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Link of the Week - Facing the skills shortage: Attracting more women to ICT


Participants in Shadowing Day at CERN. Image courtesy of GridTalk

When you go to a grid-computing conference, you notice that the overwhelming majority of attendees have a Y chromosome.

To attempt to understand why this is so, GridTalk issued a GridBriefing on women in the grid, and why the numbers of women in information and communication technology keep declining.

Entitled "Facing the skills shortage: attracting more women to ICT," the briefing lays out some possible reasons for the phenomenon, along with ways to move forward, attract more female students to the field, improve equality and integration, and enhance the visibility and attractiveness of the field overall.

There are also opinions about the reasons for the lack of women, information on Gender Action Plans and Shadowing Days, and links for more information and background.

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