Computing and the Letter P

October 30, 2007
P Typeface

We all attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2007 conference recently, and hats off to the Anita Borg Institute for doing such a super job of running the conference -- it was a phenomenal event. (I was general chair of the conference, so I might be biased!)

Generation Q

October 18, 2007
Woman with laptop

Thomas Friedman had an interesting piece in last week's NY Times about "Generation Q" – the generation of young people today whom he calls The Quiet Americans – and why they both impress and baffle him. Friedman explains that this is a generation imbued with an improbable sense of optimism and idealism, and yet it doesn't seem compelled by a commensurate level of activism.

Emerging Technologies and the Emergence of Women

October 3, 2007
Telle Whitney

I spent Tuesday and Wednesday last week at EmTech '07 -- the Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT -- a conference produced by Technology Review. The conference included an extraordinary number of interesting women, including the CTO of Xerox, and I was pleased to be a presenter at the event.

Sowing the Seeds of Future Innovation

September 13, 2007
Jennifer Kurtz

Is the U.S. ceding its position as the most innovative country on the globe?

Digital Art Culture

September 4, 2007
Multimedia image

I am an experimental multimedia artist, student, and teacher living in Denver, CO. My latest artistic pursuits are a combination of various mediums including still image, video, sound, sculpture, light, and performance. Most recently I have been collaborating with another female artist, Heidi Higginbottom, to choreograph audio/visual performances using found objects, homemade instruments, contact microphones, and film loops.

Asking Provocative Questions

August 24, 2007
Woman at Work

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?"

Tech Support for Family Members

July 30, 2007
Man with Wires

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.

Kicking Off the Diversity & Innovation Caucus

July 25, 2007
Diversity and Innovation

There is a new U.S. House of Representatives Caucus focused on Diversity and Innovation, something we are quite happy about. In fact, NCWIT had a hand in its formation.

Noob, and Other Words Worth Thinking About

July 18, 2007
Sharon Vosmek

On a recent Sunday, I was listening to my husband and brother-in-law talk incessantly about World of Warcraft.

Gender Beneath the Surface

July 10, 2007
Lynn V. Marentette

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.