Once again I have found myself drawn to an article dealing with “girls”, technology and careers. The article in question, “Girl Power! Summer camp grooms tomorrow’s techies” introduces us to a summer high tech camp for girls 11-14 years old. It seems that these girls are experiencing opportunities to see technology in action in what is referred to as a “girl-friendly” atmosphere. The hope of the program being that this program will “…make technology relevant — even cool — for this at-risk age and gender group…by exposing them to women in technology-related careers”.
As I look back at my experiences in this industry I see but a handful of women who have chosen to make software development their career, and even fewer seem to be involved with other IT functions. To my way of thinking, we are missing out! I don’t think we need hard headed “know it all’s” of any gender, but I strongly believe that we do need the perspectives that only a women brings to a project, and the lack of women involved in technology restricts us.
While I have heard many a snide remark made regarding some of the female perspectives that those daring enough to voice did in fact voice, I have often wondered about how many of the impractical, almost “toys” that have come and gone in the corporate world would never have gotten off the ground had there been respected female perspectives listened to.
I hope the program referenced meets with successes way beyond their stated goals. The statistics presented in the article about women and their technology careers tells us something is missing – and indeed it is – the female talent.