Dom kicked up a women in technology debate again recently. I’ve seen a few responses, from one chap who thinks women have achieved equality already to a woman who doesn’t think girl’s brains are generally good for “programming” – and someone else who thinks there isn’t a problem as long as you’re thick skinned enough to put up with a sexually hostile workplace.
I think a fair summary of his, and some other commenters, opinion is that these “women-only” events don’t help the effort to get more women involved in technology. Comparing it to positive discrimination in many ways.
More Leeds Market photos here on my Flickr profile.
Expect unstructured discussion of Ruby, Ruby on Rails and other random stuff plus nice people, great beer and coffee and geeky tshirts.
The balcony back room of Mr Foley’s has been booked. Announce that you’re coming on the upcoming page.
Oh, and we now have a website: http://leedsrubything.org/
Just felt what at first I thought was a heavy gust of wind but what then very quickly became an earthquake. We’re in Leeds but quickly got reports from friends over instant messenger, irc and twitter that it’s been felt elsewhere in Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Nottingham.
I’m hearing the collective throat clearing of every geologist in the country in preparation for various TV and radio interviews.
I personally have been expecting the end of days for a few years now and am well prepared in the form of:
- 5 torches
- high capacity Internet link
- several comfortable cushions
- a good stock of tea
- prayer books for all the best gods
Some of the people of the North West Ruby User Group (who usually meet in Manchester) have organised the first little Leeds get together. No real name yet, so it’s the Leeds Ruby Thing for now.
No clear plan yet either, but expect unstructured discussion of Ruby and Ruby on Rails at least.
Thursday 7th February 2008 at 7pm in the Victoria Hotel pub. All welcome!
More details here: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/423116