Keeping Female Faculty in the Sciences and Engineering

May 8, 2007
Alice Merner Agogino and Family

In 2005, Harvard President Larry Summers speculated that innate gender differences may explain why fewer women than men reach top university science and engineering positions. Summers's remarks caused a firestorm of criticism that eventually cost him his job.

The Reverend John E. Brooks and Mentoring

May 1, 2007
Rev. John E. Brooks

I'm not one to shed tears over Business Week magazine. In fact, over decades of reading it, I can't recall a single time I even got misty-eyed over it. But when I was on the plane returning from California a few weeks ago, I was finishing up the March 12th edition of the magazine and happened upon the article entitled "The Holy Cross Fraternity," by Diane Brady.

The Computing Educator Oral History Project

April 24, 2007
Barbara Boucher Owens

Inquiring minds often wonder: How did she get to be what she is? How do women's career pathways differ from those of men? It was questions like these, during the 2003 SIGCSE Technical Symposium in Reno, Nevada, that led to an exciting project: The Computing Educator Oral History Project (CEOHP). Projects such as CEOHP can play a key role in increasing the population of people entering and staying in computing careers, especially careers in computing education.

The goals of the CEOHP are to:

Infoworld's Report on Women Leaving IT

April 17, 2007
Woman leaving work

Recently InfoWorld did a special report on women and IT, called, "Why are Women Exiting IT Professions?" The article series discusses the advantages of gender diversity, the importance of getting girls interested at the K-12 level, and the traits of women leaders in IT. It also cites several reasons for why women are leaving IT – which I'll summarize and comment on here.

The View from Abroad

April 10, 2007
David Notkin traveling

Living and spending my sabbatical in Sweden for more than six months has allowed me to gain a different perspective on a variety of issues in computer science, including those related to gender equity.

The Power of Nice

April 3, 2007
The Power of Nice cover

I am on the plane returning from New York City and the thing that is most on my mind are the wonderful people we meet as we reach out and share the NCWIT mission with others.

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.