PE HUB » Despite lip service, #Silicon_Valley venture capital still a #man’s_world
When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay, Sheri Atwood expected all kinds of suggestions — but not the tip she got from a female investor who suggested she dye her blonde hair darker to be taken more seriously by venture capitalists.
The percentages of women majoring in engineering, #computer_science and math have declined over the last decade, to 19 percent, 18 percent, and 43 percent of all students majoring in each of those fields, respectively, according to the National Science Foundation.
The percentage of female entrepreneurs has stagnated since the early 1980s at around 27 percent, says Ross Levine, a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
“You have to say, ‘Where are the women in computer science?’” said Ann Winblad, a founding partner at Hummer Winblad, who added that her firm hires partners largely from the group of company founders it has backed.