Ada Lovelace Day – tackling the toxic tech ‘bro culture’

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Ada Lovelace Day, which is held on the second Tuesday of October each year, is meant to be a vehicle to celebrate women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the annual live event at London’s Institution of Engineering and Technology moving online this year, its laudable aim is to promote potential new role models in order to encourage girls to embark on a STEM career and encourage those already in one to stay.

But the reasons for them choosing to do so are not necessarily very clear if the findings of a report by Women Who Tech entitled ‘The State of Women in Tech and Startups’ are to be believed. The study reveals that a huge 48% of the 1,000 or so females interviewed have experienced some form of harassment, with 63% of those affected being subjected to sexism and 43% to either sexual harassment or offensive slurs/’jokes’ respectively.

The most common venues to experience such behaviour were in the office during the day (88%) and at an offsite work event in the evening (32%) or during daylight hours (28%). The most likely perpetrators were colleagues (76%), direct supervisors (42%) and senior leaders (25%).

Even more worryingly though, less than a third (30%) of the women affected by abuse reported the situation to either HR (30%) or a senior leader (45%), with only a third indicating they trusted their employer enough to handle the allegations. And such feelings may be well-founded – of those who did report inappropriate behaviour, a mere 30% said their harasser faced any repercussions, although unfortunately 45% did so themselves.

To make matters worse, a massive seven out of 10 women felt their gender resulted in them being treated differently to their colleagues at work, compared with

Longhorns plan to continue drill tackling after defensive struggles in win over Texas Tech

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Here are three takeaways from Tom Herman’s appearance on Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference.

Tackling work starts now

Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash’s return to Big 12 play quickly turned into a long day at the office. The Longhorn defense allowed 441 total yards in Saturday’s win over Texas Tech. Poor tackling in the second half allowed the Red Raiders to storm in front late in the fourth quarter.

Herman said that whatever number of missed tackles they had Saturday, it was too many.

“You just practice,” Herman said. “You go through all your tackling drills, you add more into your body of practice. But in 2020 it’s not like we’re going to be lining up against our offense and running full-speed scrimmages just to get better at tackling. So we’ve got to find a way to do it in drill work.”

Ash’s reintroduction to Big 12 offenses didn’t go as planned, but Herman said that he and the defense are committed to improvement.

“Chris and I had been together at Iowa State, so it wasn’t exactly his first go-around in the Big 12,” Herman said. “I think Chris is well aware of the challenges, also well aware of how poorly we played at times in that game against Texas Tech.”

Running back highs and lows

Herman has made clear that the running back room is “by committee,” but junior Keaontay Ingram had the hot hand Saturday.

Ingram carried the ball 12 times for 89 yards and looked comfortable when called on in the second half. Sophomore Roschon Johnson recorded 16 carries, but racked up just 44 yards.

“I did think he adjusted well throughout the game,” Herman said. “Their nose guard is a really good player. … It took us a little bit to kind of figure out how