Women in the Workplace 2017

More companies are committing to gender equality. But progress will remain slow unless we confront blind spots on diversity—particularly regarding women of color, and employee perceptions of the status quo.

Co-working space for women The Riveter is launching in Seattle to build community and challenge ‘bro-working’

Two Seattle’s women and their vision to launch The Riveter, co-working space where women don’t feel excluded from the business world because of their gender.

Coding students tell Congresswoman there’s no simple solution to tech’s diversity problem

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.

How This Woman Is Fighting for Gender Equality in Tech

Dr. Telle Whitney, President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, describes the challenges and opportunities for increasing women in tech, from pipelines to org culture.

Could STEM scholarships for women be the key to closing the gender gap in tech?

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.

Who’s fixing tech’s diversity problems?

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.

Microsoft Names Cindy Rose as CEO of Microsoft UK

Cindy Rose will soon take the helm of Microsoft’s efforts in the United Kingdom.  The new CEO said, “I am thrilled to be joining Microsoft and to be asked to lead the UK business at such an opportune moment in the company’s history and such an unprecedented moment in the country’s history.”

City of Seattle, a 100% Talent Signatory, Proposes Workforce Equity Plan and Increases Family Leave

The Seattle City Council and Mayor’s office have proposed a Joint Comprehensive Action Plan to promote greater workforce equity, including actions to improve equity in hiring and promotion and career development, as well as broadening existing parental leave policy and increasing current family care benefits for City employees.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues New Guidance on Women’s Rights in the Workplace

On June 14, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) participated in the White House United State of Women Summit.  Coinciding with the Summit, the EEOC issued three resource documents that provide insight into the EEOC’s enforcement positions on topics such as wage equality and accommodations for pregnant employees.

Getting the Short End of the Stick: Racial Bias in Salary Negotiations

MIT’s Sloan School of Management offers the latest studies on bias in salary negotiation, and suggest that organizations can foster better awareness of racial bias in negotiations through formal training processes and informal discussions of best practices among managers.