• Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to celebrate International Women’s Day

    by Beena Ammanath The very first International Women’s Day was on March 8, 1909 in New York. It was organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the strike organized by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers union in 1908 for women to get equal pay as men. Since then, March 8 has been marked as International Women’s Day. Women’s Day was never meant to make women feel special or to celebrate women just because of their gender. Its goal was always to raise awareness about the atrocities some women go through just because of their gender. Over time, this day has also expanded to include a celebration of women’s achievements across the globe. Most importantly, it’s a reminder and a call for action to promote equality between genders.  Every year, the day is marked around the world with celebrations, performances, inspirational talks, networking events, conferences, marches and pledges. Women are half the human race, yet globally many women still lack basic rights and equality. I have met women who don’t have a voice, who are denied basic education, whose aspirations are considered irrelevant in different parts of the world. Studies show that globally, significant work is needed to improve women’s

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  • Impostor Syndrome: The Quiet Confidence Killer

    By Janice Levenhagen Imagine you just landed the job of a lifetime. You’re sitting at your desk, surrounded by brilliant peers who are at the top of their game. Slowly, you start to question why you’re there. You’re obviously not as talented as the people around you – they make the job look so easy. Nor did you get here on your merits – you just got lucky in your previous job and only look good on paper. No, somehow you conned your way into this position and it’s only a matter of time before everyone sees you for what you are: a fraud. None of this is true, of course, but chances are the feeling is all-too-familiar. There’s even a name for it: impostor syndrome. It’s the feeling that you’re undeserving of the success you’ve achieved in life. This creeping self-doubt is a confidence killer, and can often hold women back from reaching their full professional potential. This translates into taking fewer risks, and not asking for promotions and pay raises when deserved. I succumbed to impostor syndrome early in my career. There wasn’t much female representation among computer engineers when I started out, and the guys I worked

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  • Knocking down the glass walls of technology in 2017

    By Janice Levenhagen-Seeley We’ve come a long way, but there is more work to do Much has been said about the glass ceiling – an invisible, unbreakable barrier that often prevents women and minorities from moving up the corporate ladder. Within the technology industry, it’s more than just a ceiling. Glass walls are being built, keeping certain people in and others out. It’s an architecture flaw that doesn’t bode well for an industry that consistently struggles to recruit and retain women into high-tech careers. Only 18 percent of computer science majors are women, and 56 percent of women in computer science jobs leave the industry by mid-career. Not only is the lack of women in tech careers bad for equality and fairness, it’s bad for business. Without the diverse perspectives of people from different backgrounds, innovation sputters and creativity drags. Businesses with greater racial and gender equality were found to have higher revenue, more customers, greater market share, and greater profits than those with less equality. A clear business-case can be made for the urgent need to get more women interested in technology career, and that’s where ChickTech comes i Increasing the ranks January 2017 marks the sixth anniversary of

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  • ChickTech’s Selfie Challenge

    #chicktechselfies Join ChickTech in creating positive media! Inspired by the film MissRepresentation, we challenge you to take selfies that show women in a positive, empowering way. Let’s change the way women are portrayed in media by creating our *own* media! You have until 5:30pm on Sunday August 24th to show us your best. Post on twitter and use hashtags #chicktechselfies and #missrep or tag us @ChickTechOrg. Don’t do the twitter, but want your picture on the twitter machine? Email selfies to [email protected] If you want to show your support but don’t want to share your selfie with the world, tell us and we will honor your contribution without posting your photo.

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  • Women in Tech Series – Jennifer Ng Ain Kin

    Hey all! This is our first Women in Tech participant. Jennifer Ng Ain Kin is a Project Manager of Regulatory Affairs at Abbott Point of Care. Through our contact, I learned that Jennifer is a mother of two and has lots to say about her career. Thanks Jennifer for being the first one to participate in this really awesome series! Jennifer Ng Ain Kin Six Word Memoir: Always Be Myself. Now. Then. Later. How has being a women influenced/affected your career? “I have never been subjected to any pointed discrimination during my 20+ year career but I still have some difficult situations which I think would have been smoother if I was a man. E.g. Peers stereotyping me as a submissive Asian woman at sight and then not able to reconcile with me: very articulate, very well-informed and will not cower when facing obstacles.” Do you have any stories or particularly memorable experiences? “Many many … I love making connections. Making others successful is what I enjoy doing. Not for myself. I know that I am limited by my current knowledge and skills but I figured a while back that I can be the catalyst to many so I try

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  • ChickTech Summer Reading List: A Little F’d Up

    When Julie Zellinger had a lot to say, and nowhere to go- she turned to the internet. Ten years later, we see thefbomb.org, one of the most successful feminist blogs out there. Now she’s written a book, called “A Little F’ed Up,” which takes readers through a whirlwind history course on feminism, and then debunks and discusses almost every issue or controversy surrounding the phrase. Here at Chick Tech, we highly recommend this book, and if you have time, thefbomb.org. Check out our interns reviews: Julie Zellinger’s A Little F’d Up gives the tentative feminist, or even nonbeliever, a deeper look at the world of feminism. She writes for the teenage demographic, yet appeals to knowledge-seekers of any age. Her straightforward writing gives the reader a refreshing perspective to the implication of feminism. Her piece not only describes the meaning of feminism today, but also includes a brief history, as well as some of the common misconceptions that follow the infamous dogma. A Little F’d Up dives deep into the roots of these misconceptions, and asks us, as teenagers, to look at the way we’re living our lives and ponder whether or not the expectations that are placed on us

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  • ChickTech Summer Reading List: Grace and Grit

    Are you an avid reader? Here at ChickTech, we’ve been doing some summer reading- and we highly recommend you check out Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond, written by Lilly Ledbetter with Lainer Scott Isom. This book tell the true story of Lilly Ledbetter, and her fight against the gender discrimination she faced at Goodyear Tire company. Our mission is all about helping women enter and stay in technology- a male-dominated field, so Lilly’s battle for equality is very similar to what women in tech could experience. Check out our intern’s reviews: I loved this book. It was a very personal memoir, chock-full of sadness, happiness, and a very honest account of a hard working, middle class life. Moreover, reading through the blatant discrimination that Lilly faced was an important reminder that the fight for equality is not over. This is a quick read, and utterly relevant for anyone interested in politics, feminism, or today’s workplace culture. -Annie Savaria-Watson   Grace and Grit is an inspiring although sad story about how Lilly Ledbetter, new to the Goodyear tire company, became a manager and dedicated her life to that company. Still, she was repaid throughout

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  • What Do You Wish Someone Had Told You About Computer Science?

    I recently ran across an article on EdSurge by Jasmine Tsai in which she states “The one thing that I wish I had known about computer science (and programming more generally) earlier is that it is a profoundly creative and interdisciplinary pursuit.” This is true! Perhaps you would have to experience this to believe it, but it got me to thinking: what should we be telling our ChickTech: High School girls about computer science? What do I wish someone had told me? (answer:  you don’t have to be a stereotypical geek to enjoy it). So here’s a question for you professional women out there who are already in the field — what do you wish someone had told YOU? E-mail your stories and experiences to [email protected] and we’ll feature you as a guest blogger in a future post.

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    New Presentation: All About ChickTech

    There’s a new handy way to learn about ChickTech and teach others about ChickTech. View the presentation: All About ChickTech. The presentation includes: Mission Goals Current Programs Results of ChickTech: High School Current Needs Partners  

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    Resume & Career Workshop: 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend

    If you can answer YES to the following question … Did you attend ChickTech: High School at Portland State University in January 2013? … then, you should click here and RSVP for the first follow-up event: The Resume & Career Workshop. Here are 10 reasons why you should attend: It takes place on March 16, from 1 p.m. – 5p.m. (That’s a Saturday, on a non-finals weekend, and it leaves plenty of time before and after to do fun stuff with family and friends on your day off!) It’s hosted at ISITE Design, a digital agency in Portland. (That means you get a peek inside a potential career path: coding, IT, user experience, digital strategy, and more, are all parts of a modern digital marketing and advertising agency.) You could win a $200 gift certificate to Saturday Academy in a raffle at the event. (That means you can take a class you hand-pick from their wide selection of interesting topics including film/animation, computer science, computer programming, and more.) There will be snacks. (Enough said.) You will learn how to give a good handshake. (Seems minimal, but it’s a good thing to know!) You will learn how to do everything right at

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