[SASAG] Women in Tech Series from www.oreillynet.com

Scott McDermott scottm at octaldream.com
Wed Sep 5 10:43:47 PDT 2007

For those of you who might be interested.

Scott McDermott

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Women of Tech: Hear Us Roar, A Special Series from www.oreillynet.com
The Mighty Voices of Sisterhood in Tech

Sebastopol, CA--There's no doubt that women coders, developers,
and programmers are a powerful force in the modern tech industry,
their smaller numbers compared to men. At the same time many of the
impacts and innovations of women at every level of the development and
evolution of technology--from the first female coders to today's Web 2.0
pioneers--aren't all that well known.

But starting now, O'Reilly Media aims to celebrate and give voice to the
real-world experiences and concerns of these female trailblazers by
publishing a new online series, "Women in Tech." The brainchild of
Apandi, an associate editor at O'Reilly, the series features articles
solicited from technology's female side--and all focused on what it's
to carve out a career in technology.

The timely new series reveals the challenges, rewards, and, sometimes,
frustrations of being a woman in an industry still dominated by men.
day, we'll present a different woman's story that I believe will open
readers' eyes to her unique perspective," explains Apandi. "We have
contributions from conference organizers, authors, programmers,
developers, and more--women who have pioneered prosperous careers in

"As the series progresses, I hope readers find that this myriad of
perspectives shows how valuable it is to hear different points of view,"
says Tatiana. "Whether readers think there are issues on which we need
work or that there are no issues at all, one underlying truth is that we
need to support each other as individuals and help one another with our
separate goals."

With clarity, honesty, and wit, this collection reveals what it's like
be in the minority of the male-dominated geek culture. Here are just a
of the voices in this upcoming series:

- Anna Martelli, Ravenscroft, Pythonista
- Audrey Eschright, independent programmer/designer/publisher
- CJ Rayhill, SVP of Product Management and Technology for Safari Books
- Dawn Foster, Director of Developer Relations at Jive Software
- Dru Lavigne, Chair of the BSD Certification Group Inc
- Gabrielle Roth, member of the Portland Perl Mongers
- Jeni Tennison, independent consultant and author
- Jill Dyche, partner and co-founder of Baseline Consulting
- Juliet Kemp, Systems Administrator for the Astrophysics group at
Imperial College
- Julia Lerman, Board member of the Vermont Software Developer Alliance,
runs the Vermont.NET User Group
- Kaliya Hamlin, unconference Shesgeeky.org organizer
- Kirsten Jones, webmaster for The Perl Foundation 
- Lauren Wood, Chaired for the W3C DOM Working Group
- Leslie Hawthorn, works for Open Source Programs Office at Google
- Selena Deckelmann, leads PDXPUG, a PostgreSQL Users Group
- Shelley Powers, software developer/architect, photographer, and author

The "Women in Tech," series starts Sept 4. Find out what they have to
share and join the discussion here:

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