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Subject:   Future of Women in Tech
Date:   2007-09-17 21:10:32
From:   kathysierra
Response to: Future of Women in Tech

"Obviously, this is thanks to those who came before and laid the groundwork for this viewpoint to be possible, but to put out there that being a woman in this industry doesn't have to be a battle can only make it more appealing to young women looking to enter the field."

I can't agree more. There is still plenty of misogyny out there, but at least tech is one of the fields where the tools aren't gender-sensitive. As I've said before, the compiler doesn't care if the person writing the code is wearing a black lace bra.

My daughters would find the tech world far easier to participate in then trying to be a police officer, fire fighter, construction contractor, large animal vet, and so many other fields that can be dependent on attributes women are less likely to have-like raw muscle strength.

I can carry a pile of Python books and enough flash drives to tile my bathroom, but carry a man from a burning building? Tip a 1,000 pound cow? And being female has its advantages... in a world where the best code is 'beautiful', we know a thing or two...

Thanks, Amy.

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  • Future of Women in Tech
    2007-09-18 10:30:36  Shelley Powers | O'Reilly Author [View]

    Women are police officers, firefighters, construction workers, and large animal vets. Most of these need intelligence, courage, interest, training, and the proper equipment more than they need bulk.
    • Future of Women in Tech
      2007-09-19 20:06:23  webmaven [View]

      I would add that for some of those professions, women actually have a pound-for-pound edge in endurance.
      • Kathy Sierra photo Future of Women in Tech
        2007-09-20 12:04:07  Kathy Sierra | O'Reilly Author [View]

        Perception is far more important than reality in this case. *All* I'm suggesting is that tech is a field where -- unlike the others I mentioned -- lack of physical size and/or strength is neither a real or perceived deficiency in our performance and use of tools. So, that's at least ONE hurdle that other women often have to cross, but we do not. Again, not that most actual physical hurdles can't be overcome, but even when that's true the perception persists. Fire fighting

        Firefighting (and to some degree law enforcement) still have quite a long way to go.

        (I don't know the validity of the story linked to below, but it looked relevant)

        I'm happy to say I have three female horse vets -- all petite -- and they get by just fine by having assistants and/or asking more from the owner/handler.

        Wow -- to watch one of them make an 'adjustment' to a 1,000 pound horse's spine is really something!