Women Engineers Show New Confidence About the C Word

I’ve been spending quite a few evenings of late at the Girl Geek Dinners, the Women in Technology events and various women leaders in technology things. The generation gap between the older girl geeks who fought for equal treatment and the girl geeks coming through now who thankfully don’t have to see or do the things we oldies saw or did back in the day is fascinating to me, and worth a post in its own right, but today I’m excited about something else: the ‘C’ word. Until relatively recently, the women engineers that I’ve worked with have been very careful about mentioning their children (the ‘c’ word in question, in case any of you thought it might abbreviate something else). As a general rule, I’ve seen secretaries and PAs put pictures of their children on their desks, chat openly about their children’s development, take time out to look after…