It is very seldom one receives personal letters these days. When it happens it is always very exciting, as they are almost always good news. Today when I got home from work I was not very happy, quite fed up actually. This particular letter could therefore not have picked a better time to await me in the hallway.
The envelope was dark green and there was some sort of thing in it. (This kind of personal letters are of course even nicer than the flat ones.) My address was prettily written with gold letters. At the back of the envelope was written “En IT-mamma kram” and in it was the prettiest fridge magnet. It read “We can do it!”.
When I saw it, all my unhappiness was gone and I felt really good again. IT-mamman is Christina Löfving, one of the cleverest ICT-advisors I have ever encountered. In fact, during the last few years I have met a lot of women whom are very knowledgable and clever when it comes to IT – a field normally dominated by men. The reason why IT nowadays attracts women, is most probably because it is used in combination with pedagogics. The field of IT-pedagogics seems to me to be a field of gender equality which is of course great. This means that there are plenty of us women there, to be role models when it comes to the younger generation. For young girls to see women handle technique with confidence must be a boost to their own confidence. I remember an incident a little while back, when I helped one of the younger boys at our school to fix something computer related. When I had fixed his problem he sad with awe “You sure can handle a computer!”
So to us ICT women out there I say: “We can do IT!” To mention a few: Kristina Alexanderson, Marie Andersson (Ö-pedagogen), Anne-Marie Körling, Sandra Wissting, Alma Taawo, Maria Zell (Decembertjej), Ulrika Jonson, Åsa Kronkvist (Ugglemamman), Lena Gällhagen
And if you think of anyone else whom deserves a mention, please add them in the comment section.