5 Essential Reads for Women in Tech
By Rachel McCray
The tech industry has been a boy’s club for far too long. However, the times are changing and ladies are entering the tech hub community at a swift pace. Here are five best-selling gems that we suggest every female in the tech sphere should check out:
1. Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang - America’s Silicon Valley is a ‘bro culture’ and this book sheds light on the tech hub’s gender diversity problem. Top female entrepreneurs including Marissa Mayer and Susan Wojcicki offer insight on the expanding industry dominated by men.
2. Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman - San Francisco-based computer programmer and author, Ellen Ullman, explains the past 20 years of technology advancement and provides readers with the necessary tools to master the next 20. Ullman touches on the development of artificial intelligence, the power of computers as well as how technology affects society.
3. Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology by Vivek Wadhwa & Farai Chideya - Wadhwa and Chideya explore women in tech, the challenges they face, and why they are needed in the field. The book shares the experiences of women in technology and entrepreneurship and how they are tackling an unbalanced work environment. It offers encouragement and advice to women who want to enter and succeed in tech.
4. Hardball for Women: Winning at the Game of Business - Due to subconscious gender biases, advice given by men may not always be helpful for women trying to advance their career. The author challenges women to recognize workplace biases and use that information to their advantage. The book examines the challenges that women and men face when working with each other and how they can work together to create a balanced work life culture.
5.Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao - Authored by former Reddit CEO, Ellen Pao, this book takes readers through a first-hand account of a lost workplace discrimination lawsuit. As a result of her actions, numerous gender inequality lawsuits in the tech hub surfaced, leading to the term “Pao effect,” being coined.
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