I'm probably a disgrace to my gender for saying this but I think the new study showing women in IT face "significant barriers to advancement" is a bit overblown. According to [URL="http://anitaborg.org/news/archive/new-research-reveals-significant-barriers-to-advancement-for-mid-level-technical-women/"] research conducted by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology[/URL], the situation is so bad that nearly 30% of women are planning to leave their mid-level tech positions within the next year to "pursue alternative options." The study makes a number of assertions that seem to lay the blame for unhappy female tech workers at the feet of businesses without looking at all possible factors. For instance: …

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A lovely juxtaposition of two articles at TechCrunch this weekend: One expressed concern about discrimination against older workers in the computer industry; the other said that if women weren't successful in the tech industry, it wasn't men's fault. (H/T to @jmhodges, whose Twitter posting provided inspiration for the title.) The [URL="http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/28/silicon-valley%E2%80%99s-dark-secret-it%E2%80%99s-all-about-age/"]age [/URL]piece, by Vivek Wadhwa, criticized the computer industry for discrimination against older workers, and offered older workers advice. "My advice to managers is to consider the value of the experience that the techies bring," Wadhwa wrote. "With age frequently come wisdom and abilities to follow direction, mentor, and lead. …

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If you're a woman, it'll tick you off. If you're a man, hopefully it'll educate you. It's "My Fault I'm Female," or "[URL="http://myfaultimfemale.wordpress.com/"]MFIF[/URL]" for short, a compendium of everyday horror stories from women about how they've been treated on the job, by public servants, and by their family. It's also the fastest-growing WordPress blog, as of earlier this month -- and it's only been around for eight days. [ATTACH]16030[/ATTACH] "MFIF (My fault, I'm female) is a blog that shares stories of women who've been made to feel it's their fault that they are female at work, at home, or wherever," …

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Gentlemen, your suspicions have been confirmed - your lady/girlfriend/wife [I]is[/I] addicted to Facebook. [ATTACH=right]15821[/ATTACH]That's the finding in a new survey of 18-to-34-year-old ladies by Oxygen Media (think Oprah). It found that over a third of the 1600 women polled - 39% to be exact - describe themselves as "addicted" to the pervasive social networking service. In fact, not even the call of nature can rival the siren song of social media in the morning, as 34 percent admitted that they even check Facebook before using the bathroom in the morning. More evidence from the survey of a society's priorities gone …

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Forget about PC gaming, the new geek chic is social gaming and according to one new report it's women and divorcees who are leading the way. The latest [URL="http://www.globalwebindex.net"]Global Web Index[/URL] has identified that the most addicted social gaming players do not fit the typical geeky teenage boy computer gamer stereotype. instead, social gaming would appear to appeal more to people with large families, women and divorcees. Certainly social gaming is revolutionising the gaming market by engaging with a more diverse and larger audience, and by so doing it's making something of an impact on the game types that are …

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Apparently, women are more than twice as likely to go online and vent when stressed than speak to their partners. That's according to the results of a recent survey which also suggests that when stressed many women go and blog instead of turning to alcohol or chocolate. The survey, conducted by women's online community [URL="http://www.powderroomgraffiti.com"]Powder Room Graffiti[/URL] reveals that some 58% of women will write more online during difficult times, either by blogging, commenting or taking part in social networks. Only 23% said they turned to their partners when things got on top of them. "Our research would certainly indicate …

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A recent survey reckoned that, here in the UK at least, while 45 percent of the working population is female only 21 percent of the IT industry workforce can say the same. And this number seems to be falling, rather than increasing, year on year. I suspect, however, that the number of women taking part in the Miss Universe beauty competition who also work in IT would be an even smaller figure. Indeed, I would have guessed at a big fat, or rather small and skinny, zero. But that was until I heard about geek girl Sophie Johnson. [URL="http://www.justgiving.com/sophie_johnson"]Miss Johnson[/URL] …

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The usual image of a stalker is some creepy bloke obsessed by some TV star, following them around and making unwanted advances. When it comes to the online realm, however, it would appear that we might have to redraw that stereotype. New [URL="http://www.yasni.co.uk"]research[/URL] has revealed that while 50 percent of the Brits polled admitted to using search sites and social networks in order to spy on former partners and enemies alike, women were more likely to be doing the online stalking than men. Yes, some 62 percent of women 'fessed up to searching for an ex-partner using online tools while …

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If you believe the results of a survey conducted by [URL="http://www.infosec.co.uk"]InfoSecurity Europe[/URL] then women are four times as likely to give away their passwords for chocolate than men. This reveals two things: women prefer chocolate to IT and men rather predictably do not. It also reveals that we, as a whole, are getting much more security savvy. The same survey carried out last year as part of a social engineering exercise, discovered that 64 percent of folk would give their passwords up for a chocolate bar whereas this year that figure had dropped to just 21 percent. Carried out in …

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