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 Instead of defaulting to outdated notions like the idealized subordinate woman, technology should embrace the future: equal opportunity to get jobs, do projects, get raises, run companies,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.
We needed this break between Apollo program and current missions to send humans to Mars, for three big reasons.
Many people think that being in Information Technology means that you have to be a programmer or engineer. However, once I started my career, I realized there are many other options.
It's tempting to think that we could come up with a neat, one-size-fits-all approach to curriculum and learning that gives teachers a clearer sense of what to teach and when, and policy makers a better way to assess and optimize student performance. But unfortunately, "neat and linear" is not the way today's economy works.
Less than a year out of college, I experienced my first blatant gender biased issue in the workplace. I was 23 and thought that things like gender biases were a thing of the past.
Two tech billionaires and an entrepreneur walk into a bar.
How can we address a dire workforce need if students aren't inclined to prepare themselves for careers that are promising, rewarding and lucrative? How can we innovate? How can we draw them to those fields?
It looks like Apple is best positioned to win the "Where Are the Women?" award this year, given the total absence of women on stage at their product rollout last week.
We've recently seen lots of coverage about the lack of women in tech, from Google's Made with Code initiative that spurred industry giants to share their diversity data, to the recent spate of nonprofits addressing this lack of diversity.