Why so many women in tech get told they’re ‘not strategic’

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A female tech executive breaks down what’s really going on when qualified women are hit with this often-bogus claim. When former Pinterest COO Francoise Brougher wrote last month about “rampant discrimination, hostile work environment, and misogyny” at the company she once led, her story cut to the quick for many women in tech. Brougher was fired in April after a successful two-year tenure when, she says, she spoke up about gender discrimination at the male-dominated social media giant. She has since filed suit . Read Full Story

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Surprising study pinpoints why women face a double whammy of age and sex discrimination at work

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Aging women face both sex discrimination and age discrimination, which is called “intersectional discrimination.” Women continue to earn roughly 77 cents on the dollar when compared to men. But a new paper in Labour shows that as women age, they face a double whammy of sex and age discrimination from which laws do not adequately protect them. The result is that many older women who want to continue working are not even in the workforce. Read Full Story

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What the CROWN Act means for Black women at work

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The CROWN Act was meant to combat hair discrimination in the workplace. But some are worried about how fast real change will come. The job hunt can be difficult for anyone. But for Black women, even being perceived as professional can be its own feat. When Brianne Cash prepared for an interview with an insurance company early in her career, she was mostly concerned about how the interviewer would view her—specifically her natural hair. Read Full Story

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Discrimination charges at Pinterest reveal a hidden Silicon Valley hiring problem

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Two Black women who worked at Pinterest went public with their stories of pay disparity and discrimination. Their experience illuminates tech’s wider problems with pay “leveling.” In July of 2018, Ifeoma Ozoma started a new job as the public policy and social impact manager at Pinterest. After working on the large public policy teams at Facebook and Google, she was excited to be the second person on Pinterest’s team, where her responsibilities included leading half of the global public policy team’s work. She believed she would be building the team from the ground up, with the head of public policy as her partner. Plus, Pinterest was pre-IPO, meaning that there was a significant financial opportunity to be had once the company went public. Read Full Story

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Gen X women navigating the last workplace taboo can help Gen Z age in public

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The CEO of a creative agency says, “This taboo is just one of many that women in the workforce face, as we’re pressured to avoid discussing gynecologist appointments, mammograms, childcare obligations, or anything that might remind the office that you are a female.” A good friend recently turned 50 and, naturally, she considered throwing a party to celebrate the big day. But when she told a female colleague about her plans, the colleague warned her that she might want to keep her big birthday to herself, as it could “seriously undermine” her status at work. Read Full Story

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‘Blatant racism in practice’: For Pinterest whistleblowers, COO’s settlement is a slap in the face

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Critics say Pinterest’s $22.5 million settlement with its former COO highlights the company’s inequitable treatment of the Black women who first alerted the world to Pinterest’s discrimination problems. Earlier this week, Pinterest settled a gender discrimination lawsuit with its former chief operating officer for $22.5 million—one of the largest public individual settlements for gender discrimination in history. The seven-figure award goes to Francoise Brougher, once the number two executive at Pinterest, who says she was fired in retaliation for raising claims of pay disparity, discrimination, and exclusion at the virtual pinboard company. Read Full Story

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Black pregnant women face a mortality crisis—and now a pandemic. Can tech help?

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Many are turning to apps, online communities, and virtual workshops to stay connected and healthy, even when faced with a biased healthcare system. “I had a small breakdown the first time my midwife texted to let me know our next session would be virtual,” says Leslie Lissaint, who is 22 weeks pregnant. She and her husband are expecting their first child, but like many, COVID-19 has drastically shifted their plans. Read Full Story

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Diversity and Inclusion in SEO: BIPOC and LGBTQ+ SEOs Share Their Experiences

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Posted by NicoleDeLeon People around the world are having important discussions about systemic racism, overt and covert bias, and how we can all do better. Understanding the problem is the first step. To get a sense of conditions within the SEO community, we asked people to take our Diversity and Inclusion in SEO survey as part of our ongoing project to study the state of SEO . Due to the subject matter and the way we reached out, our respondents were not a snapshot of the industry as a whole. We were very pleased to have 326 SEOs complete the survey, including a significant number of female, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ participants. These are important voices that need to be heard, but as we analyzed the data, we were careful not to generalize the industry as a whole without accounting for potential sampling bias. We addressed this by looking at groups …

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‘COVID-19 does discriminate.’ It’s making it harder for women of color to get into tech

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The CEO of Reboot Representation observes that as COVID-19 makes the lives of late high school and early college students uncertain, young women of color working toward a career in tech are facing a steeper uphill battle. The spread of COVID-19—which has higher hospitalizations and death rates among communities of color—is threatening the gains we’ve made in the tech industry and an education system already grappling with inequities. Read Full Story

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This California bill could help more tech whistleblowers speak out

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The Silenced No More Act releases workers who’ve faced any kind of discrimination from their nondisclosure agreements. Tech employees who face discrimination and harassment at work may soon have a much easier path to coming forward and making their stories public. Many of these types of stories never see the light of day because companies often push employees with allegations into non-disclosure agreements, where they agree never to reveal what happened to them—even to family members and friends—under the threat of a lawsuit. Read Full Story

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