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RE: Why the Widening Gender Gap in Computer Science?

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From: news [mailto:news@ger.gmane.org] On Behalf Of Monique Y. Mudama
Sent: 25. marraskuuta 2008 19:19
To: debian-women@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: Why the Widening Gender Gap in Computer Science?

On 2008-11-25, Anne Sorsa penned:
> That is so true. One friend of mine has told me that she has problems to
find CS work and she thinks that the biggest reason is her age. She is under
30 years and maybe an employers are afraid that she might get pregnant.

Maybe it's a matter of location?  Since graduating with a CS degree, I've
had three jobs, two with software companies and one with an aerospace
company.  Two of those have been in the Denver metro area of Colorado; one
in the beltway area around Washington, DC.  In all of these companies, women
appear to be just as welcome as men.
Granted, that's a tiny sample set over 10 years.  But I imagine that other
locations in the US could be much more sexist.

(Side note: 10 years?  Really?  It doesn't feel that long ...)

Is it at all possible that there would be another reason that other
candidates would be chosen over her?


Yes, you have a good point in here. After job interview no-one doesn´t tell
you the reasons why you aren´t chosen. In Eastern-Finland we don´t have many
CS or tech oriented jobs. That is why even my own working situation is
complex; I have part time work as an IT-Expert, then I am part time student
in University of Applied Sciences and rest of my time I work as a
freelancer. Luckily my children are already teenagers... Next I can complain
about age racism :) 


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