Equal Respect

It’s A Matter of Culture. Equality Means Equality. Period.

As the Information Networking Institute’s new director, Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis made a commitment to figuring out why there were only 2 out of 34 female students that year. After reviewing the research, she found that culture matters — so she created Women@INI to foster an equal playing field.

We Need to Bring Diversity to the Idea of Diversity

Dr. Uma Gupta, professor, STEM expert and highly-sought after motivational speaker, has studied human nature and its influence on our personal and professional lives. In this interview, she discusses diversity from a neurological point of view and explains why it’s about time that we change the conversation about the lack of diversity in cybersecurity and tech.

When You Give, You Get. The Power of Mentoring

Elena Elkina believes that even the most experienced and confident professional can use good career advice, and there’s no better way than through mentoring. Whether it is formalized or non-traditional mentorship, Elena provides a guide to looking for a mentor and reminds us that when you give, you get.

One Small Step for Woman, One Giant Leap for Equal Pay – Kind Of...

After decades of an average wage gap of 20% between men and women’s salaries for equal work, several cities and states have put their money where their mouth is by enacting legislation to make this illegal. How soon will all 50 States get on board with equal pay?

What Could Be the Mysterious Reason Why Girls Are Not Interested in Tech Careers?

When a girl gets a Computer Engineer Barbie who needs the help of two boys to code, that sends a very clear message to her. Barbie may be modeled on life, but Mattel must realize that it needs to ensure that it models the doll on relevant, inclusive, diverse life.

And Then, Suddenly, Women Stopped Coding. What Happened in 1984?

From ‘Dreamtime Barbie With Her Cuddly Bear’ to ‘I Can Be Computer Engineer Barbie,’ we’ve come a long way in showing girls what they can aspire to. So why has the number of women studying computer science been steadily declining since 1984?

8 Companies with Chief Diversity Officer Positions

The topic of diversity in the workplace has gotten more attention in the last few years, but what does that really mean in the tech industry? Many companies have put their money where their mouth is and created a Chief Diversity Officer position. Here are eight of them.

Can Women in Intelligence Use Gender Bias to Their Advantage?

Former covert agent Valerie Plame compares working at the CIA to working in cybersecurity –  and how she was able to use gender bias to her advantage.

Dr. Uma Gupta Says That Workplace Diversity Begins With Self

The word “diversity” is about so much more than just hiring more women in the workplace. Dr. Uma Gupta discusses how the human brain actually thrives on diversity and why you should get dressed in reverse order.

The Modern-Day James Bond Is Autistic, Dyslexic or a Mother

Britain’s GCHQ has been actively recruiting neurodiverse people into their foreign espionage workforce, but it doesn’t take a 007 to figure out that the cybersecurity industry needs to broaden their pipeline and get more creative about recruiting more diverse individuals.

Hidden Figures of Past and Present, as Inspiration for Future Generations

The new movie Hidden Figures, about three black female mathematicians at NASA who were key figures in the space program that sent the first American astronauts into space, is proving that role models who look like you makes all the difference.

Support Someone by Saying “I See You” and “You Are Not Alone.”

Through the experience of working with school kids and teachers across the Midwest — in rural, suburban and urban communities — the idea kept resurfacing: kids who face adversity develop resiliency. In this Equal Respect article, Sandee Kastrul asks: "How Can We Even Begin to Dream It if We Cannot See It?"

Katherine Johnson, a Hidden Figure, a Woman in Technology

Hidden Figures, the true story of three female African-American mathematicians whose expertise allows NASA to launch the program's first successful space mission, puts black women front and center in this movie as well as back on the history pages — where they belong.

Ageism in the Tech Industry & Other Bias. Let’s Fight ‘Em All

When it comes to the tech/InfoSec/cybersecurity industries, how important is age? Should the number of times you’ve gone around the sun be irrelevant or does growing up with technology actually make you better qualified for a tech job?

Most Companies Believe They Understand Diversity. Do They?

CTO2 co-founder Heather Corallo learned the hard way that all the research and best practices in the world won’t make a difference to diversity in tech if the policies are still being created without the input of these minorities.

This Is Why Men Should Fight Mightily to Defeat the Infosec Gender Gap

Entrepreneurs and businesses know, better than anyone, that survival is contingent upon adaptability. So why is there still a lack of diversity in this field? Avani Desai brings 15 years’ of experience in the IT field to offer her own suggestions as to how to close this gender gap.

Too Many Biases in Job Descriptions. Also, Are You Hiring Ninjas? Really?

When Director of Human Resources Amy Dolan started using a tool that flags sexist wording in their job descriptions, they increased their female employees from 28 to 44 in nine months. No one was more surprised than she was.

Guatemalan | 4’9” | Female | US Army Sergeant | Cyber Forensics Student | Badass

Cinthya Grajeda-Mendez, the first and only female to ever join the UNH Cyber Forensics Research & Education Lab, has twice found herself in a field dominated by men. From the military to cyber forensics, this 4’9” woman is the epitome of never giving up on your dreams and not taking “no” for an answer.

Women in IT Security? Of Course "We Can Do IT"

In this interview, Carolyn April, senior director of industry analysis at CompTIA, sheds light on how companies can recruit more women into security careers to fill the growing skills gap. Plus, create your own personalized Rosie the Riveter avatar via Make Tech Her Story!

Grace Hopper 2016: Blazing New Trails for Diversity

Chenxi Wang, Chief Strategy Officer of Twistlock and co-founder of ITSPmagazine’s Equal Respect column, reflects on her experiences at this year’s Grace Hopper conference and the hope and excitement it continues to inspire for women in tech.