Sep 28th 2010 9:55PM I guess my point is how do people expect women to have the desire to learn to code if all girls see when they grow up is a bunch of men. People want to act as if it doesn't play into the psyche of a young female or African American but it does. Case in point, my wifes cousin was interested in computers. He attended a pretty good academic school. When he entered the class he saw all white guys. He said they looked at him funny and he looked back at them and then walked out. Yeah some of the fault lies with him, I am not denying that but you can't also deny that if there were more African American faces, even a teacher who was African American, that the same action would have occurred. It's all about "face" time.
Sep 28th 2010 8:36PM Lets first start with the insanely dumb question if people are shocked that there are more men than women in tech and leadership positions in tech. I think the point in awareness is totally missed. No we aren't shocked because its a truth, that's like asking are we shocked that there have been more white presidents than any other race, no we aren't shocked because we know there has been, but at the same time it's a shocking fact. I run a website geared towards promoting and encouraging more African Americans to pursue technology, and I can tell you first hand that raising awareness is not about exclusion, it's not about that we need someone's help, it's about face time and setting the stage for the next group of African American technologist or in this case women technologist. How are we ever supposed to usher in the new generation when the face time is at a minimal. For some of these women to sit there and berate the other for trying to bring a issue such as lack of "face" time to the forefront is classless. It seems like the other women don't want the "damsel in distress" tag, which is totally understandable, but raising awareness has nothing to do with females appearing weaker or in need of help. All these women seem to be very strong and intelligent people but some are a little naive. They live in a world of as if, as if because they have had a good road in the IT field that there aren't 100 women behind them that haven't because of their gender. They act as if sexism doesn't exist in the IT field. It's ok to bring awareness to an issue such as this. No one is asking for a hand out from anyone, all i see is someone saying hey, there are more women in tech out there so there should be more "face time" given. I firmly believe that if more face time was given on a more equal basis then more women and African Americans would enter the field of Technology. Bringing awareness to this issue is not a bad thing.
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