March 25, 2009

I noticed one thing in the various round-ups of "women in tech" yesterday. Ada Lovelace would not have recognized the majority of them as "being in tech", since the lists (the ones I saw anyway) contained a minority of engineers/scientists in tech and large groups of women in communication, sales, management, interface design, user experience, usability, anthropology etc. around the actual nuts and bolts of the engineering disciplines.
This is a good thing. Digital technology is no longer a mathematical island hidden away out of sight, but an integrated part of a large field of work with permeable membranes to the humanities, to social studies and to design.
Whether that makes it less likely or more likely for women to switch into the actual technical matter, coding and architecting, is less clear.

Posted by Claus at March 25, 2009 11:17 PM | TrackBack (0)
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