The State of Social Science Research on Gender and IT Entrepreneurship

December 5, 2007
Woman with laptop

This brief paper concludes the Gender and IT Entrepreneurship project that we conducted for NCWIT with support from the Kauffman Foundation. In this final paper, we present a high-level overview of our four summaries of social science scholarship on women's underrepresentation and the conditions that promote women's success as IT entrepreneurs, and we conclude with suggestions for a research agenda.

Indirect Influence

November 20, 2007
Engage Diversity

My mother always knew that the most effective way to get me to do something was not to force me. Commands like, "Clean your room," were never spoken. Instead, she made a challenge or a game out of any timeless chore. I had forgotten all about this indirect tactic until I participated in the recent NCWIT Practices Workshop in Redmond, Washington. Two things occurred to me as I listened to panelists and speakers throughout the day:

The "Truthiness" about Math and Science

November 14, 2007
Report cover

Some of you may have seen the article in today's NY Times, "Study Compares States' Math and Science Scores With Other Countries'", about a recent research report that compares 8th graders' math and science prowess in the 50 U.S. states against that of 8th graders in other countries.

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.