Show you are serious about basics like mentoring and work-life flexibility, and energy and enthusiasm will follow, writes McKinsey’s Dominic Barton.
U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene — who’s worked at Microsoft, drugstore.com, and Nimble Technology— visited Seattle’s Ada Developers Academy to discuss this persistent issue. Many of Ada’s women agree: there is no single program that can fix tech’s diversity problems. Ada students listed a multitude of things that have kept them from entering the work force: a lack of role models, the discomfort of being the only woman in a room, or simply being told women aren’t suited to tech work.
Sexism in the workplace is not always overt harassment. It can be downplaying the contributions of women … or simply enforcing a higher bar for raises and promotions. Jason Shen has a few suggestions for retaining that talent.
Globally the number of females represented on financial services boards continues to grow, but a stagnancy at the executive level is disenfranchising millennials as they get to grips with a workplace stuck in its gendered past. Oliver Wyman’s 2016 Women in financial services report revealed that financial services will not reach 30% female executive committee representation until 2048. Millennial women are facing the same problems as their counterparts in the 1980s and 1990s, just without expecting to. This leads to a ‘culture shock’ as they realise traditional gender roles continue to exist in the workplace.
What questions to ask, who to ask, and how to go about it.
Six years ago, Harvard Business School embarked on one of the most ambitious case studies in its 108-year history. The case: gender inequality. The protagonist: itself. Gender inequality in the business world has long been a topic of conversation and research among academics, but it was only a few short years ago that these issues came to a head at one of the world’s most influential business institutions.
At the dawn of 2015, gender bias in science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) fields are pervasive, but a new study finds the difficulties compound if you are a women of color. For instance, black women were more likely (77%) than other women (66%) to report “having to prove themselves over and over again.” The study also found that Latinas and Asian-American women faced stereotyping in the workplace.
At DWF, the principle of meritocracy is central to our business and culture. We are determined to create a workplace that capitalises on gender equality to achieve leading edge status both as an employer of choice and as a legal service provider.
BCS and e-skills UK recently reported that only 16% of the UK’s technology workforce is female, so more needs to be done to address this gender imbalance and reduce the skills shortage caused as a result. FDM recognized this and launched its women in IT campaign in October 2011. Since then the company has grown to boast a 25% female workforce as a result of its events, ‘Female Champion’ support network and close partnership with every woman.