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May 30th, 2012 WW Editorial Staff | Letters to the Editor
 

Inbox: Women in the Tech Field

     
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Although I live in the central San Joaquin Valley, the information in this article hit home [“Where the Tech Is She?” WW, May 23, 2012]. I believe the old-boys network exists in many other fields as well, and I love the approach Michelle Rowley takes with contacting one woman at a time.

Unless and until fields of knowledge and careers are opened to everyone—to the diverse population—it will stagnate, fail to thrive and eventually spiral downward. The timing is perfect for making changes in the programming world.

—“Joanne T. Allen” 


This article is not just about “Hey, we should hire more women. We need diversity.” It’s also about the culture women are subjected to once they are onboard. Having worked in the information technology field for 12 years, I can attest that it varies. But I have had direct experience with misogyny, harassment and putting up with that “brogrammer” crap.... Young women need to be encouraged to apply to the more technical programs at universities. More of those graduates means more female coders in the world.

—“Stacey Atwell”


Great piece. I am the founder of a software company and regret to say that as of [last week], we are all men. We have a new [male employee] starting, and I noticed the applications we received for that position were about 90 percent male. I’d love to balance our company more; I just need the qualified applicants first!

—“Jmartens”


Only 22 percent of Willamette Week’s news-room employees are women? No wonder I find myself skipping through the paper with little to interest me, a female.... Ditch the dud dudes and bring in some female voices.

—“Simone”


MEASURING THE CANDIDATES

The contrast among the enthusiastic, committed volunteers for Jefferson Smith, and the relatively low visibility of volunteer support for Charlie Hales, and the dearth of volunteer support for Eileen Brady, was dramatic and telling in the [mayoral] primary [“What Money Can’t Buy,” WW, May 23, 2012]. The title of the article is an important theme.

I’m impressed that, according to your figures, Smith conserved his cash and did not go into six figures of debt to his campaign, yet had the lowest total contributions. Portland retail politics succeeds with door-knocking, house parties and true retail (one-on-one) politics.

I hope Mr. Hales agrees to the campaign-spending limitations for the general [election] that Mr. Smith has proposed. Thanks for your story.

—“Oregon mom”


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