At the OOPSLA planning meeting last weekend, we were looking at some of the statistics of our conference attendees. Demographics are always interesting and a good topic of debate. In this case, we were discussing the gender (im)balance at OOPSLA. One of the committee members (I won't mention names, to protect the guilty) said that we should use the high number of men at OOPSLA as a selling point for geekgirls like me: come to OOPSLA, have your pick of highly-intelligent men. Speaking as a woman of OOPSLA, I've got to say: the odds are good, but the goods are odd.
Nadyne Mielke of the Microsoft Mac BU has the best comment ever on the high ratio of men to women at tech conferences, (OOPSLA in this case):the odds are good, but the goods are oddBrilliant!
Ha! Um, yes. That would so sum it up.
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Heh. Hehe. What else can I say?