Hire More Women In Tech
Since 2004, employment growth in the technology sector has grown at a pace three times faster than the private sector as a whole.
In recent years, backlash over the lack of gender parity at technology-based companies has become vocal and divisive. As these debates rage on, two ideas surface regularly:
1. Company leaders say that they would love to hire female engineers, but that they can't find them/they don't exist.
2. Many senior engineers and product leads have expressed their lack of clarity on exactly why it's considered to be a problem that diversity is missing at technology companies.
As the gender and diversity debates have heated up, it was clear that they focused on appeals to emotional understanding and "doing the right thing." Interestingly, the culture that technology leaders (often developers and engineers themselves) exist in relies heavily on the cold, hard facts of metrics and data.
To leverage the engineer's love of metrics and hard, provable facts with a wealth of materials already published but not widely distributed, to encourage the hiring of a more diverse workforce.
Rigorous Simplicity: Create a place of discussion that can be easily found, skimmed, referenced, debated, and shared.
Positivity and Non-Aggression: Encourage a space that leaves emotions at the door, and focuses instead on education, allowing participants to reach their own conclusions based on the facts presented.
Trustworthiness: Utilize and link to reputable resources that are based in studies and metrics, and steer clear of political references and claims that are not reinforced with data.
Created a one pager website of information-rich resources including journalistic articles, studies, data analysis, and community stories that are updated regularly, and reference ongoing discussions and debates.
Created a platform that people can use as a springboard for their own projects.
36,000+ views (and thousands of organic social shares with zero ad spend) since July 2014 launch. Commitments from multiple hiring managers, CEOs, and founders to incorporate inclusive hiring practices into their company culture, including articles from Buffer app, boston.com, and technical.ly. Interviewed by NPR / Innovation Hub re: diversity and tech hiring (2016).
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