Women In Technology - Friday Links - 26th February 2021

Hello everybody,

It feels we have almost gone through another winter; our selection of links below to accompany you in this sunny weekend.


>> Paternity leave

You may have noticed this commercial ad in the streets of Geneva. Sometimes innovation comes from where it is not expected!


Four weeks of paternity leave is still quite extraordinary.

Differences in paternity and maternity leave shifts the care-giving to the mothers, creating an imbalance in job opportunities and hindering career progression.

This also excludes the fathers not only from this critical phase of a family but as it has been proven1 from sharing quality time with their children later in life.



>> Allies

A shout-out to the ~10% of male allies in this list!


Allies in action: What two male researchers did when they saw how female colleagues were being treated differently at work.



Although most men notionally support more gender inclusion and equity, there is clear research that men often are challenged at recognizing gender discrimination and harassment in real time




>> Unconscious bias

How to address diversity issues still stirs controversies.


There is no such thing as unconscious bias. I don't buy it, because after every single unconscious bias training that's ever been done nothing has ever improved. So unless you care, you actually won't change.

The 52-year-old Australian UK head of KPMG who said it had to apologize and said last Friday the scandal over his comments had made his position at the accounting giant untenable.

When he stepped aside pending the investigation into his comments, KPMG appointed its first female leaders in 150 years.



On the other hand:

As for the unconscious bias training, it's hard not to suspect that its ascent was directly related to its relatively low cost. For businesses and other big organisations, having something to point to when a PR response is needed is highly useful, even if that 'something' is a brief quiz administered online. At the same time, it averts the need for more costly interventions examining what – if anything – might need to be done in the way of genuine reform.




>> Lessons from a remarkable CEO

You cultivate a fearless heart, you’re fierce and you call out wrongdoing. People do their best work when they’re joyful. They don’t do their best work when they’re intimidated or scared or shamed.




>> When You Picture a Scientist, Who Do You See?

A panel conversation on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM with leaders in the fields of science, journalism, and communication.


Wednesday, March 24 at 3:00pm ET (US and Canada)



>> Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment

CI/CD is taking over the world; I recently enjoyed a lot this hands-on introductory training by the HEP Software Foundation freely available here:




>> Mentoring

There is a critical need for support systems and mentors -2020 L’Oréal–UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships.



Also announced in the weekly Bulletin, WIT is now starting its fourth round of mentoring.

After three successful rounds, with the last one organised in collaboration with the CERN Alumni team, WIT is offering yet another opportunity to work on your personal or professional development with CERN or Alumni mentors this year. The exercise runs from May until December 2021.




>> 2k!

Our Instagram account is constantly gaining ground illustrating all of your amazing work.



Kind regards,


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