Sunday, February 05, 2006

Tech opportunities for women

A study of the supply of information technology workers in the United States estimates that if the number of women in the IT work force were raised to the level of men, the shortage of IT workers that currently exists would be filled says the Congressional Commission on the advancement of Women and Minorities in Science Engineering and Technology Development

For six months I've been volunteering with Girlstart , an organization aimed at bridging the gap between boys and girls in technology. It's been really exciting and fulfilling to see these 7th grade girls coming on Saturday, of their own free will, to learn about computers and really enjoying it to. By the end of four hours they had web pages and were glued to notepad tapping out code, largely without my assistance. It's fun to teach and I'm glad to give them something I never had BUT it's scary to see them coming up from behind me with youth and knowledge on their side

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1 Comments:

Blogger Sharon Meraz said...

What a great program. I'm excited by this (I do work in this area as well). As one of the lone women in IT was well, it is disheartening to see the figures drop for women in technology year after year.

I'm really happy that you're trying to do something about it!

2/07/2006 7:29 AM  

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