Code Babes is the absolute worst.... I can't believe it's still up...
Jen/Cecily, what can men do to combat that sort of thing?
Jen, these examples are appalling. Totally the wrong way to get women into IT.
Stephen, they need to speak up, call it out .
Yes, as per @Melanie, make it clear that you don't support it.
It's amazing what pointing something that is so obviously misguided can do.
And I see men doing so more and more often now :)
Men can combat by educating their daughters to start with!
Yes and men can and should also speak out when they see their colleagues engaging in this sort of sexist discourse.
YES! Men have such influence on their daughters. This is a topic dear to my heart right now, as I am expecting a daughter in 2.5 months!
Something that my husband and I discuss almost daily.
OK, time for a fan girl question: Who are your heroines when it comes to women in STEM? And let's just skip Cheryl and Marissa - even though they're awesome. Let's talk about the people who may not be as high-profile, making a real difference.
At Ladies Learning Code it would be impossible not to feel supported by the men in my life!
I look to some of the women in video games. There's a really rich history of women as game developers that tends to be forgotten. Mary Flanagan, who has done really interesting work in games, and Leigh Alexander, who does some of the best video game criticism I've ever read.
My first real business inspiration was my CEO at GOT Marketing. She was the first woman executive I had seen in an IT company. It was inspiring to watch her lead the organization.
My grandma who has taught over 40 years. I also admire (wouldn't call her heroin) Augusta Ada King (also known as Ada Lovelace) for ‘poetical science’ and her analysis about the capabilities of computing devices, foreshadowing the capabilities and implications of the modern computer.
As we're closing up, I'd like to invite anyone to contact me at @imjen or email@example.com if they want to continue any discussions with me!
Linda Curaton retired as CIO of NASA and founder of MUSE technologies
Not to mention all the women who worked as some of the first programmers during WWII
For me, it would have to be the women I work with and who volunteer with us to mentor young girls. They volunteer so many hours to this cause. Mentorship will be such a critical step to encouraging girls technological confidence and inspiration! Pearl Chen, Tessa Thornton, Christina Truong, Kathryn Barrett... I could go on... and on.
I heart Pearl Chen, @Laura!
What's the most encouraging trend you've seen of late? What do you hope to see in the next five to 10 years?
I've noticed that many of our developer interns are women, and that is the most encouraging sign of the changing tides.
The most encouraging thing for me is seeing programs spring up that are aimed at adult women from non-technical backgrounds, giving them skills to build stuff right away. I think so many people are hungry to learn to program in an environment that's creative and explicitly welcoming to them.
Definitely the industries recognition of the importance of gender diversity and how this is influencing the evolution of the industry environment. Also, seeing more young girls (8-13 specifically) interested in technology (building, not just consuming). I really hope we see more choosing tech as a career path!
Most encouraging trend is more transparency. Internet and social media help with accessibility, online learning (code.org). We need to do a better job in mentorship: Ladies Learning Code is a start.