Quote from liz on October 28, 2011, 23:08
I don't know - I've been totally dismayed at the gender balance on view at these forums, and among the hardware enthusiasts at the conferences I've been to. One of the things I'd really like to be able to address with Raspberry Pi (as would the other guys working with the project - I just have a vested interest, what with the chromosomes and everything) is the gender imbalance in tech. I don't know how we can get started (although I have a lot of ideas), but it's becoming more and more evident that it's something we really need to prioritise when we start our schools outreach.
Yeah, it is a bit... Weird. I guess hardware hacking and tech/programming in general is just seen as something only "nerdy" guys do, just because of culture. But, likewise, I don't see any way to really start changing it. Hopefully the raspi can help make it a bit more even, because while guys are cute and all, girls are more fun to be around.
There is a decent amount of girls in web design though. Still pretty imbalanced, but yeah.
Mind sharing any ideas? I'd love to give demos to elementary/middle school students, and probably will in the future, so anything you have in mind I'd love to hear.