Episode #25

NYC Women in Tech on Equality, Work-Life Balance

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Two high-powered women in tech — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg — are leading the debate about women, equality in the workplace and work-life balance.

This week on New Tech City, WNYC reporter Anna Sale talks to women in New York City's tech scene about what they think of the messages coming down from on high.

Mayer recently disallowed telecommuting in order to increase innovation, and Sandberg is encouraging women to work harder to break the glass ceiling. Her forthcoming book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead will be available March 11.

Sandberg has received praise and criticism in recent weeks, and there's no shortage of both around the water coolers of Silicon Alley. 

"I think she’s absolutely correct that we do need to lean in," said Cynthia Schames, senior business development executive at Performance Horizon Group. "A lot of times, we take ourselves off the playing field, to use a guy analogy."

"I think it’s quite bullying to say that the onus is on women to change the nature of the workplace today, and that it’s up to us to step up," said Rachael Ellison, founder of REworking Parents, which helps families and individuals balance work and life. 

Also on this week's episode, New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi gets on the Startup Bus with New York City entrepreneurs and hackers as they embark on a 72-hour odyssey to conceive, build and launch a startup on their way to the annual SXSW Interactive technology conference in Austin, Texas.

You can talk to the "bus-preneurs" on Twitter Tuesday morning. New Tech City is hosting a Tweet Chat with them at 11 a.m. for an update on how the trip is progressing. On Twitter, search for the handles @StartupBusNYC, @NewTechCity, @Manoushz, and @danielptucker

Or, type in the hashtag #Startupbus.

Hosted by:

Manoush Zomorodi

Produced by:

Wayne Shulmister and Daniel P. Tucker


Charlie Herman


Anna Sale

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Comments [3]

Martha from Hoboken (not Martha)

Hi Cynthia: That's what I suspected--air quotes *are* hard to hear over the radio. :)

Rock on, and keeping making trouble.

Mar. 11 2013 02:05 PM
Cynthia Schames from New York

Hi Martha, thanks for the comment. My comment was made in a context which unfortunately didn't make it into the edited piece; Anna and I had spoken earlier about concepts such as "guy analogies", so "playing field" was said with definite air quotes around it.
Thanks again for reading/listening--and for the right-ons about learning to code, and building a business. It's hard work, but I think women make some pretty amazing entrepreneurs!

Mar. 06 2013 01:34 AM
Martha from Martha

Why is "playing field" a "guy analogy?" Title IX is over 40 years old. I understand what Schames means (and right on to her coding and her business venture), still makes me sad.

Mar. 05 2013 12:07 PM

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