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October 18, 2003

Upgrade Your Future

Aims to encourage women to consider a career in I.T. Some of the information seems a little outdated and/or overly optimistic ("...starting salaries for Webmaster began at $58,000 and $56,250 for Web developers"?!?!) but there are some good links here, particularly for people in the Chicago area. (The site is a project by the Chicago-based nonprofit Women Employed.)


November 4: Women in Technology: "Building your network to your advantage"

"When it comes to leveraging personal networks to gain career momentum, women in technology face some unique challenges. Our panel of experts are women who have used the power of networking to build communities, gain visibility and become established as experts in their field. Learn techniques to build your confidence and build a network that gets you results."

November 4, 2003, 6 pm - 9 pm, Dublin, CA, $40. Sponsored by eBig, an association of I.T. professionals in the East Bay.

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October 1, 2003

"Will Work For Food"

The author of this site is a programmer and network administrator living in Baghdad. In this entry, she discusses what her working life was like before the war and what it's like to try to be a working woman in Iraq now — fairly close to impossible at the moment.

I'm one of the lucky ones… I'm not important. I'm not vital. Over a month ago, a prominent electrical engineer (one of the smartest females in the country) named Henna Aziz was assassinated in front of her family — two daughters and her husband. She was threatened by some fundamentalists from Badir’s Army and told to stay at home because she was a woman, she shouldn't be in charge. She refused — the country needed her expertise to get things functioning — she was brilliant. She would not and could not stay at home. They came to her house one evening: men with machine-guns, broke in and opened fire. She lost her life — she wasn't the first, she won't be the last.

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Female IT professionals cope in a male-dominated industry

A look at women's working lives in the IT industry. The reporter interviews a number of attendees at the September 2003 Executive Women's Forum in Florida. As usual, there's a mixture of good and bad: there's one woman who hands out business cards in Japan that list her title as "engineering secretary" instead of her usual "chief technology officer and executive vice president". On the other hand, many women talked about helpful mentors in college and family-friendly workplaces. Still, a salary and hiring gap persists...

--> "Female IT professionals cope in a male-dominated industry", Ellen Messmer Network World, September 29, 2003, www.nwfusion.com/news/2003/0929women.html