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A Cyberfeminist Utopia

By John | October 29, 2008

I have taught over 10,000 IBM professionals over the last 10 years.  I have also attended over a hundred technical conferences in that same period.  My empirical data from all these events suggests that less than five percent of the personnel in IT are woman.  There are people a lot smarter than me trying to figure this kind of stuff out; however, recently I have came across an interesting anomaly.  It appears that in Malaysia this is not the case.  Unfortunately, all the information I can find on this subject is not free.  It be would very interesting to understand why Malaysia is succeeding in this area where others are failing.

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One Response to “A Cyberfeminist Utopia”

  1. Danese Cooper Says:
    October 29th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    It has been explained to me by Malaysian women that it’s a cultural thing. Although the Prime Minister is a man, women actually run the country (hold all the persistent government positions). This is true in the organization of Malaysian family life as well. So it’s assumed women will become educated and will work outside the home and that they will hold important posts. No cultural penalty for being female and technical in Kuala Lumpur. Interestingly enough, the overwhelming majority of technical women I’ve met in Malaysia wear muslim headscarves and body-covering kabaya to work every day.