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Is the IT industry still only for men?
Thu, 3rd Nov 2011
FYI, this story is more than a year old

There was a time when technology and all its offshoots were the domain of a group of young men who dressed badly and spent Saturday nights watching Star Trek reruns.

Now, thanks to the likes of Jobs, Gates and Zuckerberg, admitting to being involved in ICT is no longer an image killer.  In fact, thanks to shows like Big Bang Theory, it’s even a little bit cool.

However, although the cool barrier has been broken, the gender barrier still seems to be firmly intact.

I want to know, where are the women? I’m not just asking because I am a woman, or because I am a woman who loves technology, but because I know there are women out there in this industry. And I want to talk to them.

Virginia 'Ginni' Rometty (CEO of IBM) and Meg Whitman (president and CEO of HP) are great examples of women leading the way internationally- now I want to know, where are our New Zealand techno-mavens? There must be some Chanel in amongst the Ralph Lauren surely? New Zealand was the first country to give women the vote; we can't be the last to trust our IT teams to them.

So, if you are a woman working in or with technology - in particular if you are working in an executive role - I want to hear from you. Email me today and let’s tell the world about you.