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CASBS Symposium: Women in Tech: Where Have We Seen Progress? Where are We Stuck?

In recent years we’ve seen a lot of progress in overcoming many gender stereotypes and biases involving women working in the tech field. But where are we still stuck, why, and what can we do about it? These questions were front and center on January 31, 2017, as the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University hosted the second installment in its 2016-17 symposium series. The symposium featured presentations by 2016-17 CASBS fellow Sapna Cheryan, a social psychologist at the University of Washington; and 2015-16 CASBS fellow Shelley Correll, a sociologist and director of the Michele R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford. The Clayman Institute co-sponsored the event. Cheryan's presentation focused on "Stereotypes of Computer Scientists Constrain Women's Opportunities in Tech." Correll spoke on "Evaluating Women and Men in Tech: The Gendered Language of Performance Assessment." Cheryan and Correll participated in a joint Q&A session following the presentations.