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.

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.