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Virginia Tech Researchers Engage Communities to Support Women in IT Careers

February 24, 2010

AITES t-shirt Interactions with others dissuade young girls with an interest in technology from considering a career in information technology. "There's nothing wrong with the girls," said one of the researchers. "They have as much interest, ability and access as boys their age. What is lacking is encouragement from those around them and knowledge of local opportunities." Full Story

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