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'Why Not?': Power Phrase For Women In Tech
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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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10/21/2014 | 3:22:20 PM
Re: 'Why Not?'
@Zerox, thanks for your input. I loved how you phrased "because we're imperfect role models." This is an important message for students to hear. No one is perfect. I think our society expects too much perfection from students, too soon. And not one of my role models fits the "perfect" adult mold.
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10/17/2014 | 8:51:12 AM
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These points cannot be stressed enough. It's very tough for young students to see the forest for the trees, and especially with such a limited perspective of what having a career is like and why it's important, many of them might be reluctant to volunteer for the extra workload that comes along with STEM courses and programs. Why would they if nobody has shown them the benefit and the satisfaction of it? Because young girls are more likely to be discouraged or criticized, and because they may lack role models, the risk is that much greater. It only takes one bad day to drop out of a program and never look back.

The bit about being able to pursue dancing alongside programming struck me as very valuable. Life is not about just doing one thing. You're not either 'this' or 'that'. The reason you want a strong and fulfilling career is to round out your life and give you room to pursue everything you want out of the world. We should be reminding students of that a lot more often. Many of us still struggle with that at all ages (think of all the unused gym memberships!) - but it's because we're imperfect role models that we'll be relatable. That's what these kids need.
Laurianne
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10/9/2014 | 4:52:29 PM
Re: Resources abound
thanks lorna and susan for sharing these resources. if you have a favorite we missed, share it here.

 
AbeG
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10/9/2014 | 11:12:40 AM
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@Lorna.  Thanks for sharing those links.  I'll be looking into this.
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10/7/2014 | 11:33:35 PM
Re: The Power of Why Not?
I think we can all learn from the "why not?" attitude.  The positive attitude sets the stage for the whole project.  Also, the value of the advice IT profesionals can share with these students is tremendous.  It would make a huge impact on their lives, helping them lay a foundation to be great professionals in this field.
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10/7/2014 | 4:35:34 PM
The Power of Why Not?
That is, indeed, an incredibly powerful phrase and one that could serve anyone (male or female) in any career. why not take on that new project? Why not approve someone else's idea? Why not become a mentor?

Check out these 12 resources for young women pursuing STEM careers, I'll wager any of them could use your time & expertise. Why not?:

http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/it-strategy/12-stem-resources-for-young-women/d/d-id/1297790

 
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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10/7/2014 | 3:18:44 PM
Resources abound
It may take some effort to find mentoring opportunities, but here are a few resources: 

Women in Technology has a program (called, amusingly, GIT): http://www.womenintechnology.org/git

Girl Geeks maintains a great list of ops: http://www.girlgeeks.org/education/resources.shtml

Girls In Tech probably has a chapter near you: http://www.girlsintech.org/chapters/

No excuses! Why not click?


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