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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2005-09-28

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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RE[2]: Question
by Alfman on Sat 31st Mar 2012 01:27 in reply to "RE: Question"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

rhyder,

"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)
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2005-10-19-male-college-cove...

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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RE[2]: Question
by anda_skoa on Sat 31st Mar 2012 09:37 in reply to "RE: Question"
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

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


Hmm, which country does that apply to?

Here in Austria there are no such exclusions. Men work in medical jobs, care for sick or elderly, work as teachers, sport instructors, in day care facilities or youth group leaders (e.g. boy scouts).

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RE[3]: Question
by rhyder on Sat 31st Mar 2012 10:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Question"
rhyder Member since:
2005-09-28

It's certainly the case in the UK.

Just one in 50 teachers of the youngest primary schoolchildren in England are male, despite a government recruitment campaign, figures revealed today.

Only 2% of staff in nursery and reception classes, which teach under-fives, are men, according to figures from the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

In schools with receptions but no nurseries, this figure falls to 1%. Men account for 16% of all primary schoolteachers. - Under-fives have almost no male teachers, The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/aug/07/primaryschools.educ...

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