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Women’s News: Google’s Megan Smith On The 2 Innovations That Will Get More Women Into Tech

Women’s News: Google’s Megan Smith On The 2 Innovations That Will Get More Women Into Tech

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Women’s News: The One Sure Way to Get Married

Women’s News: The One Sure Way to Get Married

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Women’s News: Google’s Megan Smith On The 2 Innovations That Will Get More Women Into Tech

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Could two simple innovations bridge the gender gap in tech jobs? VP of Google[x], Megan Smith, thinks so.

Women 2.0 — an organization that aims to “increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education” — recently announced the speakers for their annual conference, which will focus on how women in tech can further advance by 2020. A number of impressive thought-leaders will take the stage at the event and share their visions, including Smith, the conference’s keynote speaker.

Though Smith has made it to the top of the tech industry, her high-ranking position as a woman is hardly standard in the field. In a July 19th interview with Women 2.0 editor Jessica Stillman published on Forbes, Smith spoke about the future of women in tech, revealing the two innovations she believes will get more women involved in the field by 2020.

According to Smith, the first step towards narrowing the gender divide in tech is to teach technology-related material in class while girls are still young. In fact, failing to require tech-based curriculum leaves the U.S. behind other countries. Smith told Forbes:

There are several places in Vietnam where they’re teaching computer science from second grade in class, so they don’t have a gender divide because everybody is expected to program. By 11th grade kids are doing Google interview-level solutions. We need to have making, including computer science, shop, etc. as part of the core curriculum from the beginning, not just an optional afterschool thing. Things like First Robotics and all of those great programs need to become mainstream.

But getting tech-based curricula in classrooms across the country is hardly enough. The way we teach STEM-related topics, Smith said, makes all the difference:

Math has been taught a particular way for a very long time. Fine, but it pulls the same small subset of kids into mathematics. We have two boys, and one of our kids is much more interested in history and stories, so if you want him to do some calculations about lenses you would start talking to him about Galileo…Then he would be into the lenses, but if you just start talking to him about lenses he might not stay with you. Each kid is unique in what captures their attention and their passion.

For more of Smith’s thoughts on how the tech industry will evolve over the rest of the decade, read the entire interview on Forbes.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/19/megan-smith-google-innovations-women-tech_n_3623954.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Women’s News: The One Sure Way to Get Married

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Melanie Notkin

CEO Melanie Notkin Media, Inc/Savvy Auntie

Jessica, an acquaintance, had unsolicited advice for me. When we bumped into each other on the street, she shared that she had recently become engaged. “I went to everything! Every party, every event, even the ones I thought would be awful. And then I met Matthew at a singles thing I wasn’t even going to go to but I rallied and went — and that was it. He was the one!” Jessica looked me squarely in the eyes: “Go to everything. You have to. Everything. That’s where you’ll find him!”

“You have to be open to meeting him where you least expect it,” added Kim a few weeks later. “I met my husband when I was out walking, just waiting at a red light. We exchanged glances and then we started talking… anyway, that’s really the best way to meet a guy. Just look around you. He’s right there! But you have to be looking.”

Sara, a 34-year-old religious woman, well-past the age she expected to be married, had curious advice for me. “Stop praying to find him,” she said. “I was praying every day asking God to help me find the man I would marry, and one day, I just stopped praying and stopped looking. I know it sounds crazy coming from me, but a month later, I met Adam at a friend’s Shabbat dinner table. He was sitting right next to me. So, stop praying for him and you’ll find him. I promise.”

These well-meaning words of advice were all unsolicited. Being single is seen as a chronic problem that needs to be solved and those who just had it solved want to share their secret, i.e. the secret to finding love and getting married. Some engaged and married women believe that the way they met their spouse, or how their long-single friend met her spouse, is the one sure way to get married.

“If I were you,” a long-time married friend who never online-dated offered, “I’d be on dating sites all the time. ‘So-and-so’ met her husband there! And ‘so-and-so’ is very serious with this guy she met online. I would be on online every single day. I don’t know why you’re not on JDate every single day! You just type in your criteria and there are men right there!”

“You have to throw out your list!” offered a recently-engaged woman via email. (Please note, I don’t have a so-called ‘list.’) “I am engaged to a guy I never would have dated years ago, but I threw out my list and now I’m marrying the least-likely guy. And I’m so happy and in love! There are a ton of men out there but maybe you’re looking for the wrong type of man.”

“You have to manifest your true love, everything you desire, and your love will come into your life,” emailed a woman who fell in love and married at age 42. “I created a vision board, and I started meditating on finding the one, and I wrote love letters to the man I knew would one day come into my life. And then the man I dreamed of finally came into my life! He even looks like the man on my vision board. You can manifest it, too!”

“I read Calling In The One by Katherine Woodward Thomas and a month later, I met the man I would marry! I’m sending you a copy right now. Read it! Every single chapter. Do all the exercises. You’ll meet him like next week,” practically guaranteed an industry colleague.

“I didn’t like my husband at all on the first date, or the second or the third,” offered a friend who might have been exaggerating a bit about how she felt about her great-looking, really kind, outgoing, successful husband. “But I kept going out with him and a few months later we got engaged. You have to keep giving a guy a chance. Even if you think he’s not for you.”

“Don’t give up!” said a woman who asked me if I were dating anyone special. I am not. “You cannot give up!” she added even louder. “He’s out there. You have to believe it!”

“Who said I gave up?” I replied.

Of course I believe there is love out there for me. The fact that I haven’t found it yet doesn’t mean it has eluded me forever.”

I also believe that it simply hasn’t been my time yet. Perhaps I had to become who I am today, or will be tomorrow, to attract that right man into my life. Perhaps he made the wrong choice years ago and I’ve had to wait for him to be ready to make the right choice. Perhaps I wasn’t meant to be married just yet – or ever; maybe I’m just meant to have great moments of great love here and there. I have had those moments and they have been beautiful.

I think the secret to finding love and getting married, if that is one’s goal, is not to focus on how others did it as the best or exclusive way for it to finally happen, simply because their destiny is not your own. Just like their love was not meant to be my love, or your love, their way of finding that love was meant for them.

Love is out there. I have no doubt. And when I find him, I’ll be sure to not insist you do the same thing I did when I met him. After all, he and I will have both been exactly where we needed to be at the exact time we were meant to be there. Of course, just like any goal, one has to try things, put in some effort and take risks. And those things may be all, some, one or none of the solutions listed above.

The one thing I do know for sure is that I have not married the wrong man. I am not in the wrong life being the wrong wife. And so, at the very least, I know I must be doing something right.

Melanie Notkin’s second book, Otherhood, lightly based on some of her posts here onHuffington Post Women, will be released in early 2014 by Seal Press and Penguin Canada.Melanie Notkin is the national bestselling author of Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers and All Women Who Love Kids(Morrow/HarperCollins)

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melanie-notkin/the-one-sure-way-to-get-married_b_3600042.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

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