Women In Technology
I’m going to offer up a quick note about this and then I’ll simply point you to a great post that was written about women in technology.
While I do know of a handful of women that I’ve worked with since starting my tech job, a quick look around the office of any tech worker will undoubtedly tell of a male dominated profession. I don’t think it’s changing a whole lot right now either, although I hope that we’re able to start down the path to change. Sure there may be women who work in your tech office but, how many of them are actually coding? That’s what I thought. I can count on one hand the number of women who were in any of my classes when I went to college for software development. Actually I don’t think I’d even need to use my hand to count them, because quite frankly I don’t remember there being any.
There is no reason why the split shouldn’t be more even. I’m fairly certain that given the right circumstances there would be just as many women who would love to code for a living as there are men. But there are barriers, obvious barriers as well as subtle barriers.
As part of Google‘s ongoing commitment to encouraging women to excel in computing and technology,we are pleased to announce the Google JSConf.eu 2010 Conference Grant to encourage more female computer scientists to participate in the JSConf 2010 Conference, 25-26 September 2010, Berlin, Germany.
Good for Google! I’m glad somebody is willing to do something, even if they are going to take some uncalled for heat about it from some.
Having worked in the field for a few years now, even I feel uncomfortable sometimes. I’m not the stand up and proclaim how great I am kind of person, which is what a lot of coders seem to be. I still don’t feel comfortable saying that I know what I’m doing, partly because I don’t grasp everything that I do completely, but, also partly because the way some people talk such a big game scares me into thinking that they must know so much more than I do. Which when I sit down and really think about it, I seriously doubt that they do. I’m just a little more humble, a little less self promoting and a little more cautious than most of the alpha-male types that seem to fill a large chunk of the software development field. I have no interest in changing to be more like them either, this is who I am for better or worse. I like it that way.
Anyway, this post by Nicole Sullivan says it all much better than I could. Here you go.