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Lean out?

Ten years ago we read Lean In. Now this

interesting video in Italian by Corriere della Sera about women who quit. From Sheryl Sandberg to Susan Wojcicki, why do excellent women 50+ quit? And why in Italy of the 52.000 resignments in 2021, 71% are women?

I do not know the causes, but I have an hypothesis that trying to address the gender gap by intervening on young children may be ineffective. The question should be more and more “how to retain” and not only “how to recruit”.

I my case, I notice that – without comparing me to Sandberg or Wojcicki, I doubt more of my ability to know and to evolve as a teacher and research leader than my male peers. If I despare that AI has disrupted and will disrupt software engineering mthods, I hear my peers saying “it is only a wave, it will pass”.

And would I continue to struggle with research questions and project reports if I had the millions of dollars of Sheryl and Susan? Or would I rather dedicate my time and resources to causes that may interest (and worry) me more than software engineering? So while I do not blame the women who lean out, I will not tell you the answer of what I would do, I tell the question and I challenge you all, female and male with the same one.

Soon is 8th March. I will celebrate the 7th in Trondheim at DnB, take the night train to Oslo to celebrate the 50 women in tech in Norway, and then to Bergen on the 9th.

Celestial bodies Kokha Alharthi

This book is wonderful. I have now read 30% but I urge to write it down. I started in English but it was too challenging as it often is for me with books which contain words from unknown universes like the one in this book. It is about three sisters in Oman and the evolution in time and space. A sort of Elena Ferrante from the Arabic world. When I read a book like this, my day becomes a longing to the time I will read again in the evening. To be continued

una notte a ridere

ci sono quelli che amano la carta, le copertine, l’odore delle pagine. Io no, io amo le parole, i ricordi, e io si, io leggo sul cellulare, cosi’ se mi sveglio a meta’ della notte, son contenta perche’ passo dal sonno alla lettura. E la lettura mi consola, mi diverte, mi cura, mi ispira. Perche’ ogni volta che il padre di Veronica dice «Siamo arrivati al paradosso» sento il mio, di babbi, che dice “Addirittura!”. Perche’ Veronica si auto cura e ci cura facendoci ridere. L’esibizionista in impermeabile, con la galassia di materia organica sotto i pantaloni “e se l’uomo in impermeabile avesse voluto dirmi che era malato? Se fosse stata una richiesta di aiuto?”. Bello il titolo, i ricordi son nostri, veri o falsi, la nonna che “fa la piaciona con Pippo Baudo” lo consiglio a tutti. Di piu’ non vi dico. Siamo arrivati al paradosso! Addirittura!

I am a quota @eugain19122 @COSTprogramme @LailaDeeb1 @eskaunis

In an ideal world we should not have quotes. But with the situation we have at present, and given the slow increased pace of women in IT, the example of Norway shows that quotas work. I am a quota myself ..

It was wonderful to interact with Laila and Esa. EUGAIN has been and is like a tsunami of possibilities and of hard work. Each day I discover so many things I do not know about software, gender, policies, people management. Let the journey continue.