Jamie Burke is hosting the Female Social Media Guru UK Awards as an opportunity to “challenge the current under-representation of females on event panels by offering a high profile platform for women.” I’m very honored to be among some rock stars on the ballot – you can check it out and vote here!
I just returned from the South By South West Interactive conference in Austin, TX, where I attended a panel that asked if Women on the Web had more opportunities than in a more traditional work environment. My notes, unfortnately, were eaten by that same Web (in publishing them they were erased by a bad wifi connection), but the major take-aways for me were additional questions, like:
- What are the differences (or are there any, etc.) between women and other non-privileged groups on the Web?
- How do those differences impact opportunities and voices online?
- How do opportunities, successes, connections and authority online translate into offline opportunities and successes?
- What cultural shifts need to take place offline in order to provide non-privileged groups earlier access, interest, and opportunity in technology-related fields?
I’d love to hear some of your thoughts about those questions or others!