IT/Game Development Industry

Some Steps Forward

So, while most women in the dig­i­tal games indus­try (and more widely in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy fields) agree that women and girls need to be exposed to STEM early, encour­aged as much as boys, and taught to show con­fi­dence in their abil­i­ties, there need to be some con­crete pro­grams that put all of this talk […]

Some interesting observations

I’ve been try­ing to avoid too much sar­casm when post­ing on this blog, but I have to admit I was tempted to title this post “Really?!” I’m includ­ing a sum­mary of two arti­cles that seem to be try­ing to advo­cate for more women in IT, but are just miss­ing the point about why. These arti­cles came […]

Massive Hate

After fol­low­ing a long thread on the IGDA Women in Games Dis­cus­sion List, I think I have gath­ered enough out­rage to share this story. Jen­nifer Hep­ler, a writer for BioWare, was recently the tar­get of a bar­rage of misog­y­nist hate-speech that arose after a piece of a quote was taken out of con­text and circulated […]

Develop salary survey 2012: Males vs females

Develop’s 2012 salary sur­vey is out, with some not-so-surprising fig­ures. The bot­tom line? The dif­fer­ence in salaries between male and female game devel­oper exec­u­tives in the UK is £3,000. The staff at Develop pub­lished a sum­mary of the sur­vey here. They found the same trend glob­ally between men and women, and went on to mention […]

Google’s Marissa Mayer says more women needed in tech

How do we achieve this? Don’t just focus on how many women are in tech­nol­ogy, focus on cre­at­ing more com­puter sci­en­tists. Cre­ate more inter­est in the field begin­ning in high school. Mayer was quick to point out that when it comes to advanced place­ment exams, 200,000 stu­dents take the cal­cu­lus test, but only 14,000 take […]

Study: Minorities, women often discouraged from entering engineering, science fields

From The State Jour­nal, “West Virginia’s Only Busi­ness News­pa­per” comes another arti­cle about women (and minori­ties) who study STEM. Cathy Bonnstet­ter wrote: An online poll of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math, or STEM, depart­ment chairs at America’s top 200 research insti­tu­tions […] showed that 40 per­cent of minor­ity and female chemists and engi­neers polled said they were […]

Women in IT

Another post in Cam­pus Tech­nol­ogy about the push to get more women into the IT indus­try, more specif­i­cally, into exec­u­tive posi­tions. The edi­tors of Cam­pus Tech­nol­ogy write that although there are more women than men on campus(es) and more women earn­ing advanced degrees, males dom­i­nate exec­u­tive posi­tions, espe­cially in IT. The arti­cle also includes interviews […]

NCWIT Trying To Increase Number of Women in Technology Field

This arti­cle from the Tech­nol­ogy sec­tion of Forbes describes the National Cen­ter for Women & Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (NCWIT) pro­gram “Pace­set­ters” that has part­nered with edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions and busi­nesses to recruit and retain women in the field of IT.Apparently it is work­ing. Author Tim Sohn wrote: “Higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions and busi­nesses are already report­ing results: The University […]

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