''When I started in 1972,'' she said, ''there were three girls in calculus out of a senior class of about 50. Now there are three sections of Advanced Placement calculus, in a class about the same size -- in other words, about 75 percent of the senior class. This would not have happened if we had bought into the reigning mantra of the time, which was, 'Boys are naturally interested in mathematics; let them do it. Girls are more talented in literature and history; why ask them to change?' '’ -Ann Pollina, principal of a girls’ high school NYT “Where the Girls Aren’t” Jan 2003
“ .... One wonders how many ideas that could have been contributed by female talent will never surface to enrich academic computer science. More broadly, what are the repercussions to our increasingly computer-oriented society if women – more than half the population and workforce—are not as prepared in this discipline as are men?”
She knew nothing about Internet technology, but she did know consumers - especially women in their twenties, who were identified early on as a key market. [She] made sure the service had features they'd like - shopping sites, horoscopes, […] easy email capability
As wonderful as [their] business model may be, that didn't guarantee a viable business. [She] made the model work. She paid attention to […] community, allowing it to help guide the site and develop innovations like customized online storefronts. The […] brand kept customers loyal. -Salon.com, Nov. 2001
“ The thing is, I think one of the reasons that [our product] is so popular is because the product combines element from both Ben and me. And I don't know if it's a female-male combination or if it's just the combination of our personalities, and frankly it really doesn't matter.”
The use of computing tools to support, extend, or derive added value from social activity—including (but not limited to) weblogs, instant messaging, music and photo sharing, mailing lists and message boards, and online social and business networking tools.