Thoughts from Women Execs at Google.
Read the whole interview here.
These were my favorite questions and responses that they had.
WSJ: How important is it for women to have mentors?
Ms. Wojcicki: One thing that’s more important than mentoring is having peers and friends. It’s not an accident the three of us are still here. We joined within a month of each other. We had each other and that was worth a lot.
Ms. Fitzpatrick: That sort of thing is especially important for women where confidence tends to get in their way, especially in the early years.
WSJ: Is the small proportion of women in technology a problem or not?
Ms. Wojcicki: I would like to see more women in technology. I would welcome and enjoy having more women to work with.
I think this is really true!
This scares me about re-entering the tech industry after taking a break (for child-rearing):
WSJ: What challenges do women face in the industry?
Ms. Wojcicki: There is a lot of opportunity for people to come in fresh, to start their own business. On the other hand, because it’s so fast-moving if you drop out of that market, it’s harder to come back in. You can’t do a lot of these jobs two days a week, like you could do in other types of careers.
WSJ: Do tech companies in Silicon Valley do a good job of helping women re-enter the work force and have good maternity-leave policies?
Ms. Fitzpatrick: We have positive examples of people who have taken multiple years off. It’s possible, but it takes a lot of motivation.
This [Tech] is a market with a talent shortage. Computer scientists (not just women computer scientists) are decreasing.