Did You Know?

November 1, 2011

Did you know that a study of law firms that use numerical ratings systems for promoting associates finds that men are three times more likely than women to be promoted to partner at these firms? Although men and women junior attorneys received glowing narratives at about equal rates, the women with the glowing narratives were significantly less likely to advance to partner because their numerical ratings weren't correspondingly high.

Did You Know?

October 25, 2011
Ed Jobs Map

Did you know that the United States has an unemployment rate of 9.1% and the Conference Board estimates there are 3 job-seekers for every 1 available job; but in the computing and technology sector the unemployment rate is below 6%, and there are 3 jobs for every 1 job-seeker?

Did You Know?

October 18, 2011

Did you know that some well-known technical companies are eschewing traditional recruiting and hiring methods in favor of … puzzles? An excerpt from a new book, The Rare Find, gives a glimpse into the techniques that companies such as Facebook and Google have turned to lately to help them identify top technical talent.

LIVE: NCWIT Roundtable on Computing Education & the 21st Century Workforce

October 13, 2011
Round table

NCWIT and the Woodrow Wilson Center are hosting a roundtable discussion today on "21st Century Pathways to a Skilled Technology Workforce." This roundtable will address the critical need for increased computing education and the expansion of the technology talent pool.

Did You Know?

October 11, 2011

You may know about the pay gap between men and women, and maybe you know that women tend not to fare as well as men in salary negotiations. But did you know that the gender gap in salary negotiations disappears when women are negotiating on behalf of someone else?  A recent study from Columbia Business School found that "When women negotiate for themselves, their assertiveness could be seen as running foul of gender expectations.

You Can Code, But Can You Haiku?

October 4, 2011
Haiku Art

You can write code, but can you write haiku?

This was the challenge presented to winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing in their Facebook Group over the summer. 

Did You Know?

September 30, 2011

Did you know that there's a business case for why you should include gender diversity at your startup? Inc. Magazine this week looks at research pointing to some of the many benefits that women bring to young organizations, including better problem-solving, lower failure rates, increased efficiency, and higher return on investment. 


My Summer at Google

September 21, 2011
Award Winners

Everyone knows Google as a search engine, email client, etc. But this summer, I was part of a different side of Google – this year’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI).

Did You Know?

September 16, 2011

Did you know that a prominent article about Carol Bartz's firing from her role as CEO of Yahoo last week also mentions that she was a "high-school homecoming queen" and a "mother of three"? Although many aver that Bartz was sacked for what the Yahoo board deemed her poor performance, discussions of her professional persona have often included references to her gender. 

How to Write an Award-winning Application!

September 14, 2011
Award Winners

Kimberly A. is a recipient of the 2010-11 North Carolina Award for Aspirations in Computing. She is a senior and plans to study computer programming and chemical engineering in college.

Samantha S. is a recipient of both the 2010-11 Massachusetts and the National Award for Aspirations in Computing. She is very interested in robotics and plans to continue that pursuit in college.

(Kimberly): What's the best part(s) of being an Aspirations Award-winner?