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Why are Women in Tech still Unicorns?; Stereotype Threats

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Slides from AWS Asian Women's Association (AAWA) community event in Singapore.

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Why are Women in Tech still Unicorns?; Stereotype Threats

  1. 1. WHY ARE WOMEN IN TECH STILL UNICORNS?: STEREOTYPE THREATS 1st June Lily Jang, AWS
  2. 2. ARE WOMEN IN TECH UNICORNS?
  3. 3. OVERALL PARTICIPATION Percentage of computing occupations held by women has been declining since 1991 (NCWIT Women in Tech Facts Report 2016)
  4. 4. FEMALE RETENTION 50% of women in STEM left jobs in their 12yr mark, while 80% of non-STEM professionals remains. (NCWIT Women in Tech Facts Report 2016)
  5. 5. WHERE DOES IT STEM FROM?
  6. 6. TEST What gender are you? -------- -------- -------- -------- TEST -------- -------- -------- -------- What gender are you?
  7. 7. Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Asian Women Control
  8. 8. Group 1 Group 3 Group 2 Asian Control Women>>
  9. 9. STEREOTYPE THREAT THE EXPERIENCE OF ANXIETY IN A SITUATION IN WHICH A PERSON HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CONFIRM A NEGATIVE STEREOTYPE ABOUT HIS OR HER SOCIAL GROUP
  10. 10. WHAT CAN WE DO?
  11. 11. FROM INDIVIDUALS • What glasses are YOU wearing? • The Growth Mindset One’s intelligence and ability is not fixed, but can change and grow incrementally, with practice and exercise. • Expand Your Professional Networks
  12. 12. FROM COMMUNITIES • Foster Sense of Belonging e.g. avoid homogenous interview team, attention called to gender during application, create inclusive physical environment of office • Reattribution Training; “It’s okay. We’ve been there” e.g. mentoring, buddy system, networking, team building • Increase the visibility and representation of people from minority groups in a field • And again..the Growth Mindset
  13. 13. LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE • 56% of Women in Tech leave their jobs at mid-level position. - however, 22% of these women do so to start their own business • 85% of Women in Tech say that they love their job. • Young women today are 33 percent more likely to study computer science compared with women born before 1983
  14. 14. WHAT YOU BELIEVE ACTUALLY MATTERS.
  15. 15. WHAT’S KEEPING YOU FROM BECOMING THE PERSON YOU WANT TO BE?
  16. 16. THANK YOU! yjang@amazon.com
  17. 17. RESOURCES • STEREOTYPE THREAT: AN OVERVIEW EXCERPTS AND ADAPTATIONS FROM REDUCING STEREOTYPE THREAT.ORG https://diversity.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/stereotype_threat_overview.pdf • National Center for Women & Information Technology report https://www.ncwit.org/sites/default/files/resources/womenintech_facts_fullreport_05132016. pdf • Empiriacally validated strategies to reduce stereotype threat https://ed.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/interventionshandout.pdf • Addressing Stereotype Threat is Critical to Diversity and Inclusion in Organizational Psychology https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4718987/ • Implicit Association Test http://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

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