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Women in Tech News: A Tribute to Tech's Hidden Figures, Photoshop Fails, and Ireland's Unequal Tech Boom

June 14, 2019 | Georgina Varley

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From industry news to long-form interviews, we round up the need-to-reads on diversity in tech.

 

Hidden Figures: NASA renames street after black female mathematicians

The road outside NASA's headquarters has been named 'Hidden Figures Way' in honour of the three African-American women who played a crucial part in the success of the space agency's missions – a fitting tribute to America's pioneering black women in tech. 

Read more from the BBC >

 

Ellen Pao takes on big tech: 'They want to change the world, but what about changing your own company first?'

Former reddit CEO Ellen Pao, famous for calling out discrimination in one of Silicon Valley's top venture capital firms, discusses the 'Pao effect' – the onslaught of lawsuits against big tech companies since her case.

Read more from The Telegraph >

Take a read of our 10 Books All Women in Tech Should Read article to find out more about Ellen Pao >

 

Ireland's unequal tech boom 

Attracted by the competitive tax system, tech giants are swelling employment figures and GDP in Ireland. However, these companies have brought with them skilled Silicon Valley workers. With house prices at an all-time high, local families are being hurt by this development and homelessness is increasing.

Take a look at our infographic about the subject >

Read more from Politico >

Find out more about our Women in Tech Dublin event >

 

Women Who Code's global ambassador Sheree Atcheson on the importance of diversity and inclusion in tech 

One of the UK's most important women in technology shares her thoughts on why hiring "women of colour, of different sexualities, [and] women of different economic backgrounds" is crucial to the continued success of the tech sector.

Read more from the Evening Standard >

Sheree Atcheson was one of our Women in Tech Dublin speakers in 2018. Hear her share her knowledge of the tech industry here >

 

£18.5 million to boost diversity in AI tech roles and innovation in online training for adults

This multimillion government investment is set to fund new artificial intelligence conversion degrees and innovation in adult online learning. Up to 2,500 people will have the opportunity to retrain and become experts in data science and artificial intelligence thanks to this investment.

Read more on GOV.UK >

 

Women reportedly photoshopped into photo of all-male tech executives

A photo posted on Instagram is facing backlash from the tech community after it was revealed that the two female attendees pictured were Photoshopped in. Italian fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli invited the group of executives to his home in Italy. Those pictured include Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Dropbox Co-Founder/CEO Drew Houston

Read more from The Independent >

 

Here's why women may be the best suited for spaceflight

Science proves that females cope better in habitation-type circumstances than men do. This is just one of the reasons that Nadia Drake delves into within her unique take on women in space.

Read more from National Geographic >


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