
Some days it gets wearying to face the additional challenges it takes for a woman to make it in the world of tech, but on days when it feels like that to me, I pull out the photo of all of the women that attended our first bootcamp.
If we said the names Elsa and Anna or Lightning and Mater, most parents would immediately recognize the power that stories have to capture the hearts and minds of kids. So why aren't we using those amazing stories to answer kids' questions about the science and engineering they encounter everyday?
There is a movement gaining momentum to improve technology as a place for women to work, and to change the statistics for women in technology. And for all these organizations, it's time to bring men into the movement for women's equality.
So is one of the missing links between successfully creating a new generation of rocket scientists, computer programmers and technology geniuses simply that they aren't exposed to any role models? Are we not lifting up scientists and engineers? Where is the Serena Williams of the STEM world?
We have eliminated some of the major hurdles of basic participation for women and people with different ethnicities or abilities in the workplace. Now we should take the opportunity to reinvent our corporate cultures to fully embrace those differences, to make a virtue out of them -- and to turn them into tools for creating prosperity for all.
I have no idea if this is what it is like for other women growing companies, but I'm pretty sure their lives are just as crazy busy and full of the regular messiness of life.