Talk by Maryam Razavian on Feminine Expertise in ICT: An Industrial Survey


The involvement of women as members of the ICT workforce, as users of ICT products and as designers of ICT developments, have attracted attention of both academia and practice. When the field of information and communication technology (ICT) emerged, many saw it as an area that would especially attract women. Unfortunately, research shows that many countries face under-representation of women in ICT, particularly in decision-making and leadership positions. With the increasing influence and pervasiveness of ICT in modern society, it is especially important to include both men and women perspectives in ICT development. In this regard, one of the main motivations of ICT companies is to boost innovation and creativity through gendered diversity. This makes the problem of women’s understatement of great importance in this field. Here we explore and discuss this problem.

This talk presents the final results of a study among four large ICT organizations  in the Netherlands.

Date & Location: Tuesday, 12th February 2014 at 19:00-22:00, IntertainLab at the VU

About PyLadies AMS: PyLadies is an international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community through education, conferences, events and social gatherings.
Pyladies is organized in 23 local chapters in several cities of the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. The Amsterdam chapter ( has been founded in Summer 2013 and it has already organized 4 meetups. Each of these meetups consisted in an evening social event with 3-4 talks on Python programming, tutorials on libraries for particular applications (e.g. data mining) and general best practices in software engineering and attracted around 50 participants.

Sponsors: Thanks to the Computer Science department and the Network Institute ( for sponsoring this event.

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