Reasons why we need more women in technology

It was 1992, a young girl started her career as an electronics engineer, she was coming from a feminine school and entered a public university, she was habituated to be between girls and being the majority, that year it changed forever. She was 1 between only 7 girls admitted that semester in a group of 52 students, and for her surprise that was the largest number in years, with them there were only 35 girls in the whole career, that had about 500 students. In her mind that was abnormal. We are going to discuss why we are habituated to these abnormal numbers, and what we can do to have a statistically profession gender share that matches population one: 50/50.

  • Is the wrong question going to give us the right answers?

We are plenty informed about the lack of women in STEM, you just have to look around in a tech workplace, women are usually concentrated in administrative and design tasks. We have received tons of explanations about what, from lack of ambition in women, to life elections like maternity, to lack of interest. Others also talk about hostile environments, or closed boy clubs.

One of the problems about focusing in the diagnosis of the obstacles is the appearance of deniers, people interested on saying that the problem doesn’t exists and who are basically dedicated to debate (most of times without a real research basis) in order to “demonstrate” that nothing happens and everything works as it should. But as our young student quickly realized, no, it’s abnormal, no, there’s no reason for things to remain like that.

Also these explanations not necessarily offer women solutions to their personal struggles when pursuing a career in tech; statistics work well for groups of people but don’t give parents tools to motivate girls to be curious about science. We need to go farther from diagnosis and start building a propositive speech that can offer solutions to factual scenarios where women face restrictions in access or ability to adhere to a career in tech.

  • Why do we need more women in tech?

According Mckinsey reaching gender equality by 2025 would add 4.3 trillions in anual GDP for USA economy (6). Is there any good reason to leave that money out from the table? I don’t think so.  In the specific case of tech, actually is almost not affordable to maintain the status quo.

The other important reason is that women should pursue the most lucrative careers, and their consequently jobs, as the “Graduating to a pay gap” study mentions: “Graduates who earned degrees in female-dominated majors tend to get jobs that pay less than the jobs held by graduates who earned degrees in male-dominated majors. For example, one year after graduation, the average full-time-employed female social science major earned just 66 percent of what the average full- time-employed female engineering or engineering technology major earned ($31,924 compared with $48,493).” (18) So, if women miss the opportunity to participate in tech careers and jobs they will also miss the possibility of better income.

  • Let’s ask the right question: Why do women succeed in tech?

Now we give up with the diagnosis of the handicaps, lets take a look to the women who have actually overcome it, to identify patterns and ways to stimulate new women to participate in technology.

I had the opportunity to conduct a qualitative investigation with a partner about the reasons why women elect a career in STEM (10). Those women told us about their life stories and why they selected the career. Interviewed profiles came from recently graduates to company owners. These are some of their experiences:

– Attracted to biology in high school, she didn’t find a faculty offering it near her hometown, so she decided to pursue Systems Engineering after the counseling of a former school partner. She liked engineering too much and finished her studies.  She still works in IT but now develops more administrative roles.

– She wanted to study Mining Engineering, she found opposition from family because they thought it was not a suitable career for a woman. She ignored them an started at the faculty. She was habituated to be in male environments but it was not an issue for her. After graduation she found out more details about the environmental and social impact of mining that brought her to study science divulgation, and now she is the manager of a science museum that encourage young people and families to experiment with science.

– She grow up in a family dedicated to commercial business, she wanted to pursue Systems engineering and found support from her family, who had taught her the value of hardworking. After being trained in testing technology and being very successful on it she decided to form her own testing company. She is very recognized as entrepreneur and business woman. She says never feeling bias against her gender, she just dedicates to be a hard worker, but after all those years she has also learn to appreciate the calm and value of sharing time with her loved ones.

Even the qualitative research doesn’t give us a statistical sample, we are talking about a social phenomenon and it has to be understood from the voices of the people embedded in it. The research allowed us to find some common patterns between them:

– Early exposition to science in general woke up curiosity in them to pursue a tech career later, even if the exposition was in a branch of science different from the one they later choose. As we concluded, girls should be exposed to a fan of options to explore and learn, and science and technology must be in that fan.

– A encouraging family environment to exploration, to built and dismantle toys, awakes curiosity for science to.

– Family support helps to confirm the career election, however when there’s family opposition to it the development of self-esteem gives the girls the tools to overcome the hostile environment and to pursue the aspiration.

  • The role of role models

There are many people wanting to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs, it´s time to start putting the spotlight over women in Tech that have done remarkable contributions so girls can easily identify themselves with them. We need to make more familiar to the general public. Here is a short list.

Ada Lovelace: Known as the first programmer, she created the first algorithms expected to run in the proposed Babbage’s calculation machine.  The Ada lovelace day is the second Tuesday of October and “is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).” (11)

Hedy Lammar:  Usually remembered because of her beauty as cinema actress, she patented along with her husband the method of aleatory frequency hopping of a signal to avoid it’s interception. That concept was later developed as the Spread Spectrum technique that allows modern wireless systems to operate with less power consumption and efficiency. (12)

ENIAC TEAM: First noted in the ENIAC pictures and initially presented as “Refrigerator Ladies”, they were really the ENIAC programmers who created the whole code. ENIAC was the first general purpose computer of the history: Francis “Betty” Snyder Holberton, Betty “Jean” Jennings Bartik, Kathleen McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer, Ruth Lichterman Teitelbaum, and Frances Bilas Spence.

Dr. Grace Hopper: Navy Rear Admiral, she created the first compiler, she was also the first programmer to use MARK I defense computers, receiving recognition for her success with MARK II and III. (14)  Nowadays the “Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing” yearly gathers the largest amount of technologists in the world. (15)

Anita Borg: She developed Unix systems for Digital and Xerox PARC, she founded the “Institute for Women and Technology” dedicated to create programs, partnerships, and initiatives to include women in all aspects of technology. The institute organizes the “Grace Hopper” event. (16)

Margaret Hamilton: She was the lead software engineer for the Apollo project, she designed the software that allowed men go to the moon and safely return. In her time programming work was actually a women’s one, as it was only considered keypunching like typing, however they usually receive programming requirements directly and create the calculation approach by themselves.

As you just see, in the beginning of programming it was actually a feminine work, there’s no reason for it not to be one now.

  • Here comes the gender salary gap

Women are not yet paid as much as men, citing Gender Wage gap article in Time: “Among full-time workers, women earn 77% of what men earn. Even after accounting for the fact that women often work in different occupations and industries than men, as well as differences in work experience, union status, education and race, 41% of that gap is still unexplained. When social scientists control for every employment factor that could possibly explain the disparity, women still earn 91% of what men earn for doing the same job.” (19)

Sadly that tendency is not different in tech, here you can see data from “Graduating to a pay gap“, an study conducted by AAU.

Graduating to a pay gap, Average Annual Earnings One Year after College Graduation, by Undergraduate Major and Gender

Source “Graduating to a pay gap” study by Christianne Corbett, M.A. Catherine Hill, Ph.D. for AAUW page 14, figure 5

The bad news is you will find a gender gap if you get a work in tech, the good news is that you can found you own company and get rid of it 🙂

  • What can women do about it?

Women helping women is one of the best actions to take, because they already know what it is participating in Tech environments, the known issues, and better, the known solutions for them. Here is a list of resources.

To spread the word about the need of closing the gender gap I recommend:

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap: “CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide.” It also gives clues about how to close the gap.

There are organizations dedicated to promote participation of women in Tech, many of them offer meetups, mentoring, and what I call “Safe environments”: places where you can learn and fail and do it right without gender pressure.

She´s coding: “She’s Coding was inspired by CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap documentary filmmakers, and was initiated by a team of engineers, marketers, and designers at JOLT Labs in Seattle, WA. JOLT Labs cares deeply about diversifying the workplace, not just because it’s the right thing to do…but because it’s the smart thing to do. Diverse teams produce better results!”

Women Who Code: “A U.S. based 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. We connect amazing women with other like minded amazing women around the globe who unite under one simple notion – the world of technology is much better with women in it.” I personally leader the Medellín network, take a look to the long list of more of 50 cities in 15 countries around the world.

A mighty girl: “A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books, toys, movies, and music for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls and, of course, for girls themselves!” An amazing resource for parents who want their daughters involved in science from early age, basically under the premise of offering girls with all the available options, so they can choose later.

  • What can men do about it?

One of the uncomfortable things women in tech know is the need to work harder than men to be considered at least equal, actually that affirmation is considered offensive by some men and quickly discarded as untrue. We need to stop this game, let’s take an example: an study about Github shows that code done by women is more prone to be accepted, but only if they don’t show their gender explicitly in their profiles (8).

Is very frustrating to see educated and professional men acting as climate change deniers, saying than the gender gap and gender bias are non-existent, even in front of evidence. Corporations under class action lawsuits for gender discrimination have hard time understanding the issue too (7), having “Boy clubs” that are basically social events where women are not invited to participate and where socialization with managers takes place and promotion opportunities appear.

As the UN initiative He for She advocates, we need men involved to solve this problem, and the first step to solve it is to acknowledge its existence. As addicted people, recovery starts only after accepting addiction. If a man has doubts about what is happening please read documentation available, this post offers resources about it.

The second phase is let women take part, let them propose, create, encourage them to express their opinion. Culture has taught women to start every phrase in a group meting with “Excuse me”, make them confortable to participate, not to please them but because their opinion will enrich the discussion.

Stop judging women capacity by their appearance, if she wears all pink or like a bro it has nothing to do with her cognitive ability (9). Use the same rule for all (women and men) assume the other person knows the subject as you do.

  • Parenting

USA is the only big economy where paid parental leave is not enforced by law for all workers, what puts pressure on an aspect of life that should be normal. After having a child people have to decide the kind of care they want for the baby, paying someone to do so or taking time from work. Women are more prone to leave the job after having a baby than men, because they are expected to be caregivers, not only by society but also by their husbands. Men interviewed answered they considered their careers more important than their wives’ (4),

However simple actions can reverse the numbers, Google reached a decrease of 50% of women attrition in postpartum after increasing maternity leave from 3 to 5 months and from partial to full paid. (3)

Surprisingly  having a child constitutes a bonus for men, employers hire more fathers as they are perceived as more stable and committed, in the other hand mothers are expected to be less productive and easily distracted. In terms of salary having a child implies an average 6% increase in salary for men and a 4% decrease for women. (2)

We have been looking to those subjects from the view of the workforce, but, Who speaks in the name of the families? Why aren’t we asking about the men losing the opportunity to share time with their children? Why does society expect men sacrifice their family in favor of their careers?

Recently the President of the biggest bank in Colombia decided to leave his successful position in order to take care of his family and health (5), even though some people praise him others criticize his determination, society needs to understand more about the benefits of children having both parents with enough time for them. This is a family issue, not just a women one.

Conclusion

It’s time to start taking action to increase participation of women in technology, steps start from the acknowledge of the problem existence and having the purpose to do something about it.  This is not only a women’s issue, is a society issue, one that costs productivity and leaves the whole industry without important contribution from women that give up at a specific time. Creating a more welcoming workplace benefits all, better consideration of parenting help both men and women and their personal satisfaction. Increasing participation of women in tech is a win-win result, more available workforce, more people creating new companies, more business for everyone.

Sources:

  1. The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2016) http://www.aauw.org/resource/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/
  2. The Motherhood Penalty vs. the Fatherhood Bonus http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/upshot/a-child-helps-your-career-if-youre-a-man.html
  3. In Google’s Inner Circle, a Falling Number of Women http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/technology/in-googles-inner-circle-a-falling-number-of-women.html
  4. Why U.S. Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/upshot/us-employment-women-not-working.html
  5. La carta que hizo renunciar al presidente de Bancolombia http://www.eltiempo.com/economia/empresas/renuncia-de-presidente-de-bancolombia-y-carta-de-su-hija/16531722
  6. The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in the United States http://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/employment-and-growth/The-power-of-parity-Advancing-womens-equality-in-the-United-States
  7. In denial: Corporate America’s blindness to gender discrimination http://fortune.com/2013/05/24/in-denial-corporate-americas-blindness-to-gender-discrimination/
  8. Women considered better coders – but only if they hide their gender https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/12/women-considered-better-coders-hide-gender-github
  9. Coding Like a Girl https://medium.com/@sailorhg/coding-like-a-girl-595b90791cce#.ggm4tkcvz
  10. Las voces del SI http://www.latinity.info/detailed-program/#ST18
  11. Finding Ada http://findingada.com
  12. Hedy Lammar http://www.women-inventors.com/Hedy-Lammar.asp
  13. ENIAC Programmers http://eniacprogrammers.org
  14. Grace Hopper biography http://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/tap/Files/hopper-story.html
  15. Grace Hopper Event http://ghc.anitaborg.org
  16. Anita Borg http://anitaborg.org/about-us/about-anita-borg/
  17. Margaret Hamilton https://medium.com/@3fingeredfox/margaret-hamilton-lead-software-engineer-project-apollo-158754170da8#.7n5z7vxze
  18. Graduating to a pay gap, the earnings of women and men one year after college graduation http://www.aauw.org/files/2013/02/graduating-to-a-pay-gap-the-earnings-of-women-and-men-one-year-after-college-graduation.pdf?_ga=1.7578036.722397424.1379578621
  19. Gender Wage gap http://time.com/105292/gender-wage-gap/

 

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Women Who Code, Meetup virtual 20 de febrero de 2016

Iniciamos este año Women Who Code Medellín con un Meetup virtual, para que puedas conectarte desde donde quiera que estés en el siguiente evento de google hangout on air, el sábado 20 de febrero a la 1:00 pm.

Regístrate para asistir en http://meetu.ps/2RT7Kg

Queremos escuchar lo que te interesa conocer y aprender durante este 2016, tus preguntas y comentarios durante el hangout son bienvenidos. Queremos que otras chicas se vinculen a la logística de los eventos, tu participación es importante.

En lo técnico estaremos hablando de prototipado rápido de aplicaciones con Invision. Puedes seguirnos y participar desde tu computador en cualquier lugar. Para enviar preguntas y participar puedes hacerlo desde Hangouts On Air, las preguntas pueden hacerse desde antes de que comience https://plus.google.com/events/c8mq0nd7sfmic4dlrjg7ucnrk0s

Para visualizarlo de forma no interactiva, puedes hacerlo desde YouTube.

 

Usar CocoaPods en tu proyecto XCode

Seguimos con los tutoriales para adquirir herramientas para nuestros proyectos con XCode, hoy nos dedicaremos a CocoaPods.

Primero que todo ¿Qué es CocoaPods? Es básicamente un manejador de dependencias de librerías para proyectos de XCode. ¿Esa vaina no te dice nada? bueno, en términos sencillos resulta que hay mucha gente por allí desarrollando código para compartirlo libremente con el resto de humanidad, a eso lo llamamos OpenSource o código abierto; esta gente que te digo ha organizado su código en librerías, que son porciones de código funcional que puedes importar a tus proyectos, conservando sus derechos de autor (que los tienen claro, pero nos dejan usarlo). Para que sea más sencillo aún se han organizado en lugares públicos en internet llamados repositorios. ¿Te es familiar la palabra? Claro, hablamos de ello en el post de GitHub, y les han puesto índices para que podamos encontrarlos según su utilidad. Aja ¿Y CocoaPods? pues es un software que te ayuda a usar esas librerías y a garantizar que haya consistencia en las dependencias, ¿Y qué son las dependencias? Son otras librerías que necesitas para que el código funcione. Más info en https://cocoapods.org

¿Qué cosas podemos encontrar en CocoaPods? Librerías útiles como AFNetworking, que se encarga de hacer por nosotros operaciones de descarga de información de la red para ponerlas a disposición del app, librerías para manejar iBeacons, para tener informes detallados de errores en las aplicaciones y muchas cosas interesantes que te ahorran esfuerzo.

¿CÓMO SE HACE?

Lo primero que necesitamos es abrir la terminal, si, tu Mac tiene línea de comandos y por debajo sigue siendo básicamente un Unix. La puedes encontrar en el Finder en la ruta Aplicaciones -> Utilidades -> Terminal

Los Mac con versiones superiores a 10.7 (Lion) tienen ya instalado Ruby que es necesario para poder instalar CocoaPods, no hablaremos hoy de Ruby, solo lo actualizaremos para garantizar que tenemos la última versión, con el siguiente comando, es probable que te pida tu password:

$ sudo gem update --system

Verás como resultado algo como esto:

Captura de pantalla 2015-11-25 00.10.49

Ahora instalaremos CocoaPods, así:

$ sudo gem install -n /usr/local/bin cocoapods

La instalación puede tomar un tiempo, ten paciencia. Esta forma de instalarlo funciona aun si tienes instalado “El Capitan”.

Si no quieres o no puedes usar privilegios de root para la instalación, puedes consultar instrucciones detalladas (en inglés) en la página de CocoaPods

Suponemos que ya tienes tu proyecto creado, si necesitas un recorderis sobre ello lee el post sobre la primera app sin código. Ahora vamos a crear un archivo llamado PodFile en la carpeta raíz de tu proyecto. ¿Puedes crearlo por la interfaz gráfica? Si, si tienes instalado un editor de texto plano como Sublime Text puedes hacerlo directamente, para quienes no lo tengan lo explicaremos desde la terminal.

Nos ubicaremos en la terminal en la carpeta raíz de tu proyecto, si no sabes donde está ve al Finder y observa la ruta que te muestra abajo.

Captura de pantalla 2015-11-25 00.39.03

Si tu sistema operativo está en español (como el mío) debes saber que el nombre de la ruta original está en inglés, así que para entrar a la ruta mostrada arriba debes hacerlo en la terminal con el comando mostrado a continuación. Esto es Unix, ten cuidado en conservar mayúsculas y minúsculas:

$ cd /users/iyepes/Documents/XCode/hcoportfolio

Para verificar que estás en el lugar correcto puedes digitar el comando pwd que te mostrará tu ruta actual. Luego usaremos “nano” que es un editor de texto plano para crear el archivo así:

$ nano PodFile

Obtendremos una ventana como esta que nos permitirá editar el archivo.

Captura de pantalla 2015-11-25 01.06.21

Agregaremos el siguiente texto al archivo que indica, lugar donde están los el repositorio, versión del sistema operativo destino (fíjate que coincida con el target de tu proyecto) nombre de tu proyecto y el nombre de la librería, en nuestro ejemplo AFNetworking.

source 'https://github.com/CocoaPods/Specs.git'
platform :ios, '9.1'
workspace 'hcoportfolio'
pod 'AFNetworking'

Para guardar presionas ctrl+o (la letra o) y para salir ctrl+x

Asegúrate de que tu proyecto esté cerrado en XCode e instala la librería con el siguiente comando:

$ pod install

Si te da el error “pod: Command not found” es necesario cambiar los permisos de la carpeta donde fue instalado CocoaPods, esto puede pasarte si vienes de un upgrade a “El Capitan”. puedes hacerlo así:

$ sudo chmod -R 755 /usr/local/bin

Una vez aceptado el “pod install” debe comenzar la instalación.  Tardará dependiendo de la velocidad de tu conexión a internet, pues lo que hace el instalador es descargar la librería de internet y añadirla a tu proyecto. Al terminar te mostrará algo como esto.

Captura de pantalla 2015-11-25 02.07.47

Captura de pantalla 2015-11-25 02.21.16Observa la advertencia que dice cerrar las sesiones abiertas de tu proyecto y a partir de ahora abrirlo desde el archivo terminado como .xcworkspace, el otro que termina en .xcodeproj no tiene las librerías que acabamos de adicionar. Al abrirlo notarás que ahora hay dos carpetas principales, una con el nombre de tu proyecto y la otra con el nombre Pods

Hay un truco, estamos agregando a un proyecto en Swift una librería que está escrita en Objective-C, ambos son interoperables, es decir puedo usar código en ambos lenguajes en la misma aplicación, para ello crearemos un archivo de enlace del siguiente modo:
Captura de pantalla 2015-11-25 02.27.14

Creamos un nuevo archivo en nuestro Workspace usando File -> New -> File

Captura de pantalla 2015-11-25 02.30.44

 

Seleccionamos un nuevo archivo de Objective-C

 

Captura de pantalla 2015-11-25 02.32.30

 

Le damos cualquier nombre, lo borraremos después así que no importa

Continuamos con Captura de pantalla 2015-11-25 02.32.35 luego Captura de pantalla 2015-11-25 02.32.49 y posteriormente se nos presentará una ventana que nos preguntará como queremos crear el Objective-C bridging header.

Captura de pantalla 2015-11-25 02.34.14

Damos click sobre Create Bridging Header, esto solo hay que hacerlo una vez y aparecerá un archivo con el nombre del proyecto y como Bridging Header.Captura de pantalla 2015-11-25 02.42.34 Allí importaremos las librerías que necesitemos, por ejemplo:
Captura de pantalla 2015-11-25 03.06.26

#import "UIImageView+AFNetworking.h"
#import "UIActivityIndicatorView+AFNetworking.h"

No olvides borrar el archivo dummy.

¿Cómo usaremos esas librerías? Bueno, eso lo veremos en otro post.

UPDATE sobre swift

Si estás agregando un pod a swift vas a obtener este error:

Captura de pantalla 2016-02-26 21.52.33

Debes agregar en la parte superior de tu PodFile lo siguiente al comenzar:

use_frameworks!

source 'https://github.com/CocoaPods/Specs.git'

Las voces del SI

Women in LabDesde el principio ha sido nuestro interés el tema de las mujeres en la tecnología, como motivarlas a participar, cómo mantener el interés en aquellas que han tomado ya la opción de hacerlo.

Curiosas en descubrir más luces sobre este tema estamos llevando a cabo una investigación cualitativa, en la cual buscamos entrevistar en video a mujeres que se dediquen a la tecnología en general.  Queremos cubrir estudiantes, profesionales, educadoras, investigadoras, todas aquellas que quieran decirnos con su voz porque le dijeron SI a la tecnología.

Si quieres participar y ser entrevistada puedes escribirnos a lasvocesdelsi@gmail.com y te estaremos contactando para realizarte la entrevista vía hangout.

Los resultados de la investigación serán compartidos con las participantes, divulgados en un canal de videos en youtube y presentados en una conferencia internacional, con el fin de que más mujeres se interesen y motiven a elegir carreras en los ámbitos de la tecnología.

Gracias.

Primer Meetup de Women Who Code en Medellín

Women Who Code

El próximo 20 de mayo Women Who Code tendrá su primer Meetup en la ciudad de Medellín. http://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-Medellin/events/222244175/

Mucho se habla de aumentar la participación de las mujeres en Tecnología, Women Who Code se dedica a realizar acciones específicas para ello en el campo del desarrollo de software.

WWC es una organización global sin ánimo de lucro 501(c)(3) dedicada a inspirar a las mujeres a la excelencia en carreras en tecnología. Busca empoderar a las mujeres con las habilidades necesarias para el avance profesional, y favorecer ambientes donde las conexiones y la mentoría son apreciadas. Su misión es conectar un millón de mujeres en tecnología. Actualmente tiene presencia en 15 países, con más de 25.000 mujeres, ha realizado más de 1.200 eventos gratuitos.

Todo eso suena genial, ¿Pero cómo lo hace específicamente? Por medio de Meetups (reuniones) donde las mujeres aprenden y enseñan a otras mujeres a programar, les permiten realizar conexiones profesionales, y les proveen recursos relacionados con el mundo del trabajo. También realiza difusión de eventos tecnológicos y con la ayuda de diversos aliados favorece que sus miembros participen activamente en ellos.

Para mi es una gran alegría que vayamos a realizar el primer Meetup en Medelllín y que comencemos esta iniciativa para el beneficio de las mujeres apasionadas por el desarrollo de software y las que se sienten inquietas por integrarse a esta actividad.

Las reuniones son abiertas a cualquier nivel técnico, las mujeres que comienzan el aprendizaje son totalmente bienvenidas, al igual que las avanzadas, con un especial deseo de que se involucren para compartir su conocimiento. Buscamos un ambiente acogedor, donde cada una tenga la libertad de aprender y avanzar a su propio ritmo.

Alguien dirá ¿Por qué reuniones de solo mujeres? ¿No es eso excluyente? Bueno, yo tengo una teoría al respecto. Cuando comencé mis estudios de Ing. Electrónica en mi semestre éramos 7 mujeres, con nosotras se completaba un total de 35 mujeres entre todos los 10 semestres de la carrera, así que fácilmente las reconocías a todas. Pronto me di cuenta de un denominador común, prácticamente todas habían estudiado en colegios exclusivamente femeninos en al menos dos años de su educación secundaria. ¿Qué tiene esto de particular? Que prácticamente todas habían estado en algún momento de su formación en un ambiente neutro al género, donde todas las tareas y campos de estudio, sin importar su complejidad o dificultad eran realizadas por mujeres, y las mejores eran mujeres, por ende, ninguna tarea en sí misma estaba asociada a ningún género específico, simplemente la posibilidad de realizarla o no estaba definida por la capacidad o el interés personal, nada más.  Así que es apenas natural que una mujer que ha estado en un ambiente donde su único límite es su propia habilidad, tenga total voluntad de integrarse a una actividad socialmente reconocida como masculina, porque en su cerebro tal asociación no existe, no hay tareas asignadas a géneros, simplemente hay tareas que te agradan o no, para las que desarrollas habilidad o no.

Por eso iniciativas como Women Who Code, que proveen ambientes de interacción neutros al género favorecen la posibilidad de aprender, donde puedes ver a otras mujeres que han tenido éxito en el área, que están dispuestas a contarte como lograron llegar allí, que comparten las vivencias propias de ser mujer en el campo de la tecnología.

¡Invitadas a participar en este y los siguiente Meetups que realizaremos!

Por: Isabel Yepes @iyepes0120

Aplazado Encuentro Púrpura: Mujeres y Tecnología – Núcleo Andino

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Informamos que se ha aplazado el Encuentro Púrpura: Mujeres y Tecnología – Núcleo Andino. Próximamente se estará anunciando la nueva fecha.

El Encuentro Púrpura: Mujeres y Tecnología – Núcleo Andino 2013 será la oportunidad de generar un espacio en la Ciudad de Bogotá para el análisis y discusión de temáticas relacionadas con la participación de la mujer en el acceso, uso, desarrollo y aplicación de las herramientas tecnológicas existentes.

Los ejes temáticos del evento son:

  • Género y Tecnologías Libres
  • Brecha Digital de Género
  • Software y Cultura Libre
  • Ciberfeminismo – Hactivismo Feminista
  • FOSSchix Colombia.

Más info en la página de FOSSChixCo