21 May 2017 By Will Brodie
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As if the glass ceiling wasn’t enough, now high-achieving women have another obstacle to contend with: the glass cliff.
The term refers to women and other under-represented candidates gaining leadership roles that often prove more risky and precarious than those of their male counterparts. Think of women ascending to leadership roles just when organisations are likely to fail: British PM Theresa May, left to pick up the pieces after the Brexit vote, and Marissa Mayer, who took on the troubled tech giant, Yahoo, both spring to mind.
27 March 2017 By Will Brodie
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Have you ever met a female astronomer? A woman working as an industrial engineer? A girl coding?
Not many of us have, because the gender gap in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is immense, and growing.
Halt and Catch Fire, an engaging US drama about two women running a gaming company in the 1980's, is bringing this subject to the fore. The show is based on fact; there were more females working in computer science 35 years ago than there are today.