Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Mar 2012 20:32 UTC
General Development A beautiful story about Gwen Barzay, a black woman who broke both racial and gender barriers to become an early computer programmer. "Today she is retired, and like most retirees, she asks her son to help her with computers. She likes her Mac and runs a small business buying and selling books on line. What does she have to say about the difficulties she faced breaking into a male-dominated industry? 'I had it easy. The computer didn't care that I was a woman or that I was black. Most women had it much harder.'" The computer didn't care. Beautifully put.
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RE: Question
by rhyder on Fri 30th Mar 2012 06:19 UTC in reply to "Question"
rhyder
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Just to keep things in perspective, bear in mind that women outnumber men in British and American colleges/universities at at almost a 60/40 ratio. Therefore, female domination of an academic subject must be more common than the other way around.

Many of the so-called "prestigious" work roles within IT, although high salary, offer very poor outcomes in terms of a decent work-life balance.

In addition, there are plenty of work roles that exclude men such as in the areas of social work and work with children.

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