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TGIF! This week we did a bit of traveling in our reading. We heard from those fighting for gender equality across the pond, and then went north to Seattle to examine tech giant, Microsoft.

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

Here’s what we’re reading – June 15

  • Read: What Managers Can Do to Keep Women in Engineering by Dulini Fernando, Laurie Cohen, and Joanne Duberley for the Harvard Business Review. It’s sadly not uncommon to hear about the influences that drive women from careers in STEM. This piece from the HBR examines how we can encourage women to stay. They spoke to a handful of women in the field to learn what’s motivated them to stay in their roles, how they build a support system, and more.
  • Read: Microsoft women confront company’s worker-friendly image by Margaret Cronin Fisk and Dina Bass for The Star. Microsoft has touted itself as a leader in setting the example for gender equality and diversity and inclusion. But under the wrappings of a company that promotes a healthy work-life balance and supports all its employees equally, there are still issues. Microsoft is facing a lawsuit from women engineers and IT specialists who argue that the company’s policies were hostile towards women and they faced discrimination based on gender.
  • Read: Why we need to close Wikipedia’s gender page gap by Sadiq Khan for The Telegraph. In news from across the pond, London Mayor Sadiq Khan penned this piece about a recent initiative at London Tech Week in partnership with Bloomberg. Wikipedia – arguably one of the internet’s go-to’s for information – suffers from a massive imbalance in the ratio of men’s and women’s biographies. Currently only 17 percent of bios on Wikipedia are about women. Mayor Khan’s initiative pairs schoolgirls, women in tech, and experts on Wikipedia and the tech industry to join together and create a surge in new women’s bios on the site.

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