TechEd 2010 New Orleans: A Woman’s Perspective

June 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news, Microsoft | Leave a comment


Today I attended the Women in Technology Luncheon at TechEd. This event is always a must attend for me. This year, a panel of women gave those in attendance some insights into technology and women.

Donna Reese from Mississippi State University shared a graph that showed a decline in women graduating with degrees in Computer Science. In the 1980s, the percentage of women graduating with Computer Science degrees was at its peak, around 35%. Now it is hovering close to 20%. That means the guys outnumber us girls 4:1.

But if you come to TechEd 2010, the ratio is even more slanted in the guys’ direction. It has been announced that there are over 11,000 attendees at TechEd this year. The count for the Women in Technology luncheon was around 400, with a few men in attendance. So not even 10% of the attendees are female. Really, ladies, where are you? I know that there are more of us out there. But we can look on the bright side, for once, we don’t have lines in the bathrooms. Now how often does that happen?!

On a side note, last night, my family and I went to Snug Harbor to see Charmaine Neville perform. A local had told us about her great performances. During her performance, “Dancing Man” made an appearance, which my entire family found quite entertaining. The only time I move like that is by accident…when I am falling. Luckily, none of that happened today. Somehow I managed to stay upright.

Yay, me!


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