On GoRuCo, and chix who dev

Thanks to Shari Halter for interviewing me over on DevChix. I won’t claim to be much of a chik myself but I like what they’re trying to do on their site.

One of the things discussed in the interview, of course, is GoRuCo, which is sold out. Out of 120 seats, I believe we have 7 women—actually a better ratio than many other Ruby and Rails conferences, but that’s not much of an accomplishment.

I don’t feel as if I have any special insight as to why the gender gap in our field is so persistent, and I probably wouldn’t say that it’s anybody’s fault in particular. But it’s a serious problem—any field that’s so stupidly lopsided is bound to miss important perspectives—and it’s not going to go away in one broad stroke. The imbalance will be with us for a long time, but that’s no reason to ignore it.

How to fix it? Hard to say. GoRuCo doesn’t do anything overt in our treatment of the issue, and if anything I think that most of the work to be done, at least locally, is at the NYC.rb level and not the GoRuCo level. It’s probably not about a few grand steps taken at once, but about a lot of little steps taken over months or years. Maybe that’s vague, but my thoughts on this are still coalescing and I’m always loathe to talk about things I might do in the future. But check in with NYC.rb in a year and see how we’re doing …

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