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New Tech and Women in the Workplace


New Tech and Women in the Workplace

Katherine Feeney shares a Forbes article where she was interviewed on how emerging technology is affecting women who work.

As an independent adviser on private equity deals, Katherine Feeney has figured out how to liaise with clients from almost anywhere in the world. She has made presentations from locations that include a mountain hut in Canada and a surf camp in Indonesia.

Feeney started her one-woman consultancy — which helps private equity funds do the due diligence on their investments — two years ago after leaving professional services firm Bain & Co. With a laptop and two portable monitors, she reckons she can work from anywhere that has WiFi.

This has been made possible, Feeney says, by advances in technology as well as by “the way the pandemic made remote work in professional services much more accepted”.

New technology is reshaping the way we all work, displacing jobs and changing the skills employers look for. In some ways, women stand to lose out since they are under-represented in emerging fields such as artificial intelligence (AI). But women also stand to gain from emerging technology.

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Joseph Fuller, who co-leads Harvard Business School’s Managing the Future of Work research programme, says it will allow women to overcome skills gaps that stop them entering many male-dominated professions, such as construction, warehouse operations, or financial analysis.

Key points include:

  • Impact of AI

  • Historical gender roles and biases in education

  • Female-dominated professions

Read the full article, New tech is both a threat and a benefit for women’s access to work, on