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MORE WOMEN NEEDED IN IT, SAYS CONNECT
An IT services and support company says big corporations need to do more to attract greater numbers of women into IT. Mark MacGregor, CEO at Connect, which provides technology support for businesses, said there is no reason for women not to decide on an IT career, and also said corporations need to do more to change IT culture. Connect has just started a scheme - "Googlegirls" - aimed at driving cultural change and attracting more women into the IT profession. The company holds special events for women, and has introduced a raft of measures to make returning to work after having children easier.
Posted on 23 Feb 2009
FRAN ALLEN FELLOWSHIP AWARD FOUNDED
IBM establishes fellowship program to honor the first female winner of the Turing Award.
Posted on 23 Feb 2009
BREAKING THROUGH THE SILICON CEILING
Women in Australia's IT industry are getting the word out to raise awareness of the problems they still face in the workplace. In the sea of blokey middle-aged males who typically dominate the ranks of Australian technology companies, a small group of enterprising women have built multi-million dollar IT businesses - and they're hell bent on turning the gender tides.
Posted on 23 Feb 2009
IT FOR CHANGE
IT FOR CHANGE is undertaking a collaborative research study with support from UNDP on 'ICTs for Participatory Local Development', the outcomes of which will be published as a toolkit to develop a more systemic application of ICTs in future initiatives. They are seeking researchers or organisations from the global South to collaborate on this project. Four partners will be selected to work alongside IT for Change for the duration of the project, each of whom will undertake two to three in-depth case studies on ICT systems in their local regions.
Posted on 23 Feb 2009
GOOGLE INDIA ANNOUNCES ENGINEERING AWARDS FOR WOMEN
To encourage women in computing and technology, Google India Monday announced awards for women studying computer science and related subjects. Based on the candidates' academic background and demonstrated leadership, 16 women were chosen for the award from a pool of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.
Posted on 23 Feb 2009
EU SAYS IT NEEDS TO CHANGE IMAGE OF "GEEKY" IT JOBS TO ATTRACT MORE WOMEN
BRUSSELS, Belgium; The information technology industry needs to show that it isn't just for geeky, unsociable people if it is to attract more women to fill a skills shortage, according to the EU's top technology official.
Posted on 23 Feb 2009
GENDERED INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
A new collection of essays, Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (Stanford University Press), takes the broader perspective. The collection was edited by Londa Schiebinger, a professor of the history of science at Stanford. She recently answered e-mail questions about the themes of the book.
Posted on 23 Feb 2009
COMPUTING GROUP STRIVES TO GET TEENAGERS INTO COMPUTER CAREERS
The WGBH Educational Foundation and the Association for Computing Machinery are launching a marketing campaign aimed at encouraging college-bound high-school students to pursue careers in computer science. The two-year project, called New Image for Computing, is particularly focused on encouraging Latina girls and African-American boys to get into the field.
Posted on 23 Feb 2009
WAGE GAP NARROWER FOR WOMEN IN IT
Statistically, men make more money than women do for doing the same job. It's called the ''wage gap'' and it is considered one of the last bastions of gender inequality in the workplace. What is interesting about IT's wage gap by gender is not that is narrower than in most professions, but that it exists at all, says the chair of the NPCE.
Posted on 23 Feb 2009
YOUNG GIRLS NOT INTERESTED IN IT CAREERS DUE TO LACK OF FEMALE ROLE MODELS, RIM STUDY FIND
The number of young boys who've considered pursuing a career in IT is double that of young girls, who don't perceive enough strong female role models in the space, according to a study from BlackBerry-maker RIM.
Posted on 23 Feb 2009

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