The Stem Equity Network

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Summary

Emma Jones is the founder of the social impact business "Project F" specifically to improve gender-balance in technology teams and leadership, as well as the tech community group “Men Championing Change” providing a forum for men in tech to discuss and action gender balance in their own teams. She discusses her findings and suggestions for tackling systemic bias to address the gender imbalance not only in tech companies, but all STEM industries.

Show Notes

Emma Jones recognised the lack of gender diversity in tech teams and realised the real challenge was in trying to change this.  She found that the efforts from many companies were mostly "window dressing", and that the real issues were deeply systemic.  

In a recent Project F survey of over 1300 women in tech, the key issues were found to be:
1. Pay Equity (the pay gap in tech is 7% higher than the national pay gap )
2. Women friendly workspaces are very important
3. Social Initiatives and teams can ostracise women, and prevent leadership opportunities
4. Unconscious Bias is real and at every level

Project F goes into a company gets deep under the hood of their programs, systems, policies and processes and then provides a clear roadmap on required change for them to achieve gender balance in their tech and leadership teams.  

What is The Stem Equity Network?

A series of interviews with STEM professionals and leaders, detailing their career highlights and outlining the steps needed to achieve leadership equity.