Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach, Senior Staff Writer

On women in tech: ‘The old scripts that men and women follow still have amazing power’

Since recently joining up as a BetaBoston contributor, Halley Suitt Tucker (aka @Halley) has offered a flurry of great coverage on the shortfall of women in tech, and the consequences that come with it (see examples below). I encourage you to check them out. But also take a moment to read a post on Re/code today by Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett, the authors of “The New Soft War on Women: How the Myth of Female Ascendance Is Hurting Women, Men — and Our Economy.” The post very nicely sums up why it’s actually the less obvious—even “invisible”—factors that have contributed the most to the dearth of women in tech:

How do we explain this absence of women? The answers, from new social science research, may surprise you. Talented women run into land mines that make it hard for them to move up the corporate ladder in tech. Too often, the bias is invisible to everyone. It’s not that companies are trying to discriminate. It’s that the old scripts that both men and women unwittingly follow still have amazing power.

Plenty of illuminating examples follow in the post, many of them around the theme that “women work hard in many areas and achieve the desired results — but men get the credit.”

As the post points out, “hundreds — perhaps thousands — of articles have been written bemoaning the lack of women in science and technology.” But here’s hoping that the next articles we read on the subject are about signs of progress.

Vivek Wadhwa (photo by Halley Suitt Tucker)

'The tide has turned'

Vivek Wadhwa still fearless on the issue of women in tech


Something very big is happening in tech on Sept. 9, and I’m not talking about the Apple announcement. On Tuesday, a new book from Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya, Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology, is coming out. I caught up with him in Silicon Valley this week to talk about diversity in technology and hear more about the book. Read More

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Hear me Roar

You learn something new every day – Boston’s badass tech women


There has been a lot written lately about how truly brutal it can be for women in tech. Read More


Speaking up

What Erica Swallow, the accidental poster child for tech’s gender gap, really wants


Erica Swallow wasn't aiming to start a firestorm when she wrote about her summer spent at a well-known venture capital firm, General Catalyst Partners in Cambridge. But that's what happened after the MIT Sloan MBA student recently chronicled her experience in a workplace where female decision-makers were nonexistent—and where there appeared to be little interest in changing that. Read More


Closing the gap

The scientifically (un)proven way to work with female entrepreneurs


One of the hardest things about the issues women are facing in tech these days is that there are some solutions to the mess, but nobody is talking about them. We’re all talking about the Tinder Travesty, the Berlin Deal, and a multitude of other Sexism-in-Tech debacles, but isn't it time to figure out some work-arounds? Read More

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Women in tech are left wondering: Is sex the only ‘deal’ investors will do?


It's tough being a tech pioneer—just ask Pavel Curda. He just became the poster boy for the #TechDiversity problem. Women are naming names. They are getting transparent about the way some investors offer them bed sheets before term sheets.

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Laura Parrish, an intern at Refresh based out of Greentown Labs, is one of a growing number of women at local tech startups.

Women in Tech

How women interns are making a major impact on Boston’s tech scene this summer

Guest Post

Tech startups are often associated with Silicon Valley and men. To contrast that perception, we went on a quest to find some of the women interning at Boston startups this summer; to talk to some of the people hiring them; and explore how these companies are creating a positive environment for women interested in tech. Read More

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Summertime Sadness

To get more women technology leaders, let’s start by fixing summer camp

Guest Post

Shereen Shermak, chief executive of Boston's Launch Angels, shares her thoughts on how to get more girls interested in — and sticking with — technology, starting with a youth staple: Summer Camp. Read More


Closing the gap

Launch Angels seeking up to $1 million to invest in women-led startups


Boston startup investment group Launch Angels is seeking at least $250,000 and as much as $1 million for a new fund to back women-led early-stage businesses.

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