Women In Technology - Friday Links - 22nd January 2021

Inspiring strong leaders made history this week!

Probably it is not that suddenly now women became qualified enough for these high positions, it may rather be a change in the mind-set. We are very excited and we hope this change is here to stay.

As A. Gorman beautifully put it this week For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.



[ Women representation doubles at CERN’s Directorate level ]


A doubling of the gender-diversity fraction on the new enlarged Directorate was announced this week by F. Gianotti. We are wishing all a successful and exciting mandate.

And when the typical question came up regarding the low diversity of the Organisation, it was mentioned that there are on-going efforts on raising awareness as well as a concrete upcoming plan of diversifying the talent pipeline.

We stay tuned!

Recorded zoom: https://indico.cern.ch/event/988916/



[ Kamala D. Harris sworn in as vice president, shattering gender and racial barriers ]






[ The entrenched sexism in science, the elaborate detours women have taken to bypass the problem, and how to fix the system ]


A Lab of One's Own: Recommended by Sudeshna Datta-Cockerill, former CERN’s Ombudsperson and Diversity Programme Leader, a must read for any man or woman seriously interested in equality.

A riveting memoir-manifesto from the first female director of the National Science Foundation about the entrenched sexism in science, the elaborate detours women have taken to bypass the problem, and how to fix the system.




[ The cost of non-diverse teams ]


The cost of poor software quality: https://www.it-cisq.org/pdf/CPSQ-2020-report.pdf

And a proven way to boost software quality: https://techbeacon.com/app-dev-testing/one-proven-way-boost-software-quality-increase-your-qa-teams-diversity



[ CERN Detector Seminar ]


Fast charge collection in small collection electrode monolithic CMOS sensors by Magdalena Munker -CERN.

Friday, January 29, at 11h00: https://indico.cern.ch/event/997569/



[ Proactive Initiatives ]


In Israel, like elsewhere, women are bearing the brunt of the economic cost of the Covid-19 crisis, making it critical to give them extra support, the general manager of Microsoft Corp.’s Israel research and development center, said in an interview.




[ Study: Children Show a Gender Gap in Negotiation ]


Boys asked for the same bonus from a male and a female evaluator. Older girls, in contrast, asked for a smaller bonus from a male than a female evaluator.

Our findings suggest that a gender gap in negotiation emerges surprisingly early in development, highlighting childhood as a key period for interventions.




Wishing you all a wonderful happy weekend, Eva

on behalf of the WIT steering committee



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