Open up the Clubhouse

THAT Conference 2015
Day: Wed, Aug 12   Time: 2:30 PM   Location: (map)
Level: 100  Primary Category: You Can't Put a Label on Me  Secondary Category: 
Tags: diversity, WIT, Women in Technology
Boys, there's something important we need to talk about. Girls don't have cooties. It's time to take down the "No Gurlz Allowed" sign. This clubhouse is big enough for all of us, and we'll all have a better time if we learn to play nicely together.

The percentage of women in technology has fallen steadily since the early 80s. 92% of Stack Overflow survey respondents identified as a male. Girls are discouraged from technology at a young age, and those who make it through are often driven out by an unwelcoming technical community. There are the obvious examples of sickening death threats against those in the gaming industry, but the daily grind of subtle undermining of women's competencies also takes its toll.

Teams perform better with diverse viewpoints, so it's in all of our best interests to solve this problem. And of course it's just the right thing to do.

We'll explore some of the challenges women face in technology communities, review ways we can all help improve our environment, and discuss efforts to bring more women into technology led by groups like Girl Develop It.