Re: Help Systems & Gender Differences

Subject: Re: Help Systems & Gender Differences
From: Steve Fouts <sfouts -at- ELLISON -dot- SC -dot- TI -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 1994 12:58:06 CDT

|} "High Tech: Where the Girls *Aren't*" by Gina Boubion, staff writer. A
|} front page feature article in the San Jose Mercury News newspaper. Sunday,
|} April 10th, 1994.
|} Here are recommended strategies:
|} + Target girls. Reserve half of the machines to girls.
|} + Devote days to girls-only use.
|} + Set up an girls-only computer club.
|} + Pick popular girls to use the computers.

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Interesting. I have a copy of a thesis written in 1991 by Ellen Spertus
(then) of MIT, in which she objected to these kinds of "affirmative
action" tactics as being counter productive, "Thus, in attempting to
encourage women, people sometimes end up implicitly insulting them."

Having said that, I have in my posession only a hardcopy of the thesis,
and have been unable to find the original softcopy again since. It is
86 pages. The thesis is titled, "Why are There so Few Female Computer
Scientists?" by Ellen Spertus, MIT, January, 1991.

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