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Women In Comms

SlideshowA Vast Valley: Tech's Inexcusable Gender Gap

Boys' Club
The gender problem in the Valley is so overwhelmingly obvious  that even the HBO show Silicon Valley knew to cast five  young guys to play the characters in the stereotypical  startup there.
The gender problem in the Valley is so overwhelmingly obvious
that even the HBO show Silicon Valley knew to cast five
young guys to play the characters in the stereotypical
startup there.

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danielcawrey 10/1/2015 | 4:43:11 PM
Re: Where are the women resumes? The percentage of women in tech roles for these stats are really not good. How can we improve this? I remember when I was studying IT in college, there were very few women in my classes. 

It's got to start at a young age, this separation between boys and girls when technology is of interest to them. It's got to be a change, then, in the school systems in elementary or middle education. Anyone else agree?
Joe Stanganelli 9/29/2015 | 6:29:50 PM
Re: Lipstick I suppose it would have been better to find ads from the same year to make the analogy more clear, but it is worth noting that the target demographic of that ad at the time would be in their mid-30s today, established in the workforce right now.

Can't say as I've played Pretty Pretty Princess (I had to Google "black ring Pretty Pretty Princess").  I preferred "nerdy boy" board games like HeroQuest.  ;)
Sarah Thomas 9/29/2015 | 6:20:13 PM
Re: Lipstick To be fair, the Pretty Princess commercial was from 1992, although I don't think they've changed too much since then. I, however, loved that game, as did my older brother. He frequently ended up with the black ring...and everyone knows you don't want that.
Joe Stanganelli 9/29/2015 | 6:17:51 PM
Lipstick Personally, I blame how kids are raised -- and how girls are raised to be interested in "girly" things and not so much in "boy" things.

Compare this:




To this:

mendyk 9/29/2015 | 5:26:27 PM
Re: Leftist Moralizing or Tech News? It's been a while since we've had a bona fide troll on the LR message board. Kudos for finding one.
TeleWRTRLiz 9/29/2015 | 4:52:42 PM
Re: Leftist Moralizing or Tech News? @Sarah, what are you doing here? Get back to the kitchen where you belong. (And I'll meet you there with a bottle of wine.)
Sarah Thomas 9/29/2015 | 4:47:30 PM
Re: Leftist Moralizing or Tech News? If you can't see the relevancy of a women in communications initiative from a communications publication serving the communications industry, then I'm not sure I can help here...
turnkit 9/29/2015 | 4:26:29 PM
Leftist Moralizing or Tech News? If I wanted the Left's moral had wringing over how they haven't yet totally destroyed a stay at home mom's chance to raise her kids and the traditional family I'd subscribe to Mother Jones, Utne Reader or even Slate. I don't. Dear LR, please write about relevant matters. Otherwise you can keep the rapid activist readers but you'll alienate half your base and risk losing them.
heretoday 9/28/2015 | 7:41:33 PM
Re: Where are the women resumes? Thanks Sarah. And i agree with you. Women on my team are often top performers. I won't further rationalize that or over think it. But I follow the industry metric of about 15%. And not because of any sort of bias. At time i may get 1 female resume out of 100 submissions. Lets get more women in pure engineering and i for one will be glad for it. Keep doin whatchur doin.
heretoday 9/28/2015 | 7:41:33 PM
Re: Where are the women resumes? Thanks Sarah. And i agree with you. Women on my team are often top performers. I won't further rationalize that or over think it. But I follow the industry metric of about 15%. And not because of any sort of bias. At time i may get 1 female resume out of 100 submissions. Lets get more women in pure engineering and i for one will be glad for it. Keep doin whatchur doin.
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