The first step in the commissioner's plan is to hold a conference today to discuss the issue -- a precursor to March 8th's "International Women's Day." Reding also plans to continue a program the commission started two years ago called the "Shadowing Initiative," designed to encourage, mentor, and stimulate young women's interest in future careers. Previous years have shown great success, and Reding hopes to continue the trend.
Between the conference and the initiative, the commission hopes it can combat the decline of interest in IT careers by dispelling the stereotypes that computer-related jobs are boring, geeky, and too technically challenging for women. "IT jobs can be very sexy indeed," Reding said today at the commission's briefing.
Hell, yes, IT can be sexy! Sandra Bullock in "The Net?" Hello?