Booth Babes

Attending conferences, where many typical computer scientist (read: socially inept people) are huddled together to learn about esoteric topics, can create a breeding ground for isolation. For example, being the only woman at your small start up may be annoying but being the only woman in a room full of strange men may be daunting.

So It’s Come To This

On April 17, Christiane Vejlø attended a Dell partner summit at the Tivoli Conference Center in Copenhagen. Dressed in a red suit, Vejlø felt a little out of place among all the blue ties (scarves for women), but it wasn’t the only reason she felt out of place. In the crowd of 800, only 5% were women. And she herself was the only journalist.

Sexism In Tech: The Revolution is Being Tweeted

We hear about sexism in the tech industry frequently, and many readers of this blog no doubt experience such on a daily basis. The most recent prominent entries in the ongoing saga of poor and demoralizing behavior aimed at women in the technology industry? Squoot and Geeklist. If you’re not familiar with either of these incidents, you can check out Read Write Web’s synopsis of Squoot’s offer of women serving beer as a perk of attending their hackathon.

Link Share: 50th Anniversary of Mercury Program

Last month saw the 50th anniversary celebration of the first American to orbit the Earth and Project Mercury in general. The Associated Press article by Marcia Dunn noted that the veterans of the Mercury program included women who were involved as mathematicians and computer programmers.

Getting What You’re Worth

Salary negotiation is a hot topic right now. This article in the New York Times has some good reminders for women specifically about negotiating for a fair salary, and describes some of the pitfalls women fall into. One of my go-to financial blogs Get Rich Slowly has numerous posts about the importance of salary negotiation. One important point these writers make is that it is always a good idea to negotiate. Regardless of what the employer offers, ask for more, and be willing to work for what you think you’re worth.