Image of the Day June 10
One Picture That Says A Whole Lot About The Tech Sector

(Photo: Dan Ackerman)

Go to any concert or sporting event and you're likely to see the same thing: a long lineup outside the women's bathroom - and no line at all outside the men's.

Well apparently, things are a little different when you go to a technology conference.

This is a photo from today's Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, and it shows a very long line snaking out of the men's bathroom, and no one waiting to use the women's.

It was taken by CNET's Dan Ackerman, who Tweeted it out with the caption, "WWDC explained in one photo."

Fact is, there's a real gender gap in the technology sector. According to this Venture Beat article, women contribute to only 1.2 per cent of open source software and five per cent of patents, and only three per cent of startups are founded by women.

Here are a couple of programs that are encouraging more women to pursue careers in technology:

One is called TechWomen Canada, a program run by the Canadian Trade Commissioner, and spearheaded by Cassie Doyle, the Consul General of San Francisco, The Globe and Mail reports.

It's designed to accelerate "the growth of Canada's most promising women-run companies," according to the government of Canada's website, by connecting and supporting women in the technology sector in Silicon Valley.

Then, there's Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT), a national volunteer organization that encourages young women to consider a career in tech, and supports women already in the field.

Hopefully, organizations like these will help even out the bathroom lineups at future conferences.

Oh, and if you're interested, CNET has a run-down of what was revealed at today's conference.

Via Gizmodo


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