Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2007
I have been at the last 3 Grace Hopper Conferences in Vancouver, Chicago and San Diego and I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to be in a room with 600-800 women who are involved in the field of technology – all of them sharing ideas, mentoring, talking about the changes that women have brought about in the field of technology and through the use of technology. There are discussions around subjects like women-friendly curriculum (whether it is desirable or not), early childhood toys that lead to a choice of careers in later life, life-work balance, the glass ceiling – you name it!
Everyone who is anyone in the field of technology is there – senior people from Google, Sun, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Intel and IBM – as speakers and sponsors. They encourage and motivate the young women who attend on scholarships from their universities or through scholarships offered by Google or Microsoft or Cisco or one of the other sponsors. Ambassadors from the tech sector and from universities in other countries are also brought in by these organizations. Look at the names of the people and companies involved. It is amazing how much is done to create an interest in the field of technology and in bringing and highlighting women who are already a part of it.
How many of these organizations would support such an effort here in Pakistan? We could bring in women from the region – and even some male speakers who have been right up there supporting the cause. There could be panels that have women who are working in different areas of computing – business, development, government, academia, etc. How about it my friends at Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Nokia? I will put it all together – all you have to do is pay for it 🙂
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