Women in technology

April 26, 2011

In the article "Women in Technology Face an Uphill Battle," Drew Gannon recaps a Facebook Live panel where technology leaders discuss challenges for women in the workplace and solutions for the future.

In the article "Women in Technology Face an Uphill Battle," Drew Gannon recaps a Facebook Live panel where technology leaders discuss challenges for women in the workplace and solutions for the future.

Hosted by White House Senior Advisor and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett, the panel featured Facebook's director of engineering Jocelyn Goldfein, Stella and Dot's CEO and founder Jessica Herrin, Accel Partners' Theresia Gouw Ranzetta, and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer.

According to the article, “Women make up half of the U.S. workforce but represent only 25 percent of the technology industry. Despite growth in entrepreneurship, women lead only eight percent of technology start-ups. And while women obtain the majority of college degrees, they represent only 15 percent of senior management in all industries.”

Gannon went on to explain that “Sandberg, Goldfein, Ranzetta and Herrin drew on their personal experiences, business savoir-faire, and statistical interpretations to discuss issues such as gender stereotypes, workplace flexibility, role models, and education. They identified obstacles and offered hope for the next generation of tech savvy women. A small group of female engineers and Facebook employees created the panel's live audience in Silicon Valley, but the majority of viewers—over eight hundred—watched the streaming video from around the world. Questions submitted through Facebook before and during the panel and from the live audience propelled the one-hour discussion, which followed President Obama's Facebook Live Townhall meeting and preceded Startup America's panel on entrepreneurship.”

Click here to read the complete article, “Women in Technology Face an Uphill Battle.”

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