Fewer and fewer women are joining the IT field these days -- the official statistic is that there's been a 70 percent decline in the number of undergraduate women choosing to major in Computer Science between 2000 and 2005 -- and NCWIT is working to understand why that is and reverse the downward trend.
Just in time for this year's International Women's Day, a new support group for women in IT was established in Australia.
An article from iTnews reported on this group, called Girl Geek Dinners.
"Providing a group that shows you are part of a growing part of your industry encourages people to stay in IT and others to join," Co-founder and Organizer of Girl Geek Dinners, Damana Madden said to iTnews.
International Women's Day is today, and organizations in all parts of the world are celebrating in their own unique way.
Trinidad and Tobago's local theme is "Investing in Women and Girls," according to the Trinidad & Tobago Express. This theme recognizes the value of an increased amount of girls and women in all educational and employment opportunities.
All this week individuals and organizations around the globe have been celebrating the contributions of women and using this occasion to focus on improving conditions for women in social, economic, and political realms.
We're very excited that the next Grace Hopper Celebration in Computing (GHC) will take place right here in Colorado, October 1-4, at the Keystone Resort. If anything beats the beauty of Rocky Mountain aspens turning gold in the fall, it's the sight of 1,200+ women gathered together to celebrate their love of technology.