Last week Ben Worthen, who writes the Wall Street Journal's Business Technology blog, posted a provocatively titled piece called, "Do Women Hate IT?" NCWIT provided some statistics and a few quotes for his post, which he ended with the question, "Why do you think women aren't pursuing IT careers?"
Earlier this month my husband and I packed up ourselves and our sons and headed off to Texas: first to Dallas, and then a long drive over to east Texas, where my folks live. We know what is in store for us -- aside from seeing family, eating, playing cards, and shooting off fireworks -- when we arrive: tech support.
I'm a school psychologist who has been taking computer classes part-time for the past four years. I'm the mother of two daughters, so I have a personal interest in the area of women in technology. Last semester, I took two graduate courses - Human Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous Computing. There were very few female students in my classes, which has been the case in all of the computer courses I have taken. I'm 50 years old, and assumed that things would be much different by now.
The NCWIT K-12 Alliance deployed its first project this week: we gave away 4,000 Gotta Have IT resource kits at the 2007 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference, sponsored by ISTE, attracts more than 18,000 K-12 educators from around the world. We're eager to distribute the kit to these educators, and to hear more about their needs, concerns, stories and successes, teaching technology in their classrooms.
Applications for grants to participate in the SC07 Technical Program under the Broader Engagement Initiative are being accepted through Friday, June 29. The SC Broader Engagement (BE) initiative is aimed at broadening the engagement of individuals from groups that have traditionally been under-represented in high performance computing.