A quick scan of almost any IT department -- from the trenches to the corner office -- confirms it: Women who embrace technology as a lifelong career remain a rare breed. To be sure, opportunity for women in technology has advanced in the past few decades, as have education initiatives aimed at leveling the playing field, but for every woman rising to prominence or embarking on a profession in IT, there seems to be another opting out of her career in technology.It may not be surprising that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women filled only 26.7 percent of computer and mathematical positions in 2006. What’s troubling is that this percentage has been declining for some time. And the descent has been nearly universal across all IT job categories. For example, women accounted for 16.6 percent of all network and computer systems administrator positions in 2006, down from 23.4 percent in 2000. At the management level, the imbalance persists. Among computer and IS … [Read more...] about Women in technology: A call to action
Missing x chromosome
It was another action-packed week at TechRepublic, and this episode of the Hot 5 will give you a quick look at the hottest posts in the discussion forums. If you're not a fan of video, you can choose to just listen to the audio file.Hot 5 discussion threads:IT gender gap: Where are the female programmers? (Justin James)One big thing Ubuntu can teach Microsoft, Apple, and all CTOs (Jason Hiner)10 obscure antivirus tools worth checking out (Jack Wallen)Poll Results: Should Microsoft really be considered a monopoly? (Mark Kaelin)10 things to consider when choosing a help desk system (Jack Wallen)Hottest posters on the TR Forumssanteewelding (119 posts)Palmetto (104 posts)Neon Samurai (88 posts)mafergus (75 posts)NickNielsen (70 posts)Psssst! If you aren't already, become a Fan of TechRepublic on Facebook and follow TechRepublic on Twitter! Here are a few other links that you should check out:Gadgetgirl's heartfelt appeal to attend TR's 2010 eventPoll: IT pros determine the … [Read more...] about TechRepublic Hot 5: Expand the dev team with a second X chromosome
That means I'm not very qualified to speak about gender bias, or the challenges of women in the workplace, or the benefits of social justice in society and business. But, I'm going to talk about it anyway. I'm going to talk about because it's the issue — more than any other — that can propel the tech industry forward in 2015, and I'll explain why. I'm going to talk about it because science and technology pride themselves on letting the best ideas thrive, no matter where or who they come from, and we're not living up to that ideal. I'm going to talk about it because the startup myth in the tech industry is built around the idea that it's all about whether you can execute an idea, and not enough women get the opportunity to do it.I'm going to talk about it because nearly all of the most important mentors in my professional and personal life have been women, so I see the opportunity we're missing.In all of these ways, we are cheating society of too many great … [Read more...] about The top tech priority of 2015: Two X chromosomes
Alaina Percival was the leader of Women Who Code long before she officially accepted the title. She brushed it off for two years because she felt like an imposter, in a way. Though she had worked and volunteered with the global nonprofit since its beginning, and she was the go-to person for almost all questions, she didn't have a technical background. She was still relatively new to the tech industry.Then she convinced herself of something important: if an engineer was leading, she wasn't out in the world, being an engineer. By taking the lead and becoming CEO, Percival was keeping the mission of Women Who Code — inspiring women to excel in technology careers — strong, and she knew how to do it. She incorporated the organization, filed for a 501(c)3 status, and trademarked the name. She started talking to press and expanding their reach. "It exploded from that point of saying, this can actually be something bigger," Percival said. "I realized that if I was willing to step … [Read more...] about Alaina Percival: Women Who Code CEO. Grassroots leader. Hiker.