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iSGTW Links of the week: Women in information technology

Resources - Women in information technology


Help turn traditional stereotypes on their head.
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The percentage of women in IT has declined from 41 percent in 1996 to 32 percent in 2004,1 with women comprising only 3 to 5 percent of senior management positions.2

What's going on?

Find out more, access new resources and be inspired:

GHC Women in Computing conference
Focused on the research and career interests of women in computing, the 2007 conference was held last month and attracted 1400 women and men from 22 countries. The 8th GHC Women in Computing conference will be held 1-4 October 2008 in Denver, Colorado, U.S.

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
“Writing women into technical history,” the Anita Borg Institute coordinates a number of activities including the TechLeaders program, the Women of Vision Awards and the Systers email community, which comprises 2700 members in at least 54 countries. Also on offer are some great mentoring resources and information on a series of awards for distinguished technical women.

Women in Computing @ Indiana University
Around since 2002, WIC@IU organizes technical and social campus events targeting women in computer science. They also run the Just Be program, a free interactive outreach program for K-12 students, designed to break common stereotypes about people in computing.

National Center for Women in Technology
The NCWIT offers resources including interviews with entrepreneurial heroes, the “Discovering IT” outreach pack, and some interesting statistics on women in IT.

Gender Gap: Womens paychecks still lag mens
...And just while we’re on statistics, according to Computerworld’s 20th annual Salary Survey, a male IT director is paid an average of USD 114,045, while a female with the same title makes USD 109,446. Survey results pinned total IT compensation at an average of USD 91,464 for men and USD 80,781 for women.

IBM Valuing diversity
Some great information, including employment data, from one of the world’s largest IT companies. IBM was one of Working Mother magazine’s top ten employees for 2007, achieving the honor for the 20th year in a row.

 

1. Climbing the Technical Ladder: Obstacles and Solutions for Mid-Level Women in Information Technology, a collaboration between the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.
2. Barriers to the advancement of technical women: A review of the literature, Caroline Simard, Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology, 2007 

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