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EQUALS Global Partnership

EQUALS is a ground-breaking global network delivered by a committed partnership of international organizations, governments, and private sector companies around the world working together to bridge the digital gender divide – by bringing women to tech, and tech to women – and in so doing, bettering the lives of millions worldwide.

How does EQUALS work?

By promoting awareness, building political commitment, leveraging resources and knowledge, harnessing the capacities of partners, and supporting real action – EQUALS seeks to achieve digital gender equality and through this, to improve the livelihoods of millions around the world.

EQUALS was founded in 2016 by five partners: the International Telecommunications Union, UN Women, the International Trade Centre, GSMA and the United Nations University.

Today, EQUALS is a growing global network of more than 50 partners – including governments, companies and NGOs.

Why do we need digital gender equality?

Around the globe in developing or developed countries, women are being held back from participating in the financial, educational, social and health resources of the digital technology-driven world – both in terms of benefiting from these and contributing to these. The digital gender divide is one of the largest gender divides in our world today – while its negative impact is substantial and felt by all.

In families, communities and professional roles, women’s perspectives, skills and experiences bring important value – strengthening societies, building economies, advancing knowledge and ultimately improving livelihoods.

It is clear that without women’s participation in digital technology development and access to digital technology resources – we all lose.

Their Focus

EQUALS works to reverse the increasing digital gender divide, and to close the gap by 2030 – supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 by empowering women through their use of information and communication technologies. An action plan of data gathering, knowledge sharing and advocacy strengthening drives the EQUALS network partnership.

For more information about their program and additional resources, click here.

Technology at Berkeley

Equity & Inclusion: Working together to ensure an inclusive and positive environment for all.

IST senior management, in partnership with the IST Action Team, and input from staff across the organization are developing an approach to address concerns about equity and inclusion. These are issues we feel strongly must be addressed programmatically, over time, in tangible and specific ways on a number of fronts.

This website shares details about what we are working on and what to expect over the coming months. The IST Equity and Inclusion program is a parallel initiative to ReIT Strategy 7: Diversity and Inclusion which aims to integrate equity, inclusion, and diversity into all areas of IT on campus by actively engaging UC Berkeley’s training programs, research, and principles of community. We welcome all ideas and feedback for how we can ensure our organization is a positive and safe working environment for all.

For more information about their program and additional resources, click here.

Virginia Tech Women's Leadership & Mentoring Program

University of Colorado Boulder Applied Computer Science BS Degree Program

University of Illinois Professional Master of Computer Science (MCS) Program

Virginia Tech Online Master of Information Technology

National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)

NCWIT is a non-profit community that convenes, equips, and unites change leader organizations to increase the meaningful participation of all women - at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status - in the influential field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development.

Before NCWIT was chartered in 2004 by the National Science Foundation, programs focusing on women and computing existed mostly in isolation - without the benefit of shared best practices, effective resources, communication with others, or national reach. Today, these programs are part of the NCWIT community, creating a far greater impact than if institutions acted alone.

Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program

The Women in IT Networking at SC program is a three year program funded by the National Science Foundation and DOE/ESnet. It was developed as a means for addressing the prevalent gender gap that exists in Information Technology (IT) particularly in the fields of network engineering and high performance computing (HPC). It was originally introduced as a pilot program in November 2015 at the SC15 conference in Austin, Texas. The program enables five talented early to mid-career women from diverse regions of the U.S. research and education community IT field to participate in the ground-up construction of SCinet, one of the fastest and most advanced computer networks in the world. WINS is a joint effort between the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER), and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

FORWARD - Focus on Resources for Women's Advancement, Recruitment/Retention, and Development

North Dakota State University (NDSU) FORWARD began as a self-initiated group of NDSU faculty, staff, and administrators interested in submitting a National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant proposal. Very soon, however, the group realized that, while they were developing the ADVANCE proposal, they could also initiate and encourage some institutional changes that would benefit and advance women faculty.

FORWARD, now with the participation from each NDSU's academic colleges, is committed to these specific goals:

  • Improve the climate across the campus and narrow the gap between men's and women's perceptions of the campus climate;
  • Employ targeted recruiting strategies to recruit women faculty;
  • Retain more women faculty through their probationary period and the promotion/tenure process;
  • Support women associate professors as they move to full professor, and hire advanced rank women to build a critical mass; and
  • Promote and hire women faculty into academic leadership positions.

NDSU, through its NSF ADVANCE FORWARD Initiative, developed and implemented the Advocates & Allies (A&A) approach, a signature program designed to improve gender equity through the direct and proactive engagement of men faculty.

Advocates, senior men faculty who educate themselves about issues of gender inequity; and

Allies, men faculty whom the Advocates train as proponents for gender equity in their departments.

NDSU worked with the following institutions to establish A&A programs on their campuses; members of those campus communities now serve on NDSU's External Advisory Board for the NSF PLAN project:

2014 CRA Taulbee Survey Report

Source: Computing Resource News - May 2015

2014 CRA Taulbee Survey Report.pdf

Relentless Growth in Undergraduate CS Enrollment; Doctoral Degree Production Remains Strong, But No New Record

Unconscious Bias and Why It Matters for Women in Tech

Unconscious bias is an important concept to understand because the barriers encountered by women in tech aren’t always overt. Learning to identify hidden roadblocks will help you hire and retain technical women. NCWIT’s first interactive video resource, “Unconscious Bias and Why It Matters for Women in Tech,” is a useful tool to get you started on this subject.

Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS)

Since 2011, Applied Computer Security Associates, sponsor of the ACSAC and NSPW conferences, has offered scholarships for women in security-related undergraduate and masters' degree programs through the Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS, Thanks to a $250,000 4-year contribution by Hewlett-Packard company in early 2014, ACSA expanded our program to award 11 scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. The Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), an arm of the Computing Research Alliance, led selection of scholarship winners. Information about the 11 SWSIS Scholars (scholarship winners) is available at ACSA, CRA-W, and HP are pleased to announce that applications for 2015-16 scholarships are open Dec 15 2014 - Feb 15 2015. To apply, an applicant must provide: * An essay describing her interest and background in the information security field. * A current transcript. * A resume or CV. * At least two letters of reference (typically from faculty members). * Her university name and class status. The scholarship is renewable for a second year subject to availability of funds, given proof of satisfactory academic progress. Preference is for US citizens or permanent residents; funds are available for use at any US campus of a US university. More information at or Jeremy Epstein, Director, Scholarship Programs Applied Computer Security Associates, Inc. Rebecca Wright, CRA-W Director for SWSIS Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research

Michigan State University study looks at gender and 'image management'

Say you’re a woman, and  you’re interviewing for a job in a traditionally male-dominated field like engineering. What qualities about yourself should you highlight in your interview? A new MSU study offers some ideas.

Current State’s Melissa Benmark spoke with one of study’s co-authors, Ann Marie Ryan. She’s a professor of organizational psychology at MSU.  Listen (10 minutes)

Google - Inspiring the next generation of tech innovators

We want to inspire young people around the world not just to use technology, but to create it.

Visit Google's Diversity website for ideas on scholarships, internships, and longer term investments in CS: Education, Research, and Advocacy.

SciGirls Connect

The SciGirls brand has grown into a far-reaching transmedia enterprise, serving girls, families and educators in both English and Spanish. Evidence-based practices in STEM education for girls, SciGirls’ videos, online resources, hands-on activities and professional development work together to address a singular but powerful goal: to inspire, enable, and maximize STEM learning and participation for all girls, encouraging greater interest in STEM careers.

Outreach Partnerships: Partnerships with nationally recognized STEM and  girl-serving organizations such as the National Girls Collaborative Project, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), National 4-H Council and American Association of University Women (AAUW) have helped us amplify our reach and impact.

SciGirls Government Connections: SciGirls is participating in several  government-driven initiatives, including a Girls in STEM Collaboration at the White House as part of the Educate to Innovate campaign.

Learn more about SciGirls:

Women Who Choose Computer Science - What Really Matters

The critical role of exposure and encouragement

Abstract: Google believes that a diverse workforce leads to better products for diverse users, and is especially committed to reversing the negative trends around women in Computer Science. To guide the company’s outreach and investments in this space, Google conducted a study to identify and understand the factors that influence young women’s decisions to pursue degrees in Computer Science. It identified encouragement and exposure as the leading factors influencing this critical choice and learned that anyone can help increase female participation in Computer Science, regardless of their technical abilities or background. Women Who Choose CS - What Really Matters.pdf   Click here to view on the Web.

FIRST -  For  Inspiration  and  Recognition of  Science and  Technology

Our mission is to show students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all. Founder Dean Kamen invites you to get behind FIRST, too. University participation can include Scholarships, sponsorship of competitions, and additional participation. Read more about the FIRST Vision and Mission

University of Michigan's ADVANCE "good practices" website

Here’s a link to what Michigan has compiled as a result of their work in improving recruiting and retention of women in the sciences. The current program is now broader than gender and STEM, but it’s worth being aware of what they’re doing.

Virginia Tech’s Advance project, AdvanceVT

Like other Advance programs, the goal is to improve recruiting, retention, and advancement of women in science and engineering.

There is also an Advance portal that “aims to link the activities of NSF Advance grant recipients.”

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