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TGIF! This week, women’s impact in the tech and STEM industry was front and center in the news – the good, the bad, and the great. Read on for lessons learned, actions to take, and some inspiration to kick-off the weekend.

Check back at the end of each week for our Friday finds.

Here’s what we’re reading – March 23

  • Read: Science’s Invisible Women by Sava Sobel for The New York Times. This week’s book reviews focused on women in STEM – Patricia Fara’s Science and Suffrage in the First World War and Claire L. Evans’ The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet – sharing history, insights, and inspiration from some of the behind-the-scenes figures who helped paved the way for modern technology.
  • Read: The big winner at SXSW this year: Women by Michelle Castillo for CNBC. SXSW ended Sunday, and one of our favorite recaps of the week-long tech and entertainment conference focused on the trending female presence at the event. Not only were keynote speakers an equal 50/50, but women led the conversation across the conference.
  • Listen: Melinda Gates on diversity in tech, ending malaria, and the problems money can’t solve by Ezra Klein for Vox. One of the keynote speakers at SXSW, Melinda Gates spoke at length about the challenges facing women in STEM.
  • Read: Is Our Obsession With Women In STEM To Blame For Theranos? by Nicole Fisher for Forbes. This insightful piece takes a look at the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of Theranos. It’s thought-provoking and an interesting perspective on the emphasis for women to break in roles in STEM.
  • Read: If we want to solve tech’s talent crisis, we need to change how we hire by Chantelle Lynch for Mashable. Diversity is an ongoing conversation in the tech world – as chief human resources officer for McAfee, Lynch shares her experience and actions for improving diversity at her company.
  • Read: Supermodel Karlie Kloss’ coding camp for girls is expanding by Abrar Al-Heeti for CNet. We love Karlie Kloss’ free code camp that helps introduce girls 13-18 year old to the power of programming. Last week they announced a major expansion – empowering more young women across the nation to learn these valuable skills.
  • Read: How This Woman Is Taking On Diversity In Tech by Carrie Hammer for Forbes. Finally, this week, shout out to former Hackbrighter, #girlboss, and marketing maven, Paria Rajai for this awesome feature! Learn how Paria is continuing to #changetheratio for women and underrepresented populations in tech!

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