The Problem With "Work-life Balance"

November 21, 2006

The phrase "work-life balance" has become a ubiquitous term in most lexicons and it yields about 2 million hits on Google. For many, and I used to be one of them, the phrase connotes fair work environments in which employees enjoy happy, stress-free lives with their friends and family outside of work; and career paths in which the realities of work don't infringe on the enjoyment of life.

Meeting the New Boss: Outlook for Technology Policy in the Next Congress

November 14, 2006
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The outcome of last week's election is now clear with the Democrats taking over the legislative branch. The dust, however, is far from settled. Democrats have the opportunity to make a profound and lasting impact on technology policy. What shape this will take is unclear, because much of it will be dictated by the new House and Senate Chairpersons who have not organized or set any agendas yet.

ChicTech's Games for Girls Programming Competition

November 9, 2006
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ChicTech, an outreach program of the University of Illinois' Department of Computer Science, extends an open invitation for college women to participate in the third annual Games for Girls Programming Competition (G4G). Applications must be submitted by December 22, 2006 and completed projects are due by March 16, 2007.

Programming: Why Not?

October 31, 2006
Mark Guzdial

One of the common explanations for the falling enrollment in CS, among women in particular, is "programming." The frequently repeated story is that students think that computer science is only about programming, and they don't like programming, so they don't enroll in computer science. I've had a couple of experiences over the last few months that demonstrated to me just how much students dislike programming, at a deeper level than I had expected.

Moderating the Atlas Speaker Series "Diversity and Technology" panel

October 24, 2006

IT is changing the very foundations of our society. By "IT," we mean information technologies in the broadest sense – everything, really, about computing and the use of information.

IT is changing:

The Geek-girl Invasion

October 17, 2006
Grace Hopper Attendees

When nearly 1300 geek girls invaded San Diego on October 4, their mission was not hostile. In fact, a more ebullient invading force would be hard to imagine.

5 Reasons Veronica Mars is a Good Role Model for Girls

October 10, 2006
Ginger Makela

A couple weeks ago, I saw Paris Hilton on the "Today" show saying that she thought she was a good role model for girls: "I think I am a good role model, and a lot of mothers come up to me and they're really happy ..."

I'm sure most mothers want their daughters to idolize Paris Hilton, someone whose sole occupation is to draw attention to herself. Someone who signifies nothing but her own fame.

Why Don't Women Network More?

October 3, 2006
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Whether you are a man or a woman, networking is hard. Who enjoys walking into a room full of strangers? What does one possibly talk about to someone who seems just as absorbed with the vegetable platter? If you are a woman, why does it seem easier to approach another woman than a man?

Raised by an overly protective father meant that I was not allowed to speak until spoken to, and certainly, my sisters and I were never allowed to speak to strangers. Now as a sole proprietor and executive recruiter, my livelihood depends on cold calling prospective candidates and clients.

Improving the Image of IT

September 26, 2006
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The computing community has an image problem. This is not news to long-time readers of this blog - or indeed, anyone who has followed coverage of IT-related stories in the popular press.

The Supply and Demand of Diversity

September 19, 2006
Dr. Michael Lomax

I was excited to share the stage at the Google Faculty Summit with Lucy Sanders and her CS colleagues — and flattered to be a former literature professor in a sea of engineers and scientists.