International Women’s Day
Today is International Women’s Day all over the world to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women. In honor of International Women’s Day IDG (International Data Groups) published interviews with fourteen women working with IT on interesting positions in their newspaper Computer Sweden and this morning they published the same interviews on their web page. I’m one of the interviewed women in this article and I find this a great way to encourage young women thinking about an IT education to take the step and actually do it.
My main question about women in IT industry is: Where did they all go?! In the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s when mainframe computers where the only computers that existed almost ONLY women worked with computers. This was back in the time where a mainframe computer covered a whole room and the personnel worked in white robes. All of these skilled women must be out there somewhere in the IT industry, but where are they? Well, of course this was a while back and some of them is old enough to get their pension today, but at least some of them must be working for the IT industry still in these days. Why do we never see any interviews with these ladies that were a part of building the IT infrastructure we have today?
To all women in IT industry i want to say one thing: Never forget that in the old days we were a majority in the IT industry and that we today are a row model for young women to encourage them to seek the knowledge and enjoyments of working with IT.
Old interview with me referred to in the new interview: “Vi kan lära oss av Microsoft” (swedish)