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« Yeap Muslim to the bone!I am sorry »

Why more women need to study Computer Science


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    I work in the Software industry. An industry that is plagued by female disinterest. For some reason or another women are just not attracted to this industry and that needs to change.

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    If you take a look at ANY piece of software written in history. You'll discover how hostile to women it is. The whole environment feels like a Male's fun day in the garage.

    For men, the only thing that's missing from software are, sports, a remote control and and an automatic beer dispenser. This industry is alarmingly dominated by men.

    Sure the long hours and the stressful work environments with a bunch of geeks might not appeal to the majority of the female audience but so is the case in everything nowadays.

    Software like any other industry needs to benefit from diversity. The value that a different fresh perspective adds to make a great product. When 50% of your society is using products designed by the other 50% you end up with something that doesn't meet the needs for everyone.

    Not only that, you end up with a monotonous stagnant set of rules and guidelines that people live and interact by.

    Look at all operating systems out there. From Unix to windows from Mac to Linux, everything is designed by a male majority to cater for everyone. The result. This monstrosity we see on our screens everyday. A graphical user interface that is seriously in need for revamping, an underlying system of support tools that benefit the geeks of the wold. Sure I love that scientific calculator, but what good does it do to women? Children? Mom's and pops using the PC?

    Even online services are suffering from the same symptoms. Search engines come up on our browser screens everyday with what we've grown to expect. A little box that you input your search strings based on algorithms and ranking that has no clue about the concept or the person using it. Most probably targeting the Male audience

    I would classify this issue as a matter of accessibility, Almost all industries are doing better than the Software/hardware/IT industries when it comes to catering for diversity. Cars for example have evolved to cater for roles that are filled by women. The result, better cars for everyone and neat new features that MEN would have never thought of. Or implemented.

    Women need to take this challenge and focus on addressing it. Operating systems need to contain additions and features that appeal and solve the female needs. When was the last time you saw an OS that ships with a Period calculator? Not to pick on a subject but some women might find that quite an essential tool. I'm just stating this as an example without meaning any disrespect. Maybe women who are planning to get pregnant need to get a reminder in mail that they're ovulating or something. Mother's who are expecting a little gadget that calculates their baby progress and gives them estimates on their due date and what not. Maybe a dietary calender, or a meal suggester for their kids. Who knows there are many things in this fields that can be added. PC's in general need to be more hospitable to women. Maybe come up with keyboards that understands that some people have longer nails than others! Or they type softly. Or anything and everything that women do differently

    Yes, I know all my examples were kind of menstrual or maternal issues but see THIS IS EXACTLY the point. I as a male CAN NOT comprehend all women needs. A female would do a 100 times better than me regardless if she had a PhD or not

    I think this is a great opportunity to encourage young ladies to consider life careers in this industry and help make a change. Now is the time. A female friendly operating system is not the one that has nice cute pink themes. But rather an OS that provides essential functionality that everyone might need.

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    « Yeap Muslim to the bone!I am sorry »

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    asalam 3alaykom,
    yes you are right ,well maybe;)
    i suffer because i don't have such background..but computer studies weren't an option to me when i went to college..and although i've studied different subject afterwards ,i skipped that one..i taught myself how to handel my pc and that's it..know any lessons online??
    What you're suffering from is natural because the systems you're using were ALL designed by men ... for men ... They didn't take into consideration that women would also be using these tings and therefore the design is not perfect.
    Now if it was designed by a woman. I'm positive it would've been easier
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    • 7ala
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    • On: 6/30/2006 5:45:37 PM
    lah lah lah .. lesh hek ya 3ammy ya Qwaider? allah yertha 3lek ya 3ammy beddak tkharebeln 3kool elbanat? :-)

    Ana bra2yee seebna men kl eltechnology w khallina nerja3 la2ayam zaman a7sn ... bala computers bala operating systems bala hamm:/

    Amma elbanat fa khallihom yetzawajjo w yendabbo fi byothom w yetrko forsa lalshabab teshte3'el w tkawwen 7alha badal ma hommeh 2a3deen fi elba6aleh mo mla2yeen sho3'ol:)
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    • Jano
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    • On: 7/1/2006 11:58:08 AM
    well, i have a software engineering degree.. alot of courses i was the only female in the class! other classes are just 5 girls out of 40. im sure some courses for none.. anyway, the other related thing is, alot of the girls were with me wanted to go to the teaching field in schools, because its easier and maybe more money with holidays i dono.. i didnt go with this cuz its not my dream.. i still dont know what my dream is hehehe but def. not that. :)
    See Jano, what you're telling me is exactly the land scape I deal with everyday. In my team (15 engineers) we have 1 girl. In my group, (50 people) we have 2. It's Sad. We need more. Seriously need more. Imagine this is in the US!
    Smart women are preferring to go to easier jobs. We have to ignite the interest of young ladies. To make this happen. One day
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    • Jano
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    • On: 7/1/2006 12:18:37 PM
    yallah lakan ask your manager to send me the offer :PpP
    Wallah they would be honored to have you work here :)
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    • Jano
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    • On: 7/1/2006 12:24:37 PM
    teslam teslam :)
    Nice article...totally agree. Altho as a female, the items you listed aren't exactly on my list of priorities!! ;) but yes, you're right.. IT people don't know what female priorities are because female numbers are so low and thus very little input. Its the same in engineering... step into any engineering class and I guarantee males will far outnumber females.
    Here in the states, they actively recruit females into traditionally male-dominated fields, by offering them persuasive packages, like scholarships, etc. It would be great if this sort of thing weer applied to our universities back home, although to do that you have to get rid of the silly tawjihi-score-determines-your-life/major system.
    The converse is also true I believe. I mean, look at all the great things male nurses have done for the medical world, a field that was traditionally viewed as female-only.
    Hopefully someday soon, girls will smarten up and realize there is no such thing as a "man's world" - it belongs to ALL inhabitants, male or female, and all girls can kick ass at anything they want to.
    You too can have your Memories Documented

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