CIO article: Software Development Gender Gap Pondered At RailsConf

Rikki Kite

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May 07, 2009 GMT
Rikki Kite

Paul Krill reported from the Women in Rails session at RailsConf this week, and it looks like two of my favorite themes – self-promotion and girls/young women in tech – were covered.

In his CIO article, Paul wrote that panelist Lori Olson, senior architect at Labrador Technologies, "said that she might consider doing more self-promotion so other women know that software development is a viable career." Paul said that panelist Sarah Mei also discussed that women keep a "low profile" in the community and aren't easily visible.

In addition to encouraging self-promotion, panelists are helping to encourage future women in technology. Paul wrote, "Mei said she spends time teaching JavaScript to high school girls and encouraging them to consider programming."

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