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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by Alfman on Sat 31st Mar 2012 01:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Question"
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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."

I went to look this up, and it seems you are right (from 2005, but it'll do)

However this just amplifies the male to female discrepancies in technical fields.

"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."

I feel the IT industry is loosing it's appeal as ever more firms give in to offshoring and consolidation, unlikely to return to the glory years of the 90s. There's no doubt about it the work-life balance is a negative for this profession.

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