A Girl's First Java Class

January 30, 2007
Katy Dickinson

Recently, Lucy Sanders of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) had lunch with Sun's "Succeeding @ Sun as a Woman Engineer" (SASWE) networking group. Lucy talked about NCWIT's mission to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. I came away from the lunch with questions about why young women aren't more fascinated by computing.

The Kuwait Conference of Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Engineering

January 23, 2007
Kuwait conference attendees

I recently had the pleasure of participating in the Conference of Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Engineering, in Kuwait, January 8-10. The conference was hosted under the patronage of Kuwaiti Prime Minister H.H. Shaykh Naser Mohammad Al-Sabah, and co-hosted by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. AAAS was the U.S.

Women & IT Entrepreneurship

January 15, 2007
TechStars Logo

As of 2006, according to The Center for Women's Business Research, there were about 7.7 million majority-women-owned (51 percent or more) businesses in this country, accounting for nearly one-third of all U.S. businesses. In the last decade, in fact, women-owned firms have grown at more than twice the rate of U.S. businesses overall.

Creating Your Own K-12 Outreach Program

January 9, 2007
People looking at screen

Women in Computing group members from Indiana University, Rice University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder are organizing a workshop at SIGCSE 2007 to help administrators, faculty, staff, and students create their own K-12 outreach program.

IT's Need for the Feminine Touch

January 2, 2007
Finger on keyboard

A friend recently sent me a copy of a report from IT advisory firm Cutter Consortium entitled "The Defeminization of IT."

Holiday Gifts: the Gorillapod

December 25, 2006

If you came up short while shopping for your techno-geek or gadget-hound this year, or if you'll be returning merchandise for a credit and you're wondering how to spend it, we've got a suggestion: the Joby Gorillapod.

We stumbled across this gadget while surfing our favorite blogs, and it has turned out to be a very popular gift! It's a flexible, portable tripod that works with almost any digital camera, and you can find it online for less than $25.

Best Buy's ROWE Endeavor

December 19, 2006
Women with laptop

The blog I wrote on the problem with the phrase "work-life balance" really struck a chord. It was picked up by the Boulder Daily Camera, and the following week I was stopped on campus and elsewhere around Boulder by people who said they really agreed with me.

Some things learned at NCWIT

December 12, 2006

I attended the NCWIT meetings at Georgia Tech in Atlanta just before Thanksgiving, and came home with a bounty of new thoughts, ideas, and information. I heard about programs that people are trying in different places, how they are trying them, and what early results they are seeing. I heard a wonderful talk on influence. I heard about possible opportunities for my students, including things we or they might try and resources available to them.

Education: Perspectives on Girls, Boys, and the Need for Improvement

November 28, 2006
Paula Stern

Americans are in danger of losing their competitive edge in the world economic system. This idea seems to have widespread, bipartisan support, which is rarely heard of in Washington these days. Despite the recent focus on this burgeoning issue, there seems to be little agreement about the solution. Lately, one of the most frequent responses is to look to U.S. K-12 school systems as a target of reform, but even ways of doing that are controversial.

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.