Blind screenings for resumes may worsen gender balance in hiring, study finds
The March jobs report, released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, didn’t paint an optimistic picture for the economy under the Trump administration. Overall unemployment dropped to 4.5 percent, but as the New York Times reports, economists had anticipated 180,000 new jobs to be created last month. In reality, only 98,000 new jobs were added — and only 9,000 of those jobs went to women, according to Elle.
A bill sent to the governor Monday would prevent California employers from paying women less than male colleagues based on prior salary. The state strengthened its protections against gender-based wage discrimination last year. The bill the state Assembly sent the governor Monday, AB 1676, would add prior salary to the list of reasons women can’t be paid less than men.
Women looking for jobs and looking to leave jobs need the same thing: a space to share recommendations — and horror stories. Like Yelp, but for women in the workplace. And now, a host of websites wants to do just that.
One of the most important is “Can you do the job?” Simple, right? Not always. At the executive level, the ability to do a job is not just about technical skills, but also about leadership and interpersonal skills. Technical skills help candidates climb the corporate ladder, but the ability to manage up, down, and sideways becomes more important at the executive level.
For the past five years, turnover among Patagonia employees who use its child care program is 25% lower than in its overall workforce. Pategonia’s CEO explains how offering on-site child care and paid family leave not only retains workers, but also recoups costs in tax benefits, employee engagement and productivity, and overall bottom line.
In a sector that prides itself on being full of the best and brightest problem-solvers, how do we tackle the persistent problem of the gender gap in tech? STEM scholarships, one solution among many, begin to address these issues directly by providing key monetary resources, offering a sense of community among the recipients and sidestepping closed networks that limit access to mentorship and support for young women.
Massachusetts is aiming to chip away at gender pay discrepancies with a new lawthat bars companies from asking a standard question in the hiring process: “How much did you make at your previous job?” The law, the first of its kind in America, is aimed at breaking what can become a cycle of unfair pay for women and people of color.
The Washington Technology Industry Association decided to take a look at exactly which groups are working to change the bleak percentages of women and people of color in the tech industry.
Gender inequality, a pervasive problem throughout the tech industry, finds itself manifesting in a variety of ways. On this week’s NPR Hidden Brain podcast, guest Laszlo Bock, Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operations, noted that Google’s interview questions could illuminate how stereotypes of gender affect success.