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Top 10 Ways to Ally for Women in Technology

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10 ways to ally for woman in technology. Learn simple ways to support women in the workplace and the Java community - in the office, at conferences, and online. Become more confident in speaking up to support women and be more aware of the challenges facing women.

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Top 10 Ways to Ally for Women in Technology

  1. 1. TOP 10 WAYS TO ALLY FOR WOMEN IN TECH HEATHER VANCURA TOP 10
  2. 2. (S)HE WHO IS BRAVE IS FREE SENECA
  3. 3. TECH IS A MERITOCRACY - WORKING HARD IS ALL IT TAKES IF ONLY THIS WAS TRUE
  4. 4. WOMEN NOT GIRLS
  5. 5. 1. ALLY AS A VERB A THING YOU DO NOT A THING YOU ARE
  6. 6. 2. BE OPEN & LISTEN We will all make mistakes BE SIMPLE BE KIND
  7. 7. 3. BE AWARE ASSIGNMENT DISTRIBUTION Be aware of Housework vs Real work Managing Projects vs. Owning and Writing the Code Society Value of work when women do it
  8. 8. 4. FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT FOR YOU AND OTHERS AROUND YOU birds of a feather flock together
  9. 9. 5. SPEAK UP MEETINGS FORUMS CONFERENCES woman makes a suggestion & no reaction/response man makes the same suggestion & claims credit against casual sexism
  10. 10. 6. INTERVENE IN DIFFICULT SITUATIONS
  11. 11. 7. CHARACTER TRAITS BE AWARE AND FILTER
  12. 12. CHARACTER CRITICISM “Abrasive [...] was used 17 times to describe 13 different women, but the word never appeared in men’s reviews.” Tightrope. Prove it and Prove it again.
  13. 13. 8. LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD ENCOURAGE NORMS Identify behaviors women find uncomfortable Especially in hiring & promotions; potential vs experience SELF PROMOTION SALARY NEGOTIATION
  14. 14. 9. EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT UNCONSCIOUS BIAS We all have bias That is part of being human Mentor someone different from you
  15. 15. 10. SUGGEST WOMEN SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE WOMEN SPEAKERS all male panel, almost
  16. 16. YOU ARE HERE YOU ARE AWESOME
  17. 17. BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE
  18. 18. @HEATHERVC HEATHER VANCURA THANK YOU

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