Women in technology

O’Reilly is running a Women in Technology series of articles. I suspect that this will be primarily a series on women in American technology, which is a significantly different experience from those of us in other countries (speaking from the point of view of having worked in tech in both Canada and the US, and traveled on business to about 20 other countries), but it’s a start.

And for all the independent women out there, a lovely little fairy tale sent to me by a friend today:

Once upon a time
in a land far away,
a beautiful, independent,
self-assured princess
happened upon a frog as she sat
contemplating ecological issues
on the shores of an unpolluted pond
in a verdant meadow near her castle.

The frog hopped into the princess’ lap
and said: “Elegant Lady,
I was once a handsome prince,
until an evil witch cast a spell upon me.
One kiss from you, however,
and I will turn back
into the dapper, young prince that I am
and then, my sweet, we can marry
and set up housekeeping in your castle
with my mother,
where you can prepare my meals,
clean my clothes, bear my children,
and forever feel
grateful and happy doing so.”

That night,
as the princess dined sumptuously
on lightly sautéed frog legs
seasoned in a white wine
and onion cream sauce,
she chuckled and thought to herself:
I don’t fuckin think so

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