- Revise job descriptions to reduce gender stereotypes.
- Institute a blind resume screening process to reduce the potential for unconscious bias.
- Implement dual-career support mechanisms when relocation is involved.
- Hold executives and managers accountable for reaching diversity goals and targets.
- Measure and evaluate your efforts to increase the representation of women.
To be sure, women in the U.S. aren't coming out of undergraduate and graduate programs in computers sciences in huge numbers. As of 2009, only 18% of graduates in computer science were women, according to the report.
"A lot of companies see the same small set of schools," says Gammal about recruiting efforts that she says can and should be widened.
While Anita Borg's recommendations may sound radical to some, the study indicates that many companies do want to broaden their IT workforce to include more women. For instance, the Anita Borg report looks at recruitment efforts by firms that include Intuit, Cisco and IBM.
These companies, along with several others, including HP, Microsoft, CA Technologies, Salesforce.com, Facebook and Lockheed Martin, as well as government agencies such as the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation, offer public support to the Anita Borg Institute and its mission of bringing more women into IT.
In one case study in the "Solutions to Recruit Technical Women" report, Cisco is described as having a university program that "flipped the hiring process on its head. Rather than interviewing and hiring computer and engineering students for specific positions with potentially narrow job descriptions, the program has funneled pre-screened, talented technical students to a three-week orientation program" where candidates mingled with senior executives and business unit leaders to find out about the different parts of the Cisco business and technology.
"The approach provides all candidates, including women, with an opportunity to find the right personal and cultural fit within the organization," the Anita Borg report states, adding that "the Cisco Choice program" includes "a diversity strategy" and "consistently measures its success rates in recruiting technical women through the program and retaining them."