UNLOCKING THE CLUBHOUSE - BRIDGING THE GENDER GAP FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN IN
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2003
On Friday, October 3, 2003, Mainely Girls is hosting a conference,
"Unlocking the Clubhouse: Bridging the Gender Gap for Girls and Women in
Computing" at the Sable Oakes Marriott in Portland, Maine. Social
scientist, Jane Margolis, and computer scientist and educator, Allan
Fisher, authors of Unlocking The Clubhouse: Women in Computing (MIT Press
2002), will address state-wide educators and administrators - middle school
through graduate school - who are in positions to act as agents for change
in Maine schools, colleges, and universities.
Attendees will hear about Margolis and Fisher's research at Carnegie
Mellon, where they studied how the technology gender gap develops and then
enacted educational reforms. These reforms made a dramatic difference --
the percentage of women entering the School of Computer Science rose from
7% in 1995 to 42% in 2000. In addition, they will discuss how the Carnegie
Mellon Summer Institute for Advanced Placement Computer Science Teachers,
which provided gender-equity instruction, increased the numbers of girls
taking high school computer science.
In the afternoon, Laura Allen, CEO and President of Vision Education in New
York City, and Gabrielle Gallucci, Special Projects Consultant, YWCA of the
USA and former national director of YWCA TechGYRLS and NetPropGYRLS
programs and after school clubs, will discuss Effective Technology
Education for Girls, focusing on differences in the ways girls and boys
learn, absorb and engage with technology, and how to structure work with
girls and women so it's effective and meaningful.
The third session, Tech Industry Leaders: Swimming Upstream, is a panel
discussion by women who have made it in technology, moderated by Elizabeth
Reuthe, Elizabeth Reuthe Associates, Inc.
Registration information is available on the Mainely Girls' website at
http://www.mainelygirls.org or by calling Mainely Girls at 207.230.0170.
Some scholarship money is available.
This conference is sponsored in part by: Maine Department of
Transportation, Maine Women's Fund, MBNA, National Semiconductor, and the
U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau.
Mainely Girls, a leading state-wide non-profit organization with seven
years' experience working to improve the lives of Maine girls, continues
its long-standing commitment to girls and technology by bringing this
crucial educational conference to the people who can make the difference
for girls in the technological world and ultimately increase the numbers of
Maine girls who successfully pursue careers in technology.
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