I want to thank all the people that presented and attended the recent NCWIT/BPC K-12 Outreach Workshop in Washington, D.C. this month. From what I hear and what I saw, it was a smashing success. BPC and NCWIT are working hard to get good programs to "where the students are," and I hope this workshop helped us all take a step in that direction.
I just attended the May Meetings of the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT). NCWIT is now five years old. The organization has two main goals: to increase the number of girls and women in computing and to make diversity in computing matter to individuals, organizations, and society.
Less than one month after being sworn into office, on February 17, President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The bill, an attempt at bipartisanship with mixed results, intends to boost the lagging U.S. economy, create sustainable economic growth, and give the American people confidence they desperately need during the present global financial and economic pandemic.
Today is Ada Lovelace day, the day we should acknowledge our tech heroines.
So this is to all my heroines: those women who decided to create something new. Something techy and new! Those who found their calling and passion in innovation and feel their lives won't be complete without it. Those who pursue the unknown, face the anxiety, invite the thrill and enjoy the pride that comes with the outcome.
For the ones who decided that moving forward is better than staying in place. For those who are taking us all forward with them.
NOTE:NCWIT and Bank of America awarded the 2009 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing on Saturday, March 7th, to 32 high-school women from across the country. Elisabeth Morant won her NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing at the Bank of America Celebrating Stars of the Future Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in August 2008.