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TGIF! This week saw inspiration from female role models, bootcamp news, and the presence of the gender gap in work and school.

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

Here’s what we’re reading – April 20

  • Read: Scully on ‘The X-Files’ has helped more women pursue careers in STEM by Meredith Lepore for Ladders. Strong  female-led storylines in media have been a trending topic recently. (Wonder Woman, FTW!) But for women who grew up in the ’90s and watched The X-Files, Dana Scully was more than a doctor and FBI agent. She was a role model. Now, a study has found that women who watched her, grew up to take on more roles in STEM.
  • Read: Staffing Firm Adecco Buys General Assembly for $412.5 Million by Jeremy Kahn for Bloomberg. In bootcamp news, General Assembly was purchased this week by Swiss firm Adecco in a push to increase internal training and resources for talent retention and development.
  • Read: Study: Men overestimate their intelligence in science class. Women sell themselves short by Jonathan Blumberg for CNBC. Confidence plays a huge part in how men and women, or girls and boys, perceive themselves, their value, and their skill. This study backs up the importance of self-perception and shows how portrayal of women as “bad” at STEM negatively influences students and backs up outdated stereotypes.
  • Read: The Pilot Who Saved That Southwest Flight Is A Bada** by Justin T. Westbrook for Foxtrot Alpha. This week, a Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing after one of its engines exploded(!). The pilot who landed the aircraft safely is not only being lauded for her work in this emergency, but is one of the first women pilots in the Navy and one of the first women to fly the F/A 18 fighter jet.
  • Read: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Discusses the Unexplained Gender Pay Gap in Tech by Sissi Cao for Observer. Benioff didn’t believe Salesforce had a wage gap, because they have a “great culture” and don’t “pay people unequally.” But an internal audit showed that despite implementing fair-pay policy, a gap still existed. Wonder how Salesforce addressed the issue? Read on.
  • Read: IBM’s blockchain team is led by women. Here’s why that’s a big deal for Silicon Valley by Ruth Umoh for CNBC. In the male-dominated world of cryptocurrency, IBM is actively working to place female leaders and engineers in the spotlight. IMB’s blockchain division is female-led and female driven. While the majority of blockchain companies still default to the boys’ club, learn why IBM is focused on supporting and promoting women into leadership positions in blockchain and crytpo.

What are you reading, watching, and listening to? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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