There’s No Ambition Gap: Truth About Women in Tech - SXSW Interactive 2013 by SXSW published on 2013-03-12T23:21:25Z Here are the problems with how closing the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is often approached: We tell girls to simply be more ambitious. But from all of the girls and women I interact with, I don’t see an ambition gap. We tell women that if they just act more like men, they’ll get more funding for their startups. But we ignore the fact that if they were a man pitching, they wouldn’t have to simultaneously navigate around being asked on a date in the middle of their pitch. We ask women to speak at conferences and when we still have a roster of mostly men, we can at least say we tried. But we never work to truly understand why women are more likely to say “no” in the first place. This session is about challenging our assumptions and putting a different truth on the table, based on my current experience leading NY Tech Meetup, the largest Meetup in the world, and my past experience leading a Girl Scout council supporting 15,000 girls.