Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Glass Ceilings

The below video part of an interview with Diane Greene, who was the president of VMware. Yeah, I don't know what VMware does, but here is a short snippet from the announcement of the change of leadership:

VMware’s Board of Directors announced today that it has made a change in the leadership of the company with the departure of Diane Greene as President and CEO. VMware’s Board of Directors has appointed Paul Maritz as President and CEO of VMware effective immediately. Maritz was also named to VMware’s Board of Directors.

Joe Tucci, Chairman of VMware’s Board of Directors said “VMware is in a tremendous position to extend its lead in the virtualization market. VMware’s Board of Directors is very pleased to be able to appoint an executive with Paul’s experience and track record to lead VMware to its next stage of growth and development. Paul is a leader in the software industry. He has decades of experience building one of the greatest franchises in software history, Windows. Paul was instrumental as part of the core executive leadership team in building much of Microsoft’s success.

When I was in school, middle school or so, I can remember a push at school to get us (and by us, I mean girls) more interested in science. I don't remember the school focusing on math, but I do remember a push in science. I don't want to quote a lot of statistics (because it would be so hard to look them up), so I will make some up.

In the 1980s there were not too many women doctors. Now, there are a bunch of them. As a woman who sees a doctor for yearly checkups, I would just like to say, "Thank goodness." Lots of women in healthcare. But not lots of women in IT. Personally, I think more men are attracted to IT because of the porn. But I don't have statistics to back me up on that one.

Sarah PalinNow we have a woman VP candidate: Sarah Palin. She certainly reminds us that women certainly have come a long way, baby. I mean, she can field dress a moose, give money to Alaskans in the form of oil rebates, and become John McCain's running mate. The first woman presidential candidate was Victoria Woodhull (in 1872) with the Equal Rights Party (her running mate was Frederick Douglass). The first woman with a shot at the White House was Geraldine Ferraro. Okay, with a presidential nominee like Walter Mondale, perhaps Sarah Palin may be the first candidate with a legitimate shot at the White House. I am not saying I am going to vote for McCain. Actually, I don't know who I am going to vote for.

Perhaps her middle school had a science program, too. I mean, where else do you learn to dress a moose. Guess McCain lost the PETA vote with his selection. Oh, and I like what Diane Greene said about glass ceilings - if you don't like them, build the house.


Grant said...

I just came here because my browser detected the word "porn". I'm disappointed. I guess I'll return to doing my I/T job. :p

I do remember a company I worked for in the early 90's who actively recruited women into the I/T department. I quit when they passed me over for promotion to hire a woman from the outside for the job, then asked me to train her.

Leesa said...

grant: so you were not able to train a woman in IT? I guess it may have been embarrasing to teach her how to surf porn.

Joe said...

Don't be misled. Porn is what attracts us to the internet - not to IT as a career.

And I admire her ability to field dress a moose. I, for one, have no idea what they wear.

~Deb said...

I even hear she makes a mean moose stew. That's my kinda' gal! ;)

QUASAR9 said...

aah, but can this palin girl cook?

Leesa said...

joe: I think porn is found in quarks that makes up the universe.

~deb: I prefer moose over rice.

quasar9: I think she is cooking Obama's goose right now.

mal said...

Out in the environs of manufacturing I see no more women in engineering than there were when I graduated.

Have we really come that far?

As regards Sarah Palin? I need more information. Some of her reputed positions on education worry me. I need to know a LOT more