Encourage. Energize. Empower.

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.  – Kofi Annan

In the above quote, Secretary Annan was referring to women in developing nations.  However, it’s just as apt a description of women in technology. 
Encourage. Energize. Empower.  Those are pretty tall orders. The YOU is implied. How about we imply instead that it’s WE? As working women with a voice,  WE need to support each other. WE need to encourage each other to try harder, to reach farther and to stand taller. WE need to energize each other when we’re tired, when we stumble and when we need to rest. 
Where should you start? How about right here?  Here is a great place to start. 
We’ll do it together.

Gender Inequality in Tech and Leadership

Wed, Mar 02 2016 19:00 UTC

Gender Inequality in Tech and Leadership

It's no secret that the science and technology world today is dominated by men. Fortunately, over the past few years there has been an uprising of awareness and progress in efforts to balance the field; to destroy the stigma against geeky girls at a young age, to change the perception of female leaders being "bossy", to encourage women to rise against the gender adversity they face, and to encourage men to recognize their part in creating a male-dominated field and the disadvantages it causes for the progress of science and technology. In this talk, I'll go over all of these topics, and illustrate some of the subtle and not-so-subtle things in society that have helped cultivate the gender imbalanced tech world we live in today. I will go over some ideas that men can emulate in order to help chip away at this environment, and finally I will discuss ways that women can advance their position and be better recognized in a male-dominated industry.

Haz Parakrama

I'm a senior application developer with UMB in Kansas City. The last talk I gave was a few months ago at KCDC over web security. I'm super passionate about science and technology and software development, and a whole bunch of other things. I received my Masters in Computer Science from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2008.

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