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Women in Technology: Where are you?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 2, 2006

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For many ladies out there, the world of technology can be a very lonely planet. Would the female techies please stand up!

Men in technology: Quite a lot of fish in the sea, aren't there?

For all of the blogs, comments, and podcasts on the Internet about technology, very few are operated by women or infused with a feminine edge.

Why is that?

It's not because women are not as intelligent, and it's not because we don't use the technology. My theory is that the majority of women in technology are isolated and lack the community that our male counterparts enjoy so freely.

This is no longer a domain run exclusively by men, and the female tech enthusiasts are coming out of the woodwork at a rapid pace.

leesa-barnes.jpgFor example, let's take Leesa Barnes, a digital girl living in a digital world. I first heard of Leesa through her blog when she mentioned Voices.com as a source for finding voice talents to record for podcasts. Shortly after, I was excited to see Leesa plug The Podcasting Ebook: Your Definitive Guide to Podcasting as one of the best books to learn how to podcast from. Leesa is based in Toronto, and is someone I would love to meet as a fellow female techie. Just a hop, skip, and a jump down the road!

amber-macarthur.jpgAnother fabulous example of a lady who I actually met briefly at the mesh conference (a panelist) in Toronto is Amber MacArthur, host of several podcasts and programs, including commandN and the ever popular, Inside the Net. If you're dying to see what an iPod birthday cake looks like, you'll love Amber's blog.

Technology is not just about the Internet, but anything 'technical'. That being said, there are hundreds of technologically minded women who read this blog everyday. You don't need to be on TV, in trade magazines, or interviewed in a podcast to be officially tech savvy. Reading this post is proof enough.

Are you one of us?

Drop us a line (leave a comment) and help to grow our community of women in technology. Mention your blog, podcast, or website in your comment.

Cheers,

Stephanie

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Comments


    How nice to see your post. I believe both Amber and I will be at a symposium on women in tech taking place in Toronto on August 3rd. Here's the URL:

    http://socialtechbrewing.org/node/19

    I'm looking forward to finally meeting Amber and I'd love to skip, hop and jump down the road with you Stephanie. What fun as I haven't done that in ages. We'll just have to keep our eye out for streetcars :)

    I do agree that technology can be intimidating and if anything, I should be the most phobic with my paltry degree in History.

    However, because I've always loved computers, numbers, and cool gadgets, I find that the tech field really satisfies all of my interests. It's been that way ever since I coded the blasting off of a rocket ship on a Commodore 64 back in the late 80s.

    At the end of the day, what keeps women out of tech isn't lack of knowledge, but lack of confidence.

    Posted by:
    • Leesa
    • August 2, 2006 3:33 PM

      I would raise my hand as another gadget girl, but it would mean I would have to put down my Pocket PC, which serves as my cell phone and gives me wireless e-mail and full Internet access wherever I am! :)

      I not only have embraced technology but I have made my living from it. I earned my MS degree in computer information systems and worked over 20 years in the IT field, first as a programmer and later as a LAN/WAN/e-mail administrator.

      My intense technical background serves me extremely well in marketing my voice-over services to high-tech firms, especially those with e-learning programs. I can perform those types of scripts with complete credibility and authenticity because I actually understand the words and acronyms that are coming out of my mouth! :)

      I designed my first web site AVOICEAboveTheCrowd.com and do all of the maintenance on my current web site KarenVoices.com and my blog KarenBlogs.com. I have a podcast show planned (coming soon at KarenTalks.com) and have generated ideas for about 30 show topics; I just need time for implementation!

      Posted by:

        Hi ladies!

        There are LOTS of us, but it's rare that we ever get to connect. So, let's start ;-).

        Please keep me up-to-date about any women/IT events going on in T.dot. In case folks don't know about some techie meet-ups, BarCamp and DemoCamp are great for the geek girl in all of us (and Toronto is a hotbed for these events).

        Back to my new MacBook...we're definitely inseparable.

        -Amber

        Posted by:

          Standing up as well! My first degree was in Computer Science (my second was a Music degree with Vocal Performance Major). I too worked in the Engineering and Computer world as a programmer/analyst and later as a web developer for several years before transitioning back to performing. I consider myself fortunate to have the best of both worlds when it comes to the background and experience I bring to this profession.

          My science and technology background are invaluable when it comes to narrating high-tech or medical training programs or other materials filled with vocabulary that most people call jargon. Like Karen, I can impart the information in a credible way because I DO know what I'm talking about, and can pronounce it properly.

          I feel that it's important to have women's voices narrating technical and medical presentations not only to break the oh-so-hard-to-break stereotypes but also to allow diversity to flourish!

          Amen to all tech-savvy women!

          Posted by:
          • Maggie
          • August 4, 2006 2:29 PM

            Hello Women,

            I feel like I have one foot in the old world and one in the new. I have an iPod but haven't learned how to use it, had a website created for me but don't know how to revise it...but I'm delighted at how computers and the Web have made it so easy for me to edit sound (I originally learned on reel-to-reel!), market my voice and deliver projects to clients worldwide. I appreciate your tips on books to read. I know there's so much more I could be doing in this area!

            --Lisa in Arizona

            Posted by:
            • Lisa
            • August 4, 2006 6:20 PM

              Lisa, once you learn to use your iPod, it will become like your AmEx card -- you won't leave home without it! :) I find my iPod invaluable not only for storing much of my vast and eclectic music collection (including the complete 400+ song Barry Manilow catalog, thank you very much!), but it's exceedingly helpful in the pursuit of my v-o goals. Also on my iPod are:

              * audiobooks

              * seminars and podcasts on a wide variety of topics (including the terrific show from IV)

              * foreign language lessons (8 CDs in Spanish and at least 16 CDs in French)

              * ear frequency training for audio engineering

              * dialects and accents

              I'm thinking about storing recordings of my character voices during audiobook recordings on my iPod. That way, I will have a ready reference for playback in case I don't remember exactly how I voiced someone 16 chapters ago.

              Some people use their iPods as extra hard drive space or even as a portable recorder. While the sound quality probably wouldn't be something you would want to use for a job or an audition, you might find other uses for such a recording.

              You're gonna LOVE it, girl!

              Posted by:

                What would be nice is to profile ladies who are 50+ who have overcome their fear of technology & growing up in a non-digital era. I know my mom is giving it a go, and I'm extremely proud of her ;)

                Posted by:
                • argie
                • August 5, 2006 12:03 PM

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