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That’s the percentage of women at 2010 iPadDevCamp (5 of 500, by my hallway count). 6% is what my friends saw at GoGaRuCon (golden gate ruby conference). I attended JavaOne around 1998/9, and counted around 10 per 1000 (another hallway count). So, uh, it’s gotten better? It’s not that the gender balance made the event awful- in reality I only have a hint of what a diverse tech conference would be like (Women2/Labs)- It’s that I hate being part of a field that’s keeping people out, and, I must have some complicity in it: “I don’t want to be a member of a club that’d have me” – Groucho Marx. Am I a bigot because I find so much in common with the geeks?

At this point I could go on about the people who are working to change things (Women2Labs, RailsBridge), or how it happens (Girls & STEM), or, where to go from now (Darthmouth study on prejudice). But really, we’ve heard it all before. We’re smart people, we made Angry Birds and WikiLeaks (ha). But for some reason we can’t wrap our minds around this.

>Gender & Sex at GoGaRuCo
> women speakers at conferences
> Wayne Sutton on diversity at BlogWorld

2 Comments »

  1. Comment by TW

    Posted on March 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I'm not convinced that the field is trying (as you put it) to keep people out.

    Young women are equaling and besting young men academically, including in math and science, as is evidenced by women overtaking men in medical school enrollment. If you can afford to go to college, you're going to get a fairly meritocratic employment outcome.

    Young women KNOW they can make lots of money if they can get good grades in math and science. Elites have been screaming it for decades. They know and they are doing it.

    The ONLY problem is that top women choose not to major in CS, usually in favor of pursuing other pre-professional options. This behavior should self-correct as employment opportunities in the US and other countries continues to be crap.

  2. Comment by Nhìn Cái Gì

    Posted on April 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    haha, woman only like fashion :))

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