Gender Diversity at Web Conferences

March 27, 2007
Woman with microphone

Every few months, the blogosphere addresses the matter of gender diversity of speakers at conferences about design, technology, and the web. The latest such incidents revolved around the lack of women speakers at the Future of Web Apps conference in San Francisco last September* and the Creativity Now conference put on by Tokion in NYC last October.

Girl Game Devs

March 20, 2007
Camille Dodson

Hi everyone, I'm Camille Dodson, and I make video games. NCWIT recently contacted me after hearing about my activities, so I'm writing here to share a bit about myself and my goals as a woman in IT.

Why Women Are Brilliant at IT

March 13, 2007
Margaret Heffernan

Instead of agonizing over why there aren't more women in IT, it might be more interesting and more fruitful to ask: Why are women so brilliant at IT? I ask the question because I know, have employed or interviewed, so many outstanding women in IT, and it always amazes me that no one has noticed how, or why, they are so stunningly successful.

Women Entrepreneurs and Networking

March 6, 2007
Three women

Our fourth and last literature review for NCWIT, supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, is now available. As in the other reviews, we examine what social science research tells us about the reasons for the small percentage of IT entrepreneurs who are women. For this review, we consider the influence that gender differences in social capital may have on IT entrepreneurship.

Women Entrepreneurs and Access to Financial Capital

February 28, 2007
Women with question mark

Women are much more likely than men to self-finance their business. Rather than go into debt or sell shares, women commonly use personal savings, earnings from the business, home equity loans, credit cards, and family loans to finance their business. In this third in our series of articles for NCWIT and the Kauffman Foundation on the under-representation of women entrepreneurs in the IT field, we survey the social science literature for what it says about the gendered difference in access to capital for entrepreneurs.

The Role of Psychological Factors and Gender for IT Start-ups

February 20, 2007
Woman with laptop

The second in our series of entrepreneurship reports is now online. On behalf of NCWIT and The Kauffman Foundation, we have been exploring what the social science literature tells us about why there are so few women entrepreneurs in the IT field. This review considers psychological factors.

IT Start-ups: Where are the Women?

February 13, 2007
Woman at Work

Why do women receive less than five percent of the funding to start IT firms? Why do they lag behind men in patenting IT ideas and moving their ideas out of the university and into the marketplace?

On behalf of [begin link /]NCWIT[end link], and with support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, we consulted the social science literature for answers to these questions.

Women and Wages

February 6, 2007
Denise Brosseau

I had the pleasure this week of teaching a one-day session on entrepreneurship at Wellesley College, as part of a three-week course called Management Basics offered to Wellesley students and taught, in part, by the many devoted alumnae like me ('82) who so enjoy being on campus and getting to know the students.

A Girl's First Java Class

January 30, 2007
Katy Dickinson

Recently, Lucy Sanders of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) had lunch with Sun's "Succeeding @ Sun as a Woman Engineer" (SASWE) networking group. Lucy talked about NCWIT's mission to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. I came away from the lunch with questions about why young women aren't more fascinated by computing.

The Kuwait Conference of Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Engineering

January 23, 2007
Kuwait conference attendees

I recently had the pleasure of participating in the Conference of Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Engineering, in Kuwait, January 8-10. The conference was hosted under the patronage of Kuwaiti Prime Minister H.H. Shaykh Naser Mohammad Al-Sabah, and co-hosted by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. AAAS was the U.S.